London: Ward, Lock and Co., . Item #04422
A Very Rare Set of Anthony Trollope including
The Macdermots of Ballycloran and The Kellys and the O'Kellys
TROLLOPE, Anthony. [Works]. New Edition. London: Ward, Lock and Co., [1881-1893].
Thirty small octavo volumes (6 15/16 x 4 9/16 inches; 178 x 116 mm.).
Uniformly bound ca. 1893 by Rivière for Sotheran's. Three quarter tan calf over marbled boards, ruled in blind. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments, red and olive green morocco labels lettered in gilt, matching marbled end-papers, marbled edges. A near fine set.
A very scarce set with only five complete sets recorded by OCLC in libraries and institutions in the US: DDU; GUA; CWR;VHC & WYU.
The Macdermots of Ballycloran (1847); The Kellys and the O'Kellys (1848); La Vendée: An Historical Romance (1850); The Bertrams (1859); Castle Richmond (1860); Orley Farm (1862); Rachel Ray (1863); Miss Mackenzie (1865); The Belton Estate (1866); He Knew He Was Right (1869); The Vicar of Bullhampton (1870); Sir Harry Hotspur of Humblethwaite (1871); Ralph the Heir (1871);
Can You Forgive Her? (1865); Phineas Finn (1869); The Eustace Diamonds (1873); Phineas Redux (1874); The Prime Minister (1876); The Duke's Children (1880).
Tales of All Countries - 1st Series (1861); Lotta Schmidt & Other Stories (1867); Mary Gresley and An Editor's Tales (1873); Harry Heathcote of Gangoil (1874); Lady Anna (1874); Is He Popenjoy? (1878); An Eye for an Eye (1879); Cousin Henry (1879); Ayala's Angel (1881); Doctor Wortle's School (1881);
Chronicles of Barsetshire:
Doctor Thorne (1858);
The Macdermots of Ballycloran (London, 1847) was Anthony Trollope's first novel. The First English edition is "one of the rarest first editions in the whole range of nineteenth century literature" (Michael Sadleir) and no copies in original cloth have appeared at auction since the 1940s; The last example to appear at auction was a rebound copy at Sotheby's in 1994 ($12,000).
The Kelly's and the O'Kellys (London, 1848) was Trollope's second novel… and is almost as rare. The last first edition that I saw was the Earl of Carysfort copy (rebound in full olive green morocco) which I sold back in 1997 for $17,500.