Item #14744 THE BELTON ESTATE. A Novel. Anthony Trollope.


[in original wrappers] New York: Harper & Brothers, 1866. Original light brown printed wrappers (dated Nov. 1866 on the rear wrapper).

First Edition printed in America, issued as No. 263 of Harper's "Library of Select Novels." As Smith describes in great detail, in preparing the UK edition for publication, Chapman & Hall arranged to send to Lippincott, of Philadelphia, some sets of sheets -- to the great astonishment and irritation of Trollope himself, who when he discovered the plan, told C&H not to do so, but it happened nonetheless. Thus there was an edition, printed in England but bearing a Lippincott title page dated 1866, bound in cloth and for sale in America at $1.50 by a little before December 21, 1865; this Lippincott issue is actually the true first edition of the novel -- as C&H's three-volume edition did not come out until December 30th. Harper, undoubtedly pirating from Lippincott's edition, got this edition onto the streets on January 5, 1866, priced at only 50 cents as usual (in wrappers only -- no copies were issued in cloth).

This is a later issue of Harper's edition -- with no date on the front cover (but it is on the title page), with the rear cover dated Nov.1866 rather than Jan. 1866, and with the ads' list of books ending with No. 280 rather than No. 261. Condition is very good-plus (quite minor edge-wear with the fragile spine missing the "TR" of the author's name, tiny speckles on the front wrapper, a small spot on the rear wrapper). Smith pp 80-81 (and see pp 75-79 for the Lippincott history); Smith notes an even-later issue dated 1867 (with ads connoting 1877), but not this variant. Item #14744

Price: $425.00

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