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The Belton Estate
Chapman and Hall, London 1866 - A Very Good copy of the first edition, first printing of this quite difficult-to-find Anthony Trollope triple-decker, bound in three-quarter blue leather with complementary blue boards, top edge gilded (some modest edge wear, a few tiny rubs to the spines); an EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE SET with ALL THREE VOLUMES BEING FIRST EDITION, FIRST PRINTING. The novel centers on the unsophisticated but golden-hearted farmer, Will Belton, a distant cousin of Clara Amedroz who occupies the Estate with her aged father. Belton becomes heir to the Estate upon the suicide of Clara's spendthrift brother, Charles, and, while visiting the Estate, falls in love with Clara who, in turn, is in love with Captain Aylmer, a rather cold up-and-coming Member of Parliament to whom Clara becomes engaged. While a young Henry James described The Belton Estate as being "a stupid book, without a single thought or idea in it . a sort of mental pablum", Nathaniel Hawthorne's general description of Trollope's novels as "solid, substantial, written on the strength of beef and through the inspiration of ale." is a more apt description of this work. Noted by Sadleir as being one of the scarcest of all of Trollope's works, the novel does not often appear on the market in the original triple-decker format and appearances of a set with each volume in first edition, first printing are scarcer still. [Three editions -- i.e. printings, in the case at hand -- of the novel were issued in the triple-decker format. Although dated "1866", the first printing was issued in 1865 and the second an third printings were issued in 1866.] Sadleir states that first editions, first printings of the novel in any form are rare, that copies in original cloth are very rare, and that he never had seen a copy of the book offered in a bookshop or at auction. Interestingly, Trollope intended that the novel be issued in 2 volumes rather than in 3 and, in his schedule of returns earned from his work noted by his entry for The Belton Estate: "surreptitiously printed in three volumes". A Very Good copy of an extraordinarily scarce Trollope triple-decker novel in the first edition, first printing, of which Sadleir stated: "The Belton Estate in first edition, through some hazard of publishing history which I cannot explain, has simply disappeared." A Very Good copy of the complete first edition, one of Trollope's scarcest works. EXCEEDINGLY SCARCE. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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