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1878 - A Novel. In Three Volumes. London: Chapman & Hall, 1878. Bound in full dark brown straight-grained morocco. First Edition. Like so many Victorian novels, this one hinges upon the question of who is the legitimate (or illegitimate) heir to a fortune and title -- or, in this case, "Will the real Lord Popenjoy please stand up?" Although the number of first edition copies issued is unknown, Sadleir places this title toward the top of his Trollope list of comparative scarcity -- fourteenth scarcest of the fifty-three titles.~This set is bound by Zaehnsdorf, with half-titles but without the Vol I or Vol II ad leaves, in full brown straight-grained morocco, gilt-paneled spines, marbled endpapers with elaborate gilt dentelles. Since the Victorian three-decker was meant to be rented and not bought by the public, most copies went straight from the publisher to a lending library -- and then had to be rebound. The volumes are in near-fine condition (very minor wear at a few edges), which is rather remarkable in that this binding is probably more than a century old. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 49. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA]]
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