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TROLLOPE, Anthony (1815-1882). The Prime Minister. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876.
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TROLLOPE, Anthony (1815-1882). The Prime Minister. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876.

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TROLLOPE, Anthony (1815-1882). The Prime Minister. London: Chapman and Hall, 1876.

4 volumes, 8°. (Some spotting.) Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, marbled edges (rebacked, preserving old spines, two lettering-pieces renewed). Provenance: Margaret Thatcher's copy (front blank inscribed "Margaret in affection and admiration Gordon Christmas 1986").

FIRST EDITION, A PRIME MINISTER'S COPY. The fifth of Trollope's "Palliser" novels has a plot concerning a weak coalition government. With neither the Whigs nor Tories able to form a government on their own, a fragile coalition is formed under Plantagenet Palliser, the wealthy and hard-working Duke of Omnium. The Duchess, formerly Lady Glencora Palliser, attempts to support her husband by hosting lavish parties at Gatherum Castle in Barsetshire. Palliser, initially unsure of himself, grows to enjoy high office, but his government proves to be too weak and divided to accomplish anything, the coalition collapses and he is forced to return to private life. Sadleir Trollope 45.



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