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TROLLOPE, Anthony.

Nina Balatka.

The Story of a Maiden of Prague.

Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, [1879] Stock Code: 79604
£3,000.00
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First edition, second issue, of one of Trollope's scarcest works, his story of a woman's struggles to marry while caught between the mutually antagonistic Jewish and gentile societies of Prague. Written by Trollope as a short story for anonymous serialisation in Blackwood's Magazine, it turned out longer than intended, but as a book it was not successful. First published in 1867, the first issue copies were bound into two volumes with a dated title page. In 1879 the remainder sheets were bound up two volumes in one, with (unusually) an undated title page specially printed for this issue. Sadleir states that there were fewer than 200 bound up for the extremely rare first issue, and not many more for the second.

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Description

Two volumes in one, octavo. Original brown cloth, titles gilt to spine, covers blind-stamped with a geometric panel and central lozenge.

Condition

Spine darkened, rubbed and rolled, cloth split along rear joint though the board holding fine, faints spotting to early and late leaves. A very good copy.

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