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London: Chapman and Hall, 1862. - Two volumes. Original blindstamped brown-purple grained cloth with gilt decorated spines, untrimmed. Illustrations by J.E. Millais. Spines a little faded (as usual), small perforation to rear endsheet gutter of vol. II, some offsetting to pastedowns and light foxing to endsheets, otherwise a fine set in an amateurish half-morocco slipcase with cloth- covered insert. Very scarce in this condition. First edition in book form (originally issued in twenty monthly parts), possibly mixed issues. Sadleir notes that "reprinting of the two volumes was not simultaneous . . . and I believe that the numerous combinations of varying volumes which exist are due, not always to careless mixing of sets between 1862 and present day, but often to circumstances of publication." In this set, the first volume corresponds generally with Sadleir's first issue, bearing the stabholes of the original bound-together parts, vertically grained cloth, and the printer's imprints on verso of the title and on p. 320. However, Sadleir calls for two plates to be together between pp. 86 and 87, and in this volume, one of the plates is bound-in facing p. 73, which Sadleir indicates is a second issue trait. In this set, Volume II has vertically grained cloth, as called for in Sadleir's third issue, but otherwise corresponds with Sadleir's first issue. No advertisements are included in either volume. However, Sadleir indicates: "the presence of absence of a catalogue . . . will, in the case of Orley Farm, have even less than its usual significance, because of the tangled chronology of the novel's piecemeal issue." SADLEIR 13.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Literature, ABAA]
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