[in the 20 serial parts] With Illustrations by J. E. Millais. [In 20 monthly serial parts.] London: Chapman and Hall, 1861-1862. Original printed wrappers.
First Edition, in the original twenty serial parts which were issued from March 1861 through October 1862. Included are forty full-page plates by the famous Pre-Raphaelite artist Sir John Everett Millais -- two in each part. "While it is primarily a tragedy of misdirected maternal love, the book contains much of the best Trollopian humor, and includes the portrait of his finest gentleman, Sir Peregrine Orme" [Gerould]. In his autobiography Trollope later noted,
The plot... is probably the best I have ever made; but it has the fault of declaring itself, and thus coming to an end too early in the book... I do not know that there is a dull page in the book.
This was the first of Trollope's eight novels that appeared in serial parts. After the tenth and twentieth part, a volume was issued in book form (preliminary leaves are provided in those two parts for that purpose).
This set of parts of course has all of the text and plates, but in addition it has almost all of the ad material found in an absolutely complete set. Part XIII lacks one of the preliminary ad leaves, the inset slip for "No Name," and the two leaves of ads at the rear; and in Parts XV and XVI combined, a portion of three rear ad leaves are partially torn away. Part VI does have the inset slip for "Great Expectations" and it does still have the cambric frilling sample (often missing) at the rear. As for condition: most of the wrappers have some darkening (or at least foxing around the edges); about five of the parts show edge-wear, particularly at the spine; the final part has three small stab-marks near its spine (as if it had once been bound in); on the other hand the Millais plates (and the text) are remarkably clean and free of foxing, and the leaves of nine of the twenty parts remain unopened. This is one of Trollope's scarcer novels in parts. Sadleir 13. Housed in a clamshell case. Item #12590