Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]. Anthony Trollope.
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]
Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]

Harry Heathcote of Gangoil [EXTRAORDINARILY RARE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN PUBLISHER'S ORIGINAL WRAPPERS]

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1874. First American Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. A Very Good + copy of the first American edition, first printing, FIRST STATE in the ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S WRAPPERS, BEING THE TRUE FIRST EDITION of this rare Trollope work, published on January 24, 1874, approximately nine months prior to publication of the first UK edition -- which was not published until October 24, 1874. This is a Very Good + copy, complete with the required two illustrations (the first UK edition having none), and shows some wear to the spine, a bit of creasing and wear to the covers, a short closed tear to the rear wrapper (repaired on the rear wrapper's recto with what appears to be translucent glue), and some loss to each of the front wrapper's leading corners. In his Bibliography of Anthony Trollope's work, which focused primarily on the UK editions thereof, Michael Sadleir, the highly-regarded Trollope collector, bibliographer, and expert on Victorian era publication practices, noted there had been reports of an American edition published in January, 1874 and stated: "If this reported date be correct, the American book issue preceded the English by nine months." In his recent Bibliography of Trollope's American First American Editions, Walter Smith confirms the publication date of the American first as "January 24, 1874". Smith also located two later states of the American edition, both showing the date "FEB. 1874". Copies of Harry Heathcote's first UK edition, whether or not remaining in their original cloth, are beyond scarce. Sadleir cites the UK first as being the fifth rarest of all of Trollope's books. In his Bibliography, of the UK first edition Sadleir states: "Harry Heathcote in its genuine (unillustrated) first edition is of extreme rarity. No price records exist. Should a good copy come up for sale it will fetch as much as the most frenzied Trollopian can afford to pay." [Having two illustrations, this first American edition, the TRUE FIRST EDITION, also is the first illustrated edition -- a fact that would not have been known to Sadleir.] In 40 years of diligent and determined searching for Trollope rarities, we have seen only two copies of the UK first of "Harry Heathcote of Gangoil" in original cloth and we have seen only a few that have been rebound. Of course, we immediately purchased both UK firsts in original cloth. Over these last four decades, we have not seen any copies of the first American edition other than the one described herein, and have known of only one other copy -- with such knowledge coming to us only from Smith's bibliography. This first American edition, issued only in paper wrappers, was and is, by its very nature, ephemeral. Given its ephemeral nature, coupled with the novel's having been one of Trollope's shorter and less notable works, it is certain that few copies would have survived, particularly wearing their original wrappers as is this copy. The scarcity of the book in the market bears this out. We are not aware of any other copies in private collections other than, perhaps, the copy sold by Brick Row Bookshop in San Francisco (which had a bookseller's ticket pasted over the imprint on the front cover). That copy sold for $5,000 circa 2003 and its destination is unknown to us. Carroll A. Wilson, the great collector, had a copy in his Trollope collection and that copy now resides in the Parrish collection at Princeton University. Wilson noted that he knew of only four copies, his and three others, and mentioned that Sadleir never saw a copy -- making it one of the few true Anthony Trollope first editions that Sadleir never saw. Smith notes that Trollope's American firsts "...published in paper covers are extremely scarce." As two later states dated in February are noted by Smith, it is reasonable to conclude that rather few copies of the work in its first state, as is this copy, were issued, making further issues needed promptly after publication of the book's first state. We pleased to present this copy of the FIRST STATE OF THE TRUE FIRST EDITION of this Trollope work, a remarkable copy in the Publisher's original wrappers which is clearly of extreme rarity, both earlier and likely scarcer than is the first UK Edition and, in our opinion -- based on 40 years of searching for Trollope rarities -- is ONE OF THE ABSOLUTELY RAREST OF ANTHONY TROLLOPE'S AMERICAN FIRSTS and perhaps of all his first editions no matter where published. Most collectors never will see or hold a copy, whether rebound or in its original wrappers, much less own one. A REMARKABLE OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COLLECTOR TO OWN AN EXTREMELY RARE AND COLLECTION-DISTINGUISHING TROLLOPE WORK. EXCEEDINGLY RARE INDEED. Very good +. Item #877

Price: $7,000.00

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