With Illustrations by J. E. Millais.London: Chapman and Hall, 1862 Stock Code: 128273
A very good set in a variant bindingFirst edition in book form, Sadleir's fourth issue, of the book that Trollope himself described as his best plotted, and his personal favourite. "Millais was a 'sixties'-style illustrator, representational and realistic, a style which accorded nicely with that of Trollope, whose writing was often characterized as 'photographic', 'uncompromisingly realistic', and even 'pre-Raphaelite'" (ODNB). With 40 plates, this is Millais's most substantial contribution to Trollope's work, the author "wrote that he had never known a set of illustrations 'as carefully true to the conception of the writer of the book illustrated'" (ibid.). Orley Farm was initially published in 20 shilling parts, with the subsequent two volumes of the book issue appearing over an interval of nearly 10 months. Sadleir identifies four issues of the first edition, distinguished by small variations in printer's imprint, illustration captions, and binding grain. The present copy conforms to the fourth issue in all points save that the cloth grain runs vertically, as opposed to horizontally, in vol. 2. With contemporary printed and accomplished lending slip for the Banburyshire Book Club tipped on to vol. 1 endpapers.
2 volumes, octavo. Original brownish purple wavy-grain embossed cloth, the grain running perpendicularly for both volumes, titles and decorations in gilt to spines, pale yellow endpapers, untrimmed.
Without publisher's catalogue sometimes found at end of vol. I ("cannot... be regarded as essential" - Sadleir); 40 wood-engraved illustrations.
Spines a little sunned, slight wear to extremities with small repairs to spine ends, small dent to top edge of vol. 2 rear board, occasional small marginal spots or tears, else a very good set.
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