[first Trollope novel in America] New York: Harper & Brothers, 1858. 8 pp undated ads. Original blind-stamped brown cloth.
First American Edition of the first Trollope novel published in America. Published in the same year as the London three-decker, this was the third of the six "Barsetshire Novels," centering upon Frank Gresham and his love for Mary Thorne, whose past is a mystery. Of this title Walpole said,
There are... fire-and-thunder Trollopians who will die for DOCTOR THORNE. By not a few it is considered the best Trollope of them all.
Overall this was Trollope's seventh novel; his first three novels were not published in America until much later, and his second three novels not until 1859-1860 (beginning with DOCTOR THORNE, most of his novels were promptly published by Harper's). Sadleir originally cited the date of this American edition as "1859 (?1858)," amending it to "1858" in his Corrigenda once he finally saw a copy.
This is a very good copy, lacking the front free endpaper and with moderate wear at some extremities; there are some ink-marks on the last two ad leaves. Many collectors acquire a copy of this American edition in lieu of the London three-decker, which is virtually impossible to find in collectible condition today (according to Sadleir the second-scarcest of all Trollope first editions). W. Smith pp 1-4 (this copy is the one pictured on page 1); see Sadleir (TROLLOPE) p. 24, & his Corrigenda p. 2. Item #15034