London: William Clowes and Sons for Henry Colburn, 1840. 1/2 Leather. 3 vols. Small 8vo (7.8 in, 19.7 cm). [i-iii] iv [v-vi],  2-308 pp; frontis, illus, pl(s). [i-iii] iv;  2-338 pp; frontis, illus, pl(s). [i-iii] iv,  2-333 [blank] pp; frontis, illus, pl(s). Published in December 1839.
First edition was a three-decker: Frances Trollope (1780-1863) began to write to support her family; she became prolific, enormously successful, and well-regarded. She supported education, careers, and activism for women. Opinionated and keenly observant of society, Trollope addressed the Industrial Revolution in Great Britain in this pioneering novel where she effectively exposed the traumas and abuses of child labor. She later wrote a powerful antislavery book over fifteen years prior to Uncle Tom's Cabin.
OCLC. Sadleir XIX 349. CBEL 1083. Feminist Companion 1096. DNB. Extra-gilt spines decorate red half-roan with brick cloth sides; originally cloth. Etched frontispieces plus twenty-one plates by Hervieu, Buss, and Onwhyn. Green endpapers. Clear protective covers. Wear to roan edges, sun shadow on set-side of Vol.I, frontispieces toned and foxed affecting first flyleaf to iii, plates less toned with foxing in margin(s), corner not affecting text and most tissue guards lacking, few residual page folds. Tight, largely clean, and illustrated set. Very good+. Item #1118