A Novel. In Two Volumes. With a Frontispiece by J. E. Millais, R.A. London: Chatto & Windus, 1882. 32 pp Vol II ads dated July 1882. Original olive cloth decorated in brown and black.
First Edition of this potboiler in which young Cecilia Holt's husband is "kept in the dark" regarding her prior engagement to the only man in England whom he cannot abide. This was one of Trollope's last novels (though the first of three that were published by Chatto & Windus): it was published in August or September 1882, and he had a stroke in November -- to which he succumbed five weeks later.~This is a very good set: the volumes were at some point re-cased in their original bindings (preserving the original patterned endpapers), and there is some staining and creasing; each front paste-down bears the label of W.H. Smith's subscription library (Dublin & Belfast) -- such lending libraries were the fate of most all this title's first edition copies. Yet this is nonetheless quite acceptable condition for an uncommon Trollope title (Sadleir places KEPT IN THE DARK in the second of his four "scarcity categories," and considers it one of the very scarcest of Trollope's later works); we have never had a copy approaching fine condition. Sadleir (Trollope) 65; Sadleir (XIX C) p. 382; not in Wolff. Item #13080