London: Wm. Isbister, 1882. Original terra-cotta cloth on flexible boards.
First Edition, first state -- dated 1882, in smooth cloth and black endpapers (later copies, dated 1883, were in a grained cloth, with white endpapers). This was the second volume in Isbister's ill-fated "English Political Leaders" series, modeled after Macmillan's series "English Men of Letters"; SIR ROBERT PEEL had been the first volume, and WILLIAM PITT would follow, but that would be it for the venture. For this series Isbister adopted the brief early-1880s experiment of binding with staples rather than string -- a dismal failure (and making whole copies very scarce today).~This is a very good copy, with very little wear but with a bit of cover soil; the title page bears a 1955 signature. One of the least-seen Trollope titles. Sadleir (Trollope) 63. Item #13079