London: Chapman and Hall, 1862. First edition. Bound in green half morocco over pebbled cloth. With half titles, but bound without the ads. Collation: viii, 320; viii, 320. An early issue with stab holes visible throughout both volumes; volume I conforming to all issue points for Sadleir's second issue and volume II a first issue with a third issue title page. An attractive contemporary binding in Near Fine condition, internal contents very clean. A contemporary owner's name E. L. Dutton written on the front end paper of each volume.
"While it is primarily a tragedy of misdirected maternal love, Orley Farm contains much of the best Trollopian humor and includes the portrait of his finest gentleman, Sir Peregrine Orme" (Trollope Society). Noted for its complex bibliography, resulting in part from the two volumes being printed and released ten months apart, the novel also presents a complex legal plot in which Sir Joseph Mason attempts to bequeath Orley Farm to his second son Lucius. In addition to the legal implications of overstepping an eldest son, Sir Mason's estate is further embroiled in conflict as Lucius takes over management and begins to cancel and break leases, raising the ire of neighbors. This anger leads to accusations that Sir Mason's will was forged, that Lucius is not the true heir, and that Lady Mason is the culprit. Near Fine (Item #5166)