THE VICAR OF BULLHAMPTON. Anthony Trollope.

THE VICAR OF BULLHAMPTON.

[in original cloth] With Thirty Illustrations by H. Woods. London: Bradbury, Evans, and Co., 1870. 10 pp undated ads. Original brown cloth with cover vignette in gilt.

First Edition in book form of this novel "written chiefly with the idea of exciting not only pity but also sympathy for a fallen woman" [per Trollope's autobiography]. Carry Brattle, the Bullhampton miller's daughter, seduced and then rejected by a lover, was "exiled" to London with her illegitimate child -- who in turn would years later be accused of a murder; the town Vicar, who had earlier befriended the young boy, steps in to solve the case by finding the real murderers.~This was one of the eight Trollope novels that were initially issued serially -- in 11 monthly parts issued from July 1869 through May 1870 (this book edition was published in April 1870). As Sadleir points out, there are actually 35 illustrations, not 30 as indicated on the title page: 23 full-page plates, plus twelve vignettes (title page plus eleven chapter headings). This copy has grey endpapers (Sadleir also cites white, and we have additionally seen pale yellow); Sadleir notes that "varieties of endpaper and edges are to be expected in books originally published in parts and for which the publishers supplied binding cases for local application."~This copy is in very good-plus condition, with very minor shelf-wear at corners; the rear endpaper is slightly cracked. In our experience this is quite a difficult Trollope title to acquire in original cloth and in decent condition -- as most copies we encounter are rebound in half-leather. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 33. Item #13573

Price: $1,250.00

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