Money on the Table

Money on the Table

Informal; a deal less advantageous than desired. For example, if an acquisition is made at a price different from what one party wants, that party is said to leave money on the table.
References in classic literature ?
He then lays certain silver money on the table, finds his hat, gropes his way down the broken stairs, gives a good morning to some rat-ridden doorkeeper, in bed in a black hutch beneath the stairs, and passes out.
She put a little paper packet of money on the table.
He might perhaps have been bought for less; but while D'Artagnan was discussing the price with the dealer, Athos was counting out the money on the table.
So saying, he marched me and Tobin to the back room of a saloon, and ordered the drinks, and laid the money on the table.