It was refreshing to come across a literary agency who requested, along with my query letter, the full manuscript. Why so? Because, how often only the first few chapters or, say, 50 pages is asked for. By asking for the full manuscript an agent can flip through a few different chapters to get a better sense of the author’s style, etc. From a personal perspective, my early chapters are important to give the setting and introduce characters, while later chapters add more depth and increased tension, etc. By asking for the entire book, it saves time. The agent can skim through a book that they are considering without going back to the author and asking for it, and perhaps raising false hopes for representation.
Well done to this agency for a full request!