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Lotta Schmidt and Other Stories
London: Alexander Strahan, 1867. First edition. A Very Good + (for this title) copy of the first edition, first printing, in the Publisher's original maroon cloth (expected light sunning to the spine, modest shelf wear to the boards and modest wear to the spine ends, horizontal crack below "TROLLOPE" on the spine and some minor loss to spine's upper left edge); a collection of ten short stories first individually published in various magazines of which only one book edition was published in this, the original, form. Strahan, the collection's Publisher, proposed to Trollope this volume gathering the ten stories together in book form form the first time. Upon receiving Strahan's letter, Trollope wrote a note upon it reading "Tales of All Countries: Third Series", thus showing his intent that the stories continue in the series of short stories in book form already begun, but which earlier volumes were not very successful commercially. Strahan proposed that they give the collection a more distinctive title and that the collection be published in two volumes, a more profitable format for the Publisher. (This history produced a rumor that lasted into the early 1900s that there was a third installment in Trollope's "Tales of All Countries" Series that was simply too scarce to be found.) Trollope objected strenuously and, in a letter stated in part to Strahan that: "...I cannot allow the tales in your hands to be published in two volumes. I must ask you to understand that I altogether refuse my sanction to such an agreement. I have always endeavoured to give good measure to the public." Trollope went on to state that a two-volume set would leave the text thin and diluted and with "...such a desert of margin, as to make me ashamed of putting my name to the book." Perhaps the two men each conceded to the other, Trollope on the volume's name and Strahan on the format, and thus the present volume came before the reading public. Sadleir notes that, while Lotta Schmidt is among the more common of Trollope first editions, he has never seen a copy in mint condition. When the book does turn up in its original cloth, copies tend to be quite worn. Although this copy does indeed show some wear, it is in fact a rather nice copy for this cheaply-produced volume which tends to be so worn as to require rebinding. A Very Good + copy of a Trollope first with quite an interesting publishing history.
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