Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1883. 4+24 pp undated ads in Vol II. Original dark rose cloth.
First Edition of Trollope's autobiography, published in October 1883, less than a year after his death. The editor of these papers, who also wrote the Preface, was the author's son Henry M. Trollope.
During the later autumn and winter of 1875, Anthony Trollope was at work on a new and secret book of which he could never hope himself to see a single review. This manuscript bore the simple title AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY, and he stipulated that it should be brought out as swiftly as possible after his own death... While he was writing it he had told no one about this memoir, but in the summer of 1878 he spoke of its existence to his son Harry, telling him where he would ultimately find it, together with a note giving instructions about its speedy publication. 'My intention is that it shall be published after my death, and be edited by you,' he wrote [Hennessy].
This copy is in smooth dark-rose cloth with dark brown endpapers (which are cracked) -- the usual first binding state (a ribbed-cloth binding came later). The volumes are in very good condition, with generally minor wear at some edges, with the spines faded (as always with this rose cloth), and with a little light speckling on one rear cover -- again a common problem. An early owner pasted numerous early reviews and such onto some preliminary and terminal leaves. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 67. Item #14854