New York: Harper & Brothers, 1865. 4 pp undated terminal ads (with Novels list ending with #258). Original light brown printed wrappers.
First American Edition, issued as No. 253 of Harper's "Library of Select Novels." According to Trollope's autobiography, he wrote this novel
with a desire to prove that a novel may be produced without any love... In order that I might be strong in my purpose, I took for my heroine a very unattractive old maid [of 35!], who was overwhelmed with money troubles; but even she was in love before the end of the book...
Gerould observes that "originally titled 'The Modern Griselda,' this is an amusing example of the way Trollope's characters, as they developed in his mind, contrived to write their own story -- in this instance quite against his will."
The two-volume London edition was published in February 1865, and this first American edition hit the streets on June 21st of that year -- with the assassination of Lincoln occurring in between; the inside front cover bears a full-page ad for a book about the recent "General Sherman's Campaign through Georgia and the Carolinas," by his aide-de-camp.
This copy has Smith's "variant states" (see his Note 2A-B): the front cover is undated (though the title page is), the inside-rear-cover touts "The New Novels," and the two sides of the final leaf of ads promote the works of Miss Mulock and of W.M. Thackeray. It is in very good-plus, perhaps near-fine, condition (minor edge-wear), with the spine entirely present -- remarkable for such a fragile volume, meant to be read and discarded. Smith pp 66-69. Item #14743