With Illustrations by George H. Thomas. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1866-1867. [In 32 weekly serial parts.] Original cream wrappers decorated in black, orange and blue.
First Edition, in 32 weekly serial parts, of the sixth and last of the Barsetshire Novels. Trollope observed in his autobiography, ~I regard this as the best novel I have written. I was never quite satisfied with the development of the plot, which consisted in the loss of a cheque, of a charge made against a clergyman for stealing it, and of absolute uncertainty on the part of the clergyman himself as to the manner in which the cheque found its way into his hands.~THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET first appeared in these 32 weekly parts, beginning on December 1, 1866 and ending on July 6, 1867. Included in each part is a full-page plate plus an opening vignette, by George H. Thomas. Also included in the 16th and 32nd parts are the preliminary leaves for binding up the parts into two volumes; each bound volume was also available directly from the publisher in March and July 1867 respectively.~The continuously-paginated Smith Elder ads (on pale lilac paper) appear at the beginning of 28 of the 32 parts (the exceptions being the 5th, 6th, 7th & 9th parts); all but eight of the other "compulsory" ads listed by Sadleir are present -- and in fact, with the exception of one inset slip in the 18th part (seldom present), all parts from the 10th through the 32nd are "ad-complete."~Condition, on the whole, is near-fine. As is often the case, the front wrapper of the 1st part and the rear wrapper of the 32nd part show a bit of soil and wear (one small edge-chip in the latter); additionally, the rear wrapper of the 17th part is damp-soiled. Other than these three, the parts are essentially in fine condition, clean and with very little wear. There is very little foxing on wrappers, text or plates. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) pp 78-81. Housed in a cloth clamshell case. Item #13855