The Irish Member. A Novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1868. 2 pp preliminary ads plus 4 pp terminal ads, undated. Original black cloth lettered in gilt.
First American Edition of one of Trollope's six "political novels" -- "it is in fact the first in which the affairs of the parliamentary world are of major interest" [Gerould]. Trollope's comment in his autobiography:~It is all fairly good except the ending, -- as to which till I got to it I had made no provision. As I fully intended to bring my hero again into the world, I was wrong to marry him to a simple pretty Irish girl, who could only be felt as an encumbrance on such return. When he did return [in PHINEAS REDUX] I had no alternative but to kill the simple pretty Irish girl, which was an unpleasant and awkward necessity.~This is often touted as the true first edition, since it is dated 1868 and the London two-decker (also illustrated by Millais) is dated 1869; however, according to Sadleir this American edition was not actually issued to the public until April 1869, a month after the London edition. (However, American copies dated 1868 have only 17 of the 20 illustrations, lacking the final three -- making it more likely that it was issued earlier than that.)~This copy is in black cloth (one of several colors, without precedence), and is in very good-plus condition, with the spine gilt unusually bright; as usual with these tall slim Harper volumes, there is light wear at the spine ends. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) p. 91; not in Wolff. Item #13730