With Sixteen Illustrations by M. Ellen Edwards. In Two Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1867. 2 pp undated ads in each volume. Original green cloth elaborately decorated in blind and gilt, beveled.
First Edition of these adventures of Harry Clavering, beginning with Julia Brabazon jilting him in favor of a wealthy old debauchee.~It is a novel of atmosphere, and the atmosphere is of that sort very dangerous for the English novelist...; the green-lighted, close-scented gambling rooms, the shabby adventures of half-deserted spas, the shelving beaches of foreign watering-places, concealed accents, stolen passports, impoverished counts and impertinent ladies' maids... [Walpole, quoted in Gerould] ~Trollope himself later recalled that "I consider the story as a whole to be good, though I am not aware that the public ever corroborated that verdict." There were no subsequent two-volume editions following this first one.~Sadleir notes two very similar binding variants: one with the cloth stamped in gilt and in black, and the other identical except that the black stamping is replaced by blind-stamping. This copy is of the latter variant. Sadleir opines~I do not know which style is earlier, but would, on general principles, incline to favour that with the additional black-blocking. Not only is it less frequently found than the [blind-stamped] one above described, but publishers tend to simplify rather than to elaborate a binding design for economy's sake if for no other reason.~This set is in very good or slightly better condition -- quite clean and bright, with light wear along the spine ends and joints (the latter is typical for these volumes, because each spine bulks wider than the rest of the volume); the original terra-cotta endpapers are still here, with only minor cracking. Sadleir (AT) 27. Item #13124