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THE EUSTACE DIAMONDS
1873. In Three Volumes. London: Chapman and Hall, 1873. Original terra-cotta cloth stamped in black and gilt. First English Edition (Harper's one-volume edition was published in October 1872; this three-decker came out two months later, in December). 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.~Sadleir describes the the primary binding as "salmon-brown sand-grained cloth", with the spine lettering in gilt and black; this cloth is terra-cotta rather than salmon, and has the single-line border in black on both the front and rear covers (Sadleir says the front cover border is black but the rear cover border is blind-stamped). ~Condition is very good: the cloth is quite clean and external wear is limited to two cover creases (the boards are so thin as to be almost flexible). The volumes do appear to have been re-cased (tightened in their bindings, if you will), and Vol III has white endpapers applied over the original pale-yellow ones (however, the volumes have purple W. H. Smith lending library labels on the front endpapers including the white one, and the lending libraries were usually the first owners of triple-deckers like this, so it is quite possible that this volume has had the extra endpaper from the very beginning). On top of the Smith labels are the bookplates of the noted collector Oliver Brett (later 3rd Viscount Esher, 1881-1963). For some reason we seldom see this title in original cloth (this is only the second time in thirty years, and in fact the other time was a variant green binding). Sadleir (TROLLOPE) 39.
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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