London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1864. Item #01699
Often Found "Exceptionally Dirty"
Here, Exceptionally Clean and Bright
TROLLOPE, Anthony. The Small House at Allington. With Eighteen Illustrations by J.E. Millais, R.A. In Two Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1864.
First edition in book form, with first printing points in Volume I (with“hobbledehoya” on p. 33, line 1, and with p. 70 paginated “0.” Two octavo volumes (8 9/16 x 5 5/8 inches; 218 x 142 mm.). , [312; , 316 pp. No half-titles, as published. Eighteen wood-engraved plates by Dalziel after J.E. Millais (including frontispiece in each volume).
Original dark green wave-grain cloth with covers decoratively paneled in blind and front covers and spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Original grayish-chocolate endpapers. Publisher’s advertisements printed in black on front and rear pastedowns. Minor rubbing to corners and spine extremities, hinges expertly and almost invisibly repaired. Some light foxing. A few tiny marginal tears to leaves 23/1, 23/2, and 23/3 (pp. 33/34, 35/36, and 37/38) in Volume II. Armorial bookplate of Arthur William Bennett on front pastedown of each volume. An excellent and very bright copy of a title often found “exceptionally dirty” (Sadleir). Housed in a green silk covered slipcase.
The last comparable copy to appear on the market was the Bradley Martin copy, which was sold at Sotheby’s New York on May 1, 1990, for $8,800.
First appeared in the Cornhill Magazine from September 1862 to April 1864. The fifth book in the Barsetshire series, which follows the romantic entanglements of one of Trollope’s most popular heroines, Lily Dale. Lily, who lives in the eponymous “small house” with her widowed mother and her sister, Bell, is wooed by a handsome young government clerk, Adolphus Crosbie, and they soon become engaged. The match is generally agreed to be a very fortunate one for Lily, although there are some worries about Crosbie’s “dangerous pretensions,” worries that prove to be well-founded when he jilts Lily for Lady Alexandrina de Courcy and her aristocratic connections. Lily is also pursued by one of her childhood friends, the fare more honest and worthy John Eames, and yet in spite of his devotion, John is unable to persuade Lily to marry him.
Sadleir, Trollope, 18.