THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS. Anthony Trollope.

THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS.

A Novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1872. 4 pp preliminary undated ads. Original 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.~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

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