The Fixed Period [EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION]. Anthony Trollope.
The Fixed Period [EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION]
The Fixed Period [EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION]
The Fixed Period [EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION]
The Fixed Period [EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION]

The Fixed Period [EXCEEDINGLY RARE FIRST AMERICAN EDITION]

New York: Harper & Brothers, 1882. First American Edition, 1st Printing. Wrappers. A Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, first printing, being one of Trollope's psychological novels and perhaps his most unusual works. James and Winifred Gerould, in their excellent work titled "A Guide to Trollope" (Princeton University Press, 1948), describe the novel as follows: "On an imaginary island near Australia over which the English had renounced their sovereignty, a government had been established, one of whose leading principles was the doctrine of the "Fixed Period." This law sought to solve the problem of old age, by "depositing" all inhabitants at the age of sixty-seven in a "college" where they would be comfortably housed until, at some time before their next birthday, there would be euthanasia. The protagonist of the plan was President Neverbend whose best friend, Gabriel Crasweller, was the first on the list to be deposited. As the final day drew near, Mr. Crasweller's enthusiasm for the doctrine decreased, but because of his respect for the law and the fervent argument of its supporters, he was forced to agree. On the road to the college..." The work as first serialized in Blackwood's Magazine and then published by Blackwood in two volumes on March 4, 1882. This first American edition was published on March 31st. Issued as No. 239 in Harper's "Franklin Square Library" this copy is in the first state, as the listing of titles in the series shown within ends with that number. This copy is made even rarer by its inclusion of the outer wrapper, which is frequently missing from these books published in Harper's Franklin Square Library series, because (it is thought that) in order to save money on postage, Harper did not include the wrapper on copies mailed to subscribers. As noted above, this copy is not only EXCEEDINGLY RARE but also remains in Near Fine condition (showing what appear to be worm holes in the upper outer corner of most of the earlier leaves (not at all affecting text of the tail, with the only letter be affected is the "H" in "HARPER'S" at the head of the wrapper's second page, and showing two tiny tears to the outer wrapper's left margin). This is AN IMPORTANT COPY of this Trollope novel, being the first edition of it ever published in America. In his Bibliography of Anthony Trollope's American first editions, Walter E. Smith states: "In the May 18 1878 issue of Publisher's Weekly, Harper announced its new series called The Franklin Square Library with the intent that it would be the cheapest and best series in America to supply the large demand for cheap literature....Is He Popenjoy? was the first work to appear in the new series, and all the remaining first American editions of Trollope's works published by Harper, with the exception of some non-fiction, appeared in the series....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. Despite the thousands of copies printed of each title in the series, few have survived. Trollope editions in the series are of the utmost rarity and those that have survived are generally defective....are rarely seen for sale and are usually found only in private collections and in certain research libraries." This is a copy of the "utmost rarity" as Walter Smith described these first American edition of Trollope's works in the Franklin Library Series issued in newspaper format. [Sadleir ranks the UK first edition of "The Fixed Period", along with "The Landleaguers" at C4 (or approximately 32nd) in his list of Trollope UK first edition scarcities -- at the time of this listing, only one UK First edition of this work is listed on ABE and that copy is $1,760. This first American edition, is, however RARE.] In over 40 years of diligent searching for Anthony Trollope rarities, this is the only copy that we ever have seen. A Virtually Fine copy and RARE INDEED. Near fine. Item #3053

Price: $1,750.00

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