TROLLOPE, FRANCES. 1779-1863. Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy. London: Henry Colburn, March 1839-[February] 1840.<BR>
Lot 185
TROLLOPE, FRANCES. 1779-1863. Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy. London: Henry Colburn, March 1839-[February] 1840.
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Lot Details
TROLLOPE, FRANCES. 1779-1863.
Life and Adventures of Michael Armstrong, the Factory Boy. London: Henry Colburn, March 1839-[February] 1840.
12 parts. 8vo (228 x 143 mm). 24 etched plates by Onwhyn and Hervieu. Original cream-colored pictorial wrappers. Custom chemise and slipcase (top broken). Plates darkened particularly in last 4 parts, corner torn from upper wrapper of part 11, backstrip splitting on last part, partially unopened.
Provenance: period ownership inscription on first 8 parts.
Exhibited: Grolier Club, 'Essential Parts,' 1996, p 24.

FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL MONTHLY PARTS OF THE WORK TERMED THE FIRST "INDUSTRIAL NOVEL." Advertisements conform to Sadleir except part 5 lacks the slip, part 6 with additional 4 pp Rippon and Burton ads on yellow paper, and part 8 with variant back wrapper ad. The advertisement in part 2 states that this work was intended to be completed in 20 shilling parts. Mrs. Trollope, mother of Anthony, was one of the first to fictionalize the social implications of the Industrial Revolution and of factory work in particular. Like Harriet Beecher Stowe, who was greatly influenced by her work, Frances Trollope was the daughter of a clergyman. "Mrs Trollope wields a powerful pen, and has got a strong hold upon popular feeling. Her work is admirably written, and sells enormously" (back wrapper of last part). Her work is rare at auction, with only one record for the first edition in book form of Michael Armstrong and none for copies in parts. Sadleir 3228.
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