1872. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872. 16 pp ads dated May 1872. Original terra-cotta cloth decorated in black. First Edition. This tale takes place at the Lion d'Or, the only hotel in the small Lorraine village of Granpere; it is "not only Trollope's very best shorter book, but one of the most charming idylls in English literature" [Walpole].~One of relatively few Trollope titles to be issued in only one volume, this copy is in the primary terra-cotta cloth binding, with a cross-cornered black frame on each cover (some copies are to be found in a secondary darker brown binding without the frames). Sadleir places THE GOLDEN LION just about exactly in the middle in his analysis of the comparative scarcity of Trollope's novels: certainly it is not as scarce as earlier titles like THE MACDERMOTS, RACHEL RAY and NINA BALATKA, but it also is certainly not as common as the illustrated two-volume novels like ORLEY FARM, THE WAY WE LIVE NOW and THE LAST CHRONICLE OF BARSET.~This is an unusually bright copy, just about fine, with just the slightest bit of wear at the head of the spine, and one fore-corner worn down; the original pale yellow endpapers remain clean and intact. Sadleir (Trollope) 38; Wolff 6778. (Inventory #: 13383)
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