In Three Volumes. London: Chatto & Windus, 1883. 32 pp Vol I ads dated March 1883. Original blue-green cloth decorated in brown.
First Edition of this novel about a man who valued his estate above his honor, and who accordingly tried to have his cake and eat it too...~John Scarborough, owner of a large landed property in Hertfordshire, resented the restrictions of the law of entail [predetermined succession of estate]. He accordingly devised a scheme whereby he was able by a double marriage, one before and one after the birth of his eldest son, to declare him illegitimate or not, as the future might make desirable... [Gerould]~It is not hard to imagine the subterfuge and treachery this scheme creates between father, elder son and younger son.~MR. SCARBOROUGH'S FAMILY first appeared serially in "All The Year Round," running weekly from May 1882 to June 1883, during which span (December 1882) Trollope died; this three-decker was published posthumously in May 1883. As with most Victorian three-decker novels, it was priced at 31s. 6d.: most people could not afford to buy it, but would rather have to rent it from the lending libraries (which could buy the volumes at a steep discount).~This is an unusually bright, near-fine set (Vol I has a trace of wear at the spine ends, slight cracking of its endpapers, and minor bubbling of the cloth near its front joint -- just like the one other close-to-fine copy we have had). The bindings are clean, and the gilt is bright -- highly remarkable for a novel that was produced for lending libraries to be rented out fortnightly and "read to death." Sadleir (Trollope) 66; Wolff did not have a copy. Housed in a handsome felt-lined clamshell case with leather labels. Item #13571