Place and Imprint: Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1857.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: NCBEL III, 1610.
Condition: Cloth faded at the spine and edges; very good copy. Scarce.
Book ID: 27372
Physical Description8vo, original blind-stamped purple cloth, gilt lettering. Eight pages of publisher's terminal advertisements.
CommentsThorndale or The Conflict of Opinions, a novel written in the form of the diary of Charles Thorndale, is one of the great 19th century fictional works of ideas and philosophical and religious opinions; and it remains enjoyable today. It is only one of two works by miscellaneous writer, poet and philosopher William Henry Smith (1808-1872), whom the DNB describes as "one of the most solid and productive of the denizens of the Victorian literary world to have been completely forgotten."