London: Wm. Isbister, 1882. Original sage green cloth decorated in black.
First Edition of this collection of five short stories, published in December 1881. In addition to the title story, they are "The Lady of Launay," "Christmas at Thompson Hall," "The Telegraph Girl" and "Alice Dugdale." Curiously, there is also a two-volume Isbister edition of this book (though with continuous pagination), yet this single volume edition is earlier. Since Trollope had wanted the book to be published in one volume only, but then died a year later, Sadleir hypothesizes that Isbister grabbed the opportunity of issuing left-over copies of the book at a two-volume price now that its author could no longer complain.~This copy is in sage green cloth, which is the color most often (though not frequently!) encountered; copies were also bound in blue and in scarlet, without priority. This is a very good-plus copy -- minor wear at the lower extremities, and a trace of soil on the front cover. Sadleir places FRAU FROHMANN in the upper half of Trollope's books in terms of scarcity, and in fact this is only the third copy (and first green one) that we have handled. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 61. Item #11403