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Marion Fay [TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION]
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1882. First edition. Wrappers. Near Fine. A Near Fine copy of the First American edition of Anthony Trollope's "Marion Fay". EXTREMELY SCARCE. An extremely rare (of the "utmost rarity" per Smith) copy of the TRUE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION of Trollope's "Marion Fay", published by Harper & Brothers in their newspaper format Franklin Square Library. This is a Very Good + to Near Fine copy of this, the true first American edition. There are a very few corner creases and very minor chipping, much less than one would expect. As is the case with almost all extant issues in the series (and there are very few), the outer wrapper is lacking. The spine is gently rolled and what appears to be some newer stitching has been added in the middle of the spine as several pages have separated from the spine staples. The spine staples are virtually unrusted and there is virtually no soiling or foxing. The pages, including the illustrations, are unusually bright and clean and, all in all, this copy is in remarkable condition given the ephemeral nature of the publication. The Franklin Square Library series was published by Harper to meet the large demand for literature at a low price. Usually selling for 10 or 15 cents a copy, the series eventually replaced Harper's Library of Select Novels Series and its Half-Hour Series. Trollope's "Is He Popenjoy" was the first issue in the Series, and all of the remaining Trollope works published by Harper (except for some of his nonfiction works) were published in this Series. (Munro published the first American editions of Trollope's "Cousin Henry", "Two Heroines of Plumplington" and "The Landleaguers" in his newspaper format Seaside Library series.) (See Smith's Bibliography of Trollope's US publications.) Smith states: "This new series and its advertising logic sounded the death knell for collectors. First editions in this series are no longer books, but newspapers. Their fragility, format, and ephemeral makeup discouraged most buyers from keeping them.....few have survived." According to Smith, these issues are "rarely seen for sale and are usually found only in private collections and in certain research libraries." An extraordinary opportunity for the Trollope collector. Most Trollope collectors will never see this issue, much less own one. As with Trollope's first novels, the chance to own one is unlikely to arise often, if at all, for almost all collectors. AN EXTREMELY SCARCE TROLLOPE FIRST. A collection distinguishing item.
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Last Found On: 2013-12-03           Check availability:      Biblio    

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