A Novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1872. 4 pp preliminary undated ads. Original dark green cloth.
First Edition (Harper's one-volume edition was published in October 1872; the London three-decker, dated 1873, came out two months later, in December 1872). 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 was it actually?... As a "Palliser" novel, it includes many of the same characters who had been in CAN YOU FORGIVE HER? and in PHINEAS FINN.~On this copy the green is fairly dark, and the grain of the cloth consists of tiny squares; other copies are a lighter green, with diagonal grain (no priority known). This is a clean, bright copy, near-fine with only very light shelf-wear at the extremities. THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS is one of the most sought-after (and expensive) American editions of Trollope, due to its definite precedence over the British edition. See Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 39. Item #12432