[near-fine in original wrappers] A Novel. New York: Harper & Brothers, March 31, 1882. 5 pp ads. Original printed wrappers, including outer wrapper promoting an Ignatius Donnelly title.
First American Edition of one of the strangest of all of Trollope's novels...
On an imaginary island near Australia over which the English had renounced their sovereignty, a government had been established, one of whose leading principles was the doctrine of the "Fixed Period." This law sought to solve the problem of old age, by "depositing" all inhabitants at the age of sixty-seven in a "college" where they would be comfortably housed until, at some time before their next birthday, there would be euthanasia... [Gerould]
After serializing this in Blackwood's Magazine, Blackwood published this tale in two volumes "probably" in February 1882; Harper paid Blackwood ten pounds for advance sheets, so that they were able to get this out on March 31st -- about a month before George Munro produced his similar "Seaside Library" edition in wrappers.
This is No. 239 in Harper's "Franklin Square Library"; this must be the first state, as the listing of "FSL" titles ends with this number. This copy includes the outer wrapper, which is frequently missing from these Harper books, because (it is believed) Harper did not include it on copies that were mailed to subscribers, in order to save postage.
Condition, remarkably, is near-fine -- and it would be fine were it not for a little nibbling in the upper-right corner of most of the earlier leaves (not at all affecting text). Quite an amazing survival 137 years later, for a book that was intended to be read once and then discarded. Smith 50 (pp 254-256). Item #14257