A Novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1884. Original wrappers.
First American Edition, published as Number 373 in Harper's "Franklin Square Library." This was Trollope's last novel, published after his death. John Gordon heads off to South Africa to find his fortune, in order to be able to wed Mary Lawrie, and returns with it three years laster -- only to arrive on the day after Mary had accepted the proposal of the elderly bachelor William Whittlestaff, who had become her benefactor...~AN OLD MAN'S LOVE was not serialized but was published in two volumes by William Blackwood of Edinburgh in November or December 1883. Harper published this edition on April 11, 1884, paying ten pounds to Blackwood for sending them a set of advance sheets.~"The Cheapest Publication in the World" according to the Philadelphia Press, Harper's Franklin Square Library had been founded to deserve that description -- tabloid-sized, printed in triple-column (later double-), with no illustrations, priced at ten (later fifteen) cents.~The Franklin Square Library was intended to... present works of some of the most popular authors to American readers "who may not find it convenient to encumber themselves with books or periodicals too costly to be cast aside after perusal." This new series and its advertising logic sounded the death knell for collectors... Their fragility, format, and ephemeral makeup discouraged most buyers from keeping them. Despite the thousands of copies printed of each title in the series, few have survived. Trollope editions in the series are of the utmost rarity and those that have survived are generally defective... First editions published in newspaper format after early 1878... are rarely seen for sale and are usually found only in private collections and in certain research libraries. [W. Smith]~This copy is complete in 40 pages of double-column text (the front page serving as self-wrapper, its top half devoted to series and novel headings). This copy does have an additional outer (advertising) wrapper. Condition is very good (a bit of archival mending along the spines of the dual wrappers, but otherwise just minor edge-wear). Smith 58. Housed in a custom clamshell case with inner four-flap wrapper. The first copy we have seen in our thirty years in business. Item #11230