[in 32 weekly parts] With Illustrations by Marcus Stone. London: Virtue & Company, October 17  - May 22 . Original grey-green pictorial wrappers printed in red and black.
First Edition, in 32 weekly parts (serialization was also available in eight monthly parts, and at the end the novel was issued in two volumes). Louis Trevelyan "knows he is right" about his young wife's lack of faithfulness. This is~a long and detailed study of the gradual falling into madness of a suspicious husband... The final stages of his mental and moral dilapidation have a wild affliction unusual in the controlled world of Trollope characters. [Sadleir]~The publisher Virtue gave Trollope extremely generous terms in order to be able to publish this novel -- too generous: Virtue "went under" after the 29th part, after which Strahan & Co. picked up the remainder. (Hence the lack of inserted ads in the last three numbers, Strahan's name on those three inside-rear wrappers, and Strahan's name on the book title pages included in the last part.)~Included are 32 plates by Marcus Stone (one per part), and, at the end of the final part, the preliminary leaves for both volumes -- for those buyers who wanted to have their parts bound up. All ads specified by Sadleir are present (including the rather chaotic assortment of preliminary ads in Parts 21 through 25, when "Virtue was too flustered with commercial misfortune to prolong accurate advertising").~Condition overall is very good-plus: actually, Parts 2 through 31 are just about fine, but (as is often the case) the first part and last part show some edge-wear, especially at the spines. In all, this is quite a nice set of one of the eight Trollope novels that were serialized in parts. Sadleir 31 (pp 92-103). Housed in a handsome morocco-backed slipcase with inner chemise. Item #13572