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THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS by  Anthony Trollope - 1873 - from Sumner & Stillman (SKU: 14054)


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1873. A Novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1873. 4 pp preliminary undated ads. Original printed buff wrappers.

Early edition in wrappers, being No. 577 in Harper's "Library of Select Novels." Harper's first edition (published a few days earlier than the 1873-dated London three-decker) came out in October 1872 and was dated 1872 on the title page. Issued both in cloth and in wrappers, it was not a volume in this "Library"; beginning the following year (so dated, as here), printed from the same plates, it became No. 577. This copy was not actually issued for a dozen more years -- as the rear cover ads are dated "for 1885." Condition is perhaps very good for such a fragile paper volume: the two wrappers have translucent archival backing, and three corners are chipped away; most of the spine, with its lettering, is present. See Smith pp 165-169 (and especially his Note 5); Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 39.


The third novel in Trollope’s Palliser series, The Eustace Diamonds bears all the hallmarks of his later works, blending dark cynicism with humor and a keen perception of human nature. Following the death of her husband, Sir Florian, beautiful Lizzie Eustace mysteriously comes into possession of a hugely expensive diamond necklace. She maintains it was a gift from her husband, but the Eustace lawyers insist she give it up, and while her cousin Frank takes her side, her new lover, Lord Fawn, declares that he will only marry her if the necklace is surrendered. As gossip and scandal intensify, Lizzie’s truthfulness is thrown into doubt, and, in her desire to keep the jewels, she is driven to increasingly desperate acts. Revised edition of Trollope's third Palliser novel Updated Introduction explores Trollope's depiction of a society that worships money and highlights his concerns with truth, honesty, and honor Includes new suggestions for further reading and explanatory notes


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Founded in 1980, Sumner & Stillman is a small family business providing personal service in the buying and selling of literary first editions of the 19th and early 20th Centuries. Member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) for over 30 years.


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