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75 Anthony Trollope 1815-1882
The Macdermots of Ballycloran
London, Thomas Cautley Newby, 1847
In his Autobiography, Trollope writes of his first novel, "as to the plot itself, I do not know that I ever made one so good,--or, at any rate, one so susceptible to pathos.... The Macdermots is a good novel, worth reading by anyone who wishes to understand what Irish life was before the potato disease, the famine, and the Encumbered Estates Bill." Trollope did not expect that the book would be a success, and he further writes that it was probable that the publisher "did not sell fifty copies of the work." Frances Trollope, the author's mother and herself a successful novelist, arranged for the publication of the work. The three volumes of the now rare first edition in the original brown ribbed cloth, with six bands stamped in blind on the spine, comes from the collections of Trollope bibliographer Michael Sadleir and of Jack Harris Samuels.
Bequest of Mollie Harris Samuels

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