London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1867. Item #00299
Hero Stays True, Gets Rich
First Edition in Original Cloth
TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Claverings. With Sixteen Illustrations, by M. Ellen Edwards. In Two Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1867.
First English edition in book form. Two octavo volumes (8 3/4 x 5 9/16 inches; 222 x 141 mm.). , 313, [1, printer’s imprint], [2, advertisements]; , 309, [1, printer’s imprint], [2, advertisements] pp. No half-titles called for. Sixteen wood-engraved plates by H. Harral after M. Ellen Edwards (including frontispiece in each volume). With tissue guards.
Original bright green sand-grain cloth over beveled boards. Front covers decoratively stamped in gilt and blind and lettered in gilt, back covers decoratively stamped in blind, spines decoratively stamped in gilt and black and lettered in gilt. Original brown coated endpapers. Binder’s ticket (“Bound by Burn. 37 & 38 Kirby St.”) on rear pastedown of Volume II. Embossed stamp of W.H. Smith & Son on front free endpaper of each volume. Minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities, hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Some scattered light foxing, minimal thumbsoiling. Two small ink spots on p. 244 of Volume II, just affecting two letters. A few scattered pencil marks and annotations. An excellent, bright copy of this rare novel.
The Claverings was originally serialized in the Cornhill Magazine in sixteen installments from February 1866 to May 1867. “Henry Clavering, a poor (if brilliant) schoolmaster, is thrown over by Julia Brabazon, who accepts instead the vicious but rich Lord Ongar. Harry determines to rise in the world and apprentices himself to the engineering firm of Beilby and Burton. He lodges with the Burton family, and despite the vulgarity of some of its members falls in love with the daughter Florence. Meanwhile, Lord Ongar has drunk himself to death and Julia, now a rich widow, throws herself at Harry who jilts Florence. After much indignation in the Burton family, he finally returns and marries her. Things are made easier when Harry’s cousins are drowned on a sailing trip, leaving him an estate and a title...” (The Stanford Companion to Victorian Fiction).
The last comparable copy to appear on the market was the Bradley Martin copy (with the binding decorated in gilt and black rather than gilt and blind), which was sold at Sotheby’s New York on May 1, 1990, for $6,600. “Sadleir was unable to distinguish priority of the two states of the binding..." (The Library of H. Bradley Martin, Highly Important English Literature, Sotheby’s New York, May 1, 1990, Lot 3286).
Sadleir, Trollope, pp. 82-84. Wolff 6771.