The Chronicles of Barsetshire (8 Volumes Complete).
Item Number: 3199
London: Chapman and Hall, Limited, 1891.
Octavo, 8 volumes. Original three quarters leather over marbled boards, gilt tooling to the the spine, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels. Marbled endpapers. In very good condition.
The Chronicles of Barsetshire " revealed a new humorist and type of humour. No such picture of the special features of cathedral society had been given before, nor has anything so good been done since, excepting the corresponding portions of Barchester Towers and the rest of the Barsetshire novels. These, however, are much more complex, Trollope having discovered that the same gifts which enabled him to portray clergymen were equally available for other classes of society. For humour, Barcester Towers perhaps stands first; for the suspense of painful interest, Framley Parsonage; for general excellence, The Last Chronicle of Barset. They stand at the head of his writings" (Sadleir, 245).