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Trollope, Anthony.

RALPH THE HEIR.

Strahan & Co. 1871.
1st 1 vol. Ed. iv + 434pp. 11 plates by F.A. Fraser. Some light browning, dec. e.ps., contemporary gilt rule edged green calf corner with original marbled boards, some loss of calf to corners, rebacked in modern calf with gilt and blind dec. compartments and gilt dec. raised bands, with original gilt lettered label to spine. From the library of Ham Spray and with the signature in red biro of Frances Partridge née Marshall, and with her initials F.M. in pencil. Sadleir 37a. ‘8vo. edition and first partially illustrated book edition.’ Initially published as a supplement to St. Paul's Magazine in monthly numbers from January 1870 to July 1871. In April 1871, it then was published in three volumes by Hurst and Blackett. Described by Trollope as "one of the worst novels I have written", it was well received by contemporary critics. More recently, it has been found noteworthy for its account of a corrupt Parliamentary election, an account based closely on Trollope's own experience as a candidate!
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