The Noble Jilt
London: Constable & Company, 1923. Hard Cover. 8vo. 1 of 500 copies. The first and only edition of a play originally written in 1850. In his autobiography, Trollope writes that: “[I] did give the best of my intellect to the play, and I must own that when it was completed it pleased me much…and I doubt whether some of the scenes be not the brightest and best work I ever did.” His publisher, however, did not agree, thinking the comic play a minor work not suited for publication. The plot was later adapted and became the theme of Can You Forgive Her? The binding replicates that of this novel. It is in red patterned cloth with a heavy blocked decorative frame on front and back. Title and author are printed in gilt on the spine. Except for brief wear at the edges of the binding and along top and bottom of spine, the book is in very nice condition. The text is bright and clean. The bookplate of noted Baltimore collector Henry G. Burke is on pastedown. 182 pages. LIT/071607. Very Good Plus.