In Three Volumes.London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans, & Roberts, 1857 Stock Code: 146135
Jean Hersholt's copy, in the original clothFirst edition, a very nice copy in the publisher's cloth, of a novel often found rebound or heavily restored.
Sadleir comments on the novel's rarity in cloth: "Barchester Towers had the same printing number and publisher as The Warden. But it was a three-volume books, sold at 31. 6d., and reached a public larger than that of the coteries. In consequence it was more frequently borrowed from the libraries and less frequently bought outright; also it was more thoroughly and destructively read."
This set is in Sadleir's first binding with the following publisher's advertisements printed on brick-red endpapers: Vol. 1 with Mrs Jameson's Works and T. H. Horne's Introduction to Holy Scriptures (variant of Sadleir's variety A which calls for these ads in vol. 2); vol. 2 with Maunder's Geographical Treasury and the New Edition of Conybeare and Hawson's "St. Paul" (Sadleir's Variety C); vol. 3 same as vol. 1 (variant of Sadleir's variety A which calls for these ads in vol. 2).
This copy is from the library of Danish-American Hollywood actor Jean Hersholt (1896-1956), with his bookplate to the front pastedown of the box, known for his role in Heidi and for his impressive collection of Anderseniana, which represented possibly the largest collection in America of Andersen's work.
3 volumes, octavo. Original light brown pabble-grain cloth (Sadleir's first binding) by Westleys & Co, London (with their ticket to rear pastedown, vol. I), titles in gilt to spines, decorative frames blocked in blind to boards, brick-red endpapers, untrimmed. Housed together in a custom green cloth clamshell box with titles in gilt to spine.
2 pp. of publisher's advertisements in vols. 1 and 3.
A hint of wear to cloth, some minor and discreet repair inside hinges, traces of lending library labels removed from front boards and small patches of glue to front pastedowns again from removed labels, occasional faint soiling within, a very good set indeed.
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