by One of the Firm. With Four Illustrations. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1870. 2 pp undated ads. Original reddish-brown cloth decorated in black and gilt.
First English Edition. The tale ran in the Cornhill in 1861 and 1862, from which Harper of New York pirated the 1862 true first edition; in Great Britain it was so unpopular in magazine form that there was no such rush to publish. This is the tale of~the partnership in a haberdashery between Brown, a retired dealer in butter, Jones, his son-in-law, and Robinson, a great believer in advertising. As a result of timidity on the part of Brown, peculation by Jones and extravagance by Robinson, the business soon became bankrupt...~According to Trollope himself,~It was meant to be funny, was full of slang, and was intended as a satire on the ways of the trade... I think that there is some good fun in it, but I have heard no one else express such an opinion."~In some copies, as noted by Sadleir, the p. 148 plate appears as a frontispiece, opposite the pictorial title page (which is then followed by the printed title page); that is the case here (it is an effective placement, because the result is two opposing scenes of the haberdashery, one from inside and one from outside). (In other copies, the pictorial title page serves as frontispiece opposite the printed title page, and the p. 148 plate appears at p. 148 -- no precedence known.)~This is a bright, near-fine copy: there is the slightest of wear at the extremities, but over our thirty-seven years in business we have seen only two comparable copies. Provenance: small label of an Abderdeen bookseller, plus bookplate of Reginald Roose Francis, who in the Great War was a Captain in the South Lancashire Regiment. Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 15a; Sadleir (XIX) p. 382; Wolff did not obtain a copy. Housed in a felt-lined cloth clamshell case. Item #13574