THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS. Anthony Trollope.

THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.

In Three Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1873. Original salmon cloth stamped in black and gilt.

First English Edition of the third of Trollope's six "Palliser Novels." (Harper's one-volume edition was published in October 1872; this three-decker came out two months later, in December.) This is Trollope's tale about the adventuress Lizzie Greystock -- "the very beautiful, superficially clever and completely selfish daughter of an admiral who was no credit whatever to the British Navy" [Gerould]. She trapped wealthy Sir Florian Eustace into marrying her just before he died, and so came into possession of a diamond necklace -- which she claimed he had given her but his relatives claimed as an heirloom. But then the necklace was stolen not once but twice, or actually, was it?... As a "Palliser" novel, it includes many of the same characters who had been in CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? and in PHINEAS FINN.~Sadleir describes this as the primary binding ("salmon-brown sand-grained cloth"), with the spine lettering in gilt and black; this is such a set, except that on this set the single-line border is in black on both the front and rear covers (Sadleir says the front cover border is black but the rear cover border is blind-stamped). Condition is very good-plus: the cloth is quite clean (though the spines are dull), and external wear is limited to light wear along one joint plus some nicks at spine-ends; the pale yellow endpapers are original though one volume's are re-glued at the gutters. For some reason we seldom see this title in original cloth (in 30+ years this is only the third time, and the other two have been variant green and terra-cotta bindings). Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 39. Item #12426

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