Originally published in 1857, Barchester Towers is the second novel in Anthony Trollope’s popular “Chronicles of Barchester” series. Marriage plots, Church of England politics, and village gossip intertwine in this continuation of the story of Mr. Harding and his daughter Eleanor in the beautiful cathedral city of Barchester. High church and low church clash when the popular bishop dies. Factions are formed. Clerical reinforcements are called in on both sides, and the struggle between the different sects of the church plays out amid the romantic entanglements and dramas of the town’s inhabitants. In the end, the results are more than satisfactory for Eleanor and other citizens of Barchester in this witty comedy.
- Full Title: Barchester Towers: The English Comedie Humanine
- Author: Anthony Trollope
- Publisher: The Century Co.
- Year: 1903 (title page); 1902 (printing information page)
- Place: New York
- Illustrations by Hugh M. Eaton
- Binding: The cover is olive drab cloth covered boards. They are in good condition, with the general scuffs and smudges that come with age and general wear along the edges and the creases of the binding. There is a leather name plate affixed to the top of the spine. It is dry and cracking with age. The binding is still tight and whole, but the creases where the paste downs at both the front and the back meet the hinge are fracturing. There is the back half of a library pocket still glued to the front pastedown.
- Pages: The text pages are clean, no marks or underlines. There are no folds or tears. Pages are only slightly tanned with age. A library stamp is visible along both the top and bottom edges of the text block. The top edge is gilt.