The Last Chronicle of Barset.

“THE BEST NOVEL I HAVE WRITTEN”: First Edition of Anthony Trollope's The Last Chronicle of Barset

The Last Chronicle of Barset.

TROLLOPE, Anthony.


Item Number: 110120

London: Smith, Elder and Co, 1867.

First edition, first issue in book form of the final novel in Trollope’s acclaimed Barsetshire series, with 32 full-page and 32 in-text wood-engraved illustrations by George Thomas. Octavo, two volumes bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards by Winstanley of Manchester with rich gilt tooling to the spine, morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, marbled endpapers, all edges marbled. In near fine condition. From the library of British industrialist Thomas Sebastian Bazley with his bookplates.

This is the sixth and final novel in the Barsetshire series, which Trollope regarded “as the best novel I have written…. there is a true savour of English life all through the book” “For his grand finale of Barsetshire, Trollope summoned back all the characters whom he loved best… The Last Chronicle of Barset was acclaimed by the critics.” A contemporary reviewer, praising Trollope in Blackwood’s, remarked, “Honour to the writer who, amid so much that is false and vile and meretricious in current literature, beautifies our world and our imagination with such creations as these” (Hennessy, 276-7).

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