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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Hutchinson, London (1976)

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About this Item: Hutchinson, London, 1976. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good to Fine. First English Trade Edition. Hardy, Thomas. AN INDISCRETION IN THE LIFE OF AN HEIRESS. London: Hutchinson, 1976. First English Trade Edition, preceded in the UK only by the signed limited edition of 100 copies published by the second Mrs. Hardy shortly after his death in 1928. A Fine copy in a Very Good Plus dust jacket with a few closed tears on the back panel. The story is all that remained of his first attempt at novel writing which received multiple rejections and some harsh criticism. Although no-one wanted to publish THE POOR MAN AND THE LADY, Hardy made use of some of it by placing sections in his other novels. That which remained became this title and it did get printed once in his lifetime, a periodical appearance in 1878 in "The New Quarterly Magazine.". This neat little volume offers the opportunity to read the story as it appeared in 1878 and to do so from the volume that author John Fowles, a Hardy disciple, kept on his shelves. Purchased directly from the Fowles estate. Signed. Seller Inventory # 001753

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Book League Of America, New York (1933)

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About this Item: Book League Of America, New York, 1933. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. Hardy, Thomas. FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD. New York: The Book League of America, 1933. Reprint edition. A FINE copy in a blue Deco-inspired binding decorated in gold. The dustjacket is equally FINE with a similarly attractive Deco-inspired look. This copy was not sold in shops, it was printed in small numbers and posted directly to members of the Book League. Private Press. Seller Inventory # 001750

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Parkinson, Bland, London (1915)

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About this Item: Parkinson, Bland, London, 1915. Unbound. Condition: Good. First Edition. HARDY, THOMAS. The Mellstock Carols [caption title]. [London: Printed by John Parkinson Bland, at the Times Office, Printing House Square c. 1915). Single sheet printed on the recto and verso. A GOOD copy, browned and creased. This quasi-broadside printed for a Christmas issue of the London Times contains a charming extract from Under the Greenwood Tree (first published in 1872), specifically the famous scene where the Mellstock Quire, led by hero Dick Dewy, sings Christmas carols to heroine Fancy Day who watches from her bedroom window. No copies on OCLC as befitting such an unusual piece of perishable ephemera. Seller Inventory # 002056

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by United States Book Company, New York (1896)

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About this Item: United States Book Company, New York, 1896. Condition: Near Fine. Hardy, Thomas. THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. New York: United States Book Company, [c. 1896]. NEAR FINE copy, pages a little brittle, touch of wear to the outer hinges. A fascinating Hardy reprint. The John Lovell Company, notorious engine of piracy of English novels, disbanded and re-formed in 1896 as The United States Book Company. Not only is this text pirated, the binding design is almost an exact copy of the Henry Holt "Leisure Moment" series (for Hardy: 1873-1886) which faithfully presented the author's official first American editions. The binding also neglects to get the title right, leaving off "THE" and reading "Return Of The Native." Peculiar and rare. Seller Inventory # 002080

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Lea, Hermann (Thomas Hardy)

Published by Macmillan, London (1913)

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About this Item: Macmillan, London, 1913. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. [Hardy, Thomas] Lea, Hermann. THOMAS HARDY'S WESSEX. London: Macmillan, 1913. First Edition. A VERY GOOD copy in original publisher's maroon cloth gilt, evenly worn but still bright and without any real problem save for the frontispiece and prelims which are foxed. Designed as a companion piece in binding style to Macmillan's WESSEX EDITION (the definitive Hardy text) first published in 1912, it reveals via photograph the actual locations which inspired Hardy's fictional Wessex. More scarce than generally realized. Seller Inventory # 002081

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TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (Eight Color Lobby: Hardy, Thomas (Roman

Hardy, Thomas (Roman Polanski)

Published by Columbia Pictures (1979)

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About this Item: Columbia Pictures, 1979. Unbound. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Hardy, Thomas (Roman Polanski). TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES (Eight Color Lobby Cards from the 1979 Roman Polanski Film adaptation). NY: Columbia Pictures, (1979-1981). Complete set of color lobby cards in "as new" condition which were distributed as promotional tools for the Columbia Pictures/Roman Polanski's TESS starring Nastassja Kinski, Peter Firth, and Leigh Lawson. Filmed in 1979, released in the U.S. in December of 1980. Polanski's TESS was nominated for five Oscars, winning three. A gorgeous set of lobby cards appropriate for a gorgeous film, perhaps the most faithful adaptation of Thomas Hardy's famous novel. Seller Inventory # 001586

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SONG OF THE SOLDIERS: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

Published by E. Williams (1914)

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About this Item: E. Williams, 1914. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. Hardy, Thomas. SONG OF THE SOLDIERS. Hove (Brighton): E. Williams, 1914. First trade edition, first issue (with comma after "9th September" on the title-page). 4pp. Printed on the 16th of September, 1914 (the British Museum received their copy on the 10th of October 1914), this was the first authorized trade edition (see Purdy p. 158). In unfolded, Near Fine condition, just a trifle age-toned. This poem shortly thereafter appeared in hardcover in Hardy's first edition of Satires Of Circumstance (1914) under the title "Men Who March Away." One of the most powerful and oft anthologized, of Hardy's World War One poems. Pretty copy in an attractive cloth folding case, lettered in gilt. Seller Inventory # 001751

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Henry T. Coates, Philadelphia (1897)

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About this Item: Henry T. Coates, Philadelphia, 1897. Condition: Fine. Hardy, Thomas. A PAIR OF BLUE EYES. Philadelphia: Henry T. Coates, (n.d. but 1897). Attractive reprint edition of Hardy's third novel here found in original publisher's decorated cloth. A FINE example. Prior owner's signature (dated 1897) on front free endpaper. Reprints of Hardy's novels prior to 1900 in this kind of condition are uncommon. Chap Book. Seller Inventory # 001748

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Chatto & Windus, London (1913)

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About this Item: Chatto & Windus, London, 1913. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Fine. Keith Henderson (illustrator). First Illustrated Edition. Hardy, Thomas. UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE. London: Chatto & Windus, 1913. First Illustrated Edition. Ten charming illustrations (including frontispiece) by Keith Henderson. A FINE copy with a touch of foxing but only a touch of wear. In a custom quarter-morocco open-end case. Seller Inventory # 002071

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THOMAS HARDY'S STUDY (Signed, Limited Engraving By: Hardy, Thomas (Howard

Hardy, Thomas (Howard Phipps)

Published by Dorset County Museum, Dorchester (1993)

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About this Item: Dorset County Museum, Dorchester, 1993. Unbound. Condition: Fine. Howard Phipps (illustrator). Hardy, Thomas (Howard Phipps). ENGRAVING OF THOMAS HARDY'S STUDY AT MAX GATE by Howard Phipps. Dorchester: Dorset County Museum, 1993. In FINE condition, enclosed within a bi-fold folio, also FINE. This stunning and highly detailed engraving was printed from the wood on an Arches, acid-free mould-made paper, using an 1862 Albion hand press. This wood engraving had been officially commissioned by the Dorset County Museum. Although the complete edition was limited to two hundred and fifty signed copies, this is one of the fifty (#15) which were reserved for patrons of the Literary Gallery Appeal. The engraving measures 8 ½" x 7 ¼" with the folio measuring 7 ½" x 10 ¾". Howard Phipps studied Fine Art at the Gloucestershire College of Art in Cheltenham. He is a painter/printmaker with a special interest in wood engraving. A member of the Royal West of England Academy since 1979, and the Society of Wood Engravers since 1985, he has also been a frequent exhibitor at Royal Academy summer exhibitions where he received the Contemporary Print Award for color engraving. In 2003 & 2004 he received the landscape print prize at the National Print Exhibition in London. Signed by Illustrator. Private Press. Seller Inventory # 001824

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by E. Williams, Hove, England (1915)

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About this Item: E. Williams, Hove, England, 1915. Printed Wrappers. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition Thus. Hardy, Thomas. THE OXEN. Hove, England: (Privately Printed by E. Williams), 1915. First Separate Edition. NEAR FINE crisp copy of this scarce sewn pamphlet containing the two-leaf printed poem "The Oxen." THE OXEN is a Christmas poem freely distributed to the English people in late December during a dire winter season in which the trenches were filled with suffering World War One soldiers. Hardy's poem conjures up the Oxen, one of the beasts in the manger which attended the birth of Christ and fell to its knees in wonder. But the beautiful sentimental simplicity of the manger scene of the poem is set against the irony of those suffering most from the war and conveys Hardy's deep and aching desire to return to a simpler past. THE OXEN is, in our opinion, one of the greatest of Hardy's war poems and its power can still be felt today. Beautifully presented in a custom blue cloth folder with marbled paper. Seller Inventory # 002072

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Dodd, Mead, New York (1886)

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About this Item: Dodd, Mead, New York, 1886. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Very Good. Hardy, Thomas. TWO ON A TOWER. NY: Dodd, Mead, 1886. Early Reprint. A VERY GOOD example (lightly worn) of this uncommon early edition of one of the best of Hardy's lesser known novels (original published in London as a three-volume first edition in 1882). While early American reprints of Hardy's work can often be inelegant in appearance, this is a beautiful reprint done up by Dodd, Mead with a fantastic dragon as the front cover's pictorial ornamentation. Dodd, Mead published no other Hardy titles and, as one might expect from this kind of random imprint situation, this is the first example of the particular edition we've seen in the last fifteen years or so of keeping track of pre-1890 Hardy reprints. Seller Inventory # 002050

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by A. L. Burt, New York

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About this Item: A. L. Burt, New York. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. First Edition, Thus. Hardy, Thomas. TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES. NY: A. L. Burt, (1924). First Photoplay Edition. A FINE copy (slight sunning to the spine, a touch of shelf wear) in a FINE ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S DUST JACKET (virtually flawless). Published in tandem with the 1924 MGM film shot in England at genuine Hardy Country locations starring Blanche Sweet as Tess. It would be very difficult indeed to find a better copy. Seller Inventory # 002022

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Ward, Mrs. Humphry

Published by Smith, Elder (1888)

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About this Item: Smith, Elder, 1888. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Ward, Mrs. Humphry. ROBERT ELSMERE. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder, 1888. First Edition. A NEAR FINE set in original publisher's dark blue-green fine-diaper cloth, only the slightest wear to the extremities, simply superb for this title. ROBERT ELSMERE, now mostly familiar only to the Victorian Fiction specialist, was one of the single most important novels about religious faith and doubt published in the late Victorian era. It presented an uncanny and minute psychological analysis of its central character, creating a vision of Christianity based on social concern and not pure theology. Mary Augusta Ward (1851-1920) is sometimes chided by those with rear view mirrors for being part of an anti-suffrage movement in her later years but writers of the times such as Thomas Hardy recognized her subversive pro-woman subtext and she was much admired. Her charitable work was equally celebrated; she is not a writer to be forgotten. To quote John Carter in his landmark 1947 exhibition catalogue: "It is hard nowadays to realize how deeply Mrs. Ward's novel stirred the thoughtful public of the day." We've never seen a nicer copy of this important High Spot, one of the triumphant achievements of Victorian Women's Fiction and, in terms of faith questioned, one of the most important novels of the times. Wolff 7024. Sadleir 3293. Seller Inventory # 002132

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Henry Holt, New York (1876)

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About this Item: Henry Holt, New York, 1876. Condition: Near Fine. First American Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA. NY: Henry Holt & Company, 1876. FIRST AMERICAN EDITION. A NEAR FINE copy in the primary publisher's binding of cream cloth (with endpaper ads dated May 20th, 1876, the same month as publication of Hardy's two-volume London first edition). Although there is slight foxing to the upper cover, this example is virtually unworn and without any of the spine toning which is almost always found on these fragile American pale cream colored bindings. THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA, Hardy's fifth novel has rarely been accepted as anything more than a minor achievement. Yet it is the bridge between his masterpieces FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. Ethelberta's "problem" has always been that she was Hardy's attempt to break free of his Wessex roots and create a more urban "society" protagonist. His writing in this novel is still brilliant but the setting and plot are such that this brilliance is apparently not so easily seen. Seller Inventory # 001752

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Harper & Brothers, New York (1897)

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About this Item: Harper & Brothers, New York, 1897. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Henry Macbeth-Raeburn (illustrator). First American Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE WELL-BELOVED: A sketch of a temperament. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1897. First American Edition. Original green publisher's cloth, gilt. Etched Frontispiece with tissue guard, and a map, both featuring Hardy's fictional Wessex. A Fine, bright copy with only the most minor of blemishes in an ORIGINAL 1897 DUST JACKET (slightly stained and a little browned, expert paper restoration to the verso). THE WELL-BELOVED, Thomas Hardy's 14th and last novel, is a fantasy which tells the story of sculptor Jocelyn Pierston and his love for three generations of women. Although one of Hardy's minor works, it is unfairly underrated. The theme of man's universal experience of pursuing unattainable perfection in a mate is pure Hardy at its core. Any 19th Century DJ on a Thomas Hardy first edition is exceedingly rare, we know of only a handful. Purdy (p. 96). Seller Inventory # 001704

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Henry Holt, New York (1886)

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About this Item: Henry Holt, New York, 1886. Condition: Near Fine. First American Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE MAYOR OF CASTERBRIDGE. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1886. Original mustard yellow cloth decorated in black. First American Edition issued as No. 191 in Holt's "Leisure Hour Series" and published simultaneously with the London two-volume edition. This was Hardy's tenth novel and last of his books to be published in America by Henry Holt. In our experience, one of the more difficult of the later Holt titles to find. This is a NEAR FINE copy, bright and virtually unworn, with a line of soil near the fore-edge of the front cover which extends to a portion of the top edge. Purdy p. 53. Quarter morocco vintage slipcase. Seller Inventory # 001786

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Henry Holt, New York (1874)

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About this Item: Henry Holt, New York, 1874. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Very Good. First American Edition. Hardy, Thomas. DESPERATE REMEDIES. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1874. First American Edition of Hardy's first novel, in the primary binding of original publisher's cream cloth (rather than mustard yellow cloth). This copy also has the endpaper ads in their first state, dated March 17, 1874 (the month of publication). The three-volume London first edition is extremely rare, making this an opportunity to acquire a relevant first edition of Hardy's first published title at a reasonable price. A VERY GOOD copy, some light browning to its spine and a bit of wear to one corner, plus the usual light soil inevitable to this pale binding. Vintage custom slipcase. Seller Inventory # 001727

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A MAN OF DEVON: Short Stories Including: Galsworthy, John (Sinjohn,

Galsworthy, John (Sinjohn, John: Pseud.)

Published by William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh & London (1901)

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About this Item: William Blackwood & Sons, Edinburgh & London, 1901. Pictorial Cover. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition. [Galsworthy, John) Sinjohn, John (pseud.) A MAN OF DEVON. Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1901. FIRST EDITION of the author's fourth and rarest book, a first edition which, in terms of survival and as a condition-rarity, ranks #1 out of all Galsworthy's major works. This is the NEAR FINE (one corner bumped, tiniest bit of wear) copy which belonged to Florence Henniker, Thomas Hardy's collaborator and love-interest, a woman who was part of Galsworthy's literary circle (her bold ink ownership signature on half-title). An excellent ASSOCIATION COPY and particularly desirable in the light of Galsworthy's later refusal to reprint or acknowledge any his first four "John Sinjohn" pseudonymous books (which fictionalized poorly-veiled personal life details, including the illicit affair he had with his cousin's wife). Curious Florence Henniker may have found out about Galsworthy's authorship of A MAN OF DEVON on the sly as Galsworthy did not present, as far as we know, a single copy of the four Sinjohn first editions to friends or family. This copy's provenance further includes the legendary collection of Oliver Brett, 3d Viscount of Esher (1881-1963, bookplate). A MAN OF DEVON consists of four short stories, one of which contains the first appearance of a Forsyte Character: "The Salvation of Swithin Forsyte." This short story was the seed that launched the nine legendary Forsyte novels as well as two TV miniseries (1967 & 2002). So here you have it: his rarest book in superb original condition, with an alluring association, and the first place one can read the story that launched a literary saga which still has relevant and iconic value to our 21st century. Signed. Seller Inventory # 001866

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TRILBY (In Original PUBLISHER'S PRINTED DUST JACKET): Du Maurier, George

Du Maurier, George

Published by Osgood, McIlvaine, London (1895)

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About this Item: Osgood, McIlvaine, London, 1895. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Du Maurier, George. TRILBY. A Novel. London: Osgood, McIlvaine, 1895. 141 illustrations by the author including frontispiece. FIRST ENGLISH ONE-VOLUME EDITION AND FIRST ILLUSTRATED EDITION preceded only by the 1894 non-illustrated three-volume first edition which is rarely seen today. A FINE copy (gilt blazing bright) in a VERY GOOD example of the extremely uncommon ORIGINAL PUBLISHER'S PRINTED DUSTJACKET which is a little chipped along the bottom edge, and at two small points near the top. But there is no loss to any of the lettering or the design. Two very small pieces of archival tape can be found on the verso of the DJ. Du Maurier (1834-1896) was one of the most successful illustrators of the last half of the Victorian era, the much acclaimed illustrator for "Punch" and other popular publications. Toward the end of his life, at the urging of Henry James, he produced three novels, the most extraordinarily successful of which was TRILBY which begat hysterical Trilby-mania (the Trilby hat changed men's fashion, it became the name of a town in Florida) and introduced the character of SVENGALI, the evil mesmerist who hypnotizes the lovely Trilby into becoming a world renown diva through his dark hypnotic talents (thus serving as the inspiration for Gaston Leroux's PHANTOM OF THE OPERA). This is the novel for which Du Maurier will forever be remembered, a book which made hypnotism just as much a part of our modern culture as Svengali has become part of the English Language as the descriptor of anyone who manipulates another person in a sinister fashion through the force of mesmerizing persuasion. The survival of this dustjacket seems to us to be of equal rarity to the survival of Thomas Hardy's JUDE THE OBSCURE which was also published in a six-shilling single volume by Osgood, McIlvaine in November of this very same year. Seller Inventory # 001713

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Holt & Williams, New York (1873)

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About this Item: Holt & Williams, New York, 1873. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Fine. First American Edition. Hardy, Thomas. UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE. New York: Holt & Williams, 1873. First American Edition, first issue, in the original publisher's cream cloth decorated in black. This is a NEAR FINE copy, its cloth a trifle age-toned, but with scarcely any wear and rare thus. Under The Greenwood Tree was Hardy's second novel (initially published in two volumes in London in June 1872) but his first novel to be published in the United States. This particular copy has the required first state of both title page and binding, listing its publisher as Holt & Williams rather than just Holt; it also has the earliest endpaper ads dated May 10, 1873. The best example of this fragile book we've seen in over thirty years. In a new custom slipcase. Seller Inventory # 001791

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Macmillan, London (1887)

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About this Item: Macmillan, London, 1887. Decorative Boards. Condition: Fine. First Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE WOODLANDERS. London: Macmillan and Co, 1887. First Edition, first impression, one of only 1,000 copies published on March 15th, 1887. Three volumes, 8vo, original dark green pebbled publisher's cloth (the secondary binding with the leaf of out-of-date ads from volume one excised by the binder). A FINE, fresh, and untouched example with only the most minor of blemishes. A few corners are just lightly bumped, the spine gilt of Vol. 2 is just slightly less bright than the other two volumes, and there is one tiny nick to the spine tip of Vol. 3. The inner hinges are tight and sound; there is virtually none of the usual foxing. Armorial bookplates belonging to a previous owner are affixed to each volume's front paste-down. This is not one of the first 860 sets originally bound in green buckram-grain cloth in March of 1887 but part of a secondary binding-up in similarly colored pebble-grain cloth of the remaining 140 copies in sheets (which most likely occurred sometime before September of 1887 when Macmillan released its follow-up one volume edition of 2,000 copies). The first bound group went primarily to the lending libraries of Mudie and W. H. Smith which accounts for the generally atrocious condition of the few badly marked survivors which are more to be pitied than purchased. Purdy pp. 54-57. Housed in a new, custom slipcase. Seller Inventory # 002409

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THE WOODLANDERS (Presentation Copy Inscribed by the: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

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About this Item: Osgood, McIlvaine, London, 1903. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Fine. Hardy, Thomas. THE WOODLANDERS. With a map of Wessex. London: Macmillan, 1903. Early reprint edition in original publisher's blue cloth with gilt decoration and lettering. A FINE, fresh copy INSCRIBED by the author on the front free endpaper and dated 1907. The presentation is rather enigmatic. "For Alliance sake (I. K. H7. VI)." Hardy seems to be quoting Shakespeare's Henry VI, Part 1, Act Two, Scene Five in which an unjust death is blamed as being "for alliance sake." THE WOODLANDERS is itself filled with Shakespeare allusions, especially Hamlet, and Henry VI Part 1 is alluded to in other of Hardy's works. A mystery only partially solved and a recipient as yet entirely unknown. Purdy p. 57. Inscribed By Author. Seller Inventory # 001910

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Hardy, Thomas

Published by Osgood, McIlvaine, London (1895)

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About this Item: Osgood, McIlvaine, London, 1895. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Fine. H. Macbeth Raeburn (illustrator). First Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE WESSEX NOVELS. [Complete In XVIII Volumes]. London: Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1895-1913. First Uniform and Complete Edition of Hardy's prose. All eighteen volumes uncut and uniform in original publisher's dark green cloth; gilt monogram on front boards, t.e.g. An etched frontispiece in each volume by H. Macbeth-Raeburn. Blind-stamp reading "W. E. CASE, STATIONERS, DORCHESTER" on the front-free endpaper of seven of the titles. This run of perfectly matched bright unrubbed copies (just a few stray scrapes), a REMARKABLY FINE SET, appears to have been put together by the same individual during the 1890's (while Hardy was living just down the road at Max Gate). This is the FIRST TRUE COLLECTED EDITION of Hardy's works and it contains three first editions: JUDE THE OBSCURE (found here with all first issue points), THE WELL-BELOVED, and A CHANGED MAN. This edition is of further importance as every novel, for the first time, had been extensively revised by the author who also provided each with a new and important preface. Initially published in the I-XVI volume Wessex Novels, 1895-96, THE WELL-BELOVED (Osgood, McIlvaine, 1897) and A CHANGED MAN (Macmillan, 1913) followed on in identical format as volumes XVII and XVIII. While the easily found Macmillan 1912-1914 WESSEX EDITION is generally lauded as the first collected writings with the text exactly as Hardy wanted it for posterity, and Macmillan's MELLSTOCK EDITION of 1919-1920 is deservedly praised for its glamorous and lush 37-volume signed limited edition, the Osgood set is by far the rarest of the three in FINE ORIGINAL CONDITION. Highly desirable as such, inexplicably underrated and undervalued by collectors, dealers, and institutional libraries for over a hundred years. Purdy pp. 279-282. Seller Inventory # 001908

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ORIGINAL ETCHED PORTRAIT OF THOMAS HARDY (Signed: Hardy, Thomas [Strang,

Hardy, Thomas [Strang, William, artist]

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About this Item: 1894. No Binding. Condition: Fine. Strang, William (illustrator). [Hardy, Thomas]. Strang, William, artist. ORIGINAL ETCHED PORTRAIT OF THOMAS HARDY, signed W. Strang in the plate and Wm. Strang in pencil in the margin beneath the image [1894]. 15 x 10 cm (image) on a 24 x 19 cm sheet. One of the iconic portraits of Thomas Hardy by the painter and printmaker, William Strang (1859-1921). What makes this example extraordinary is Hardy's presentation inscription to his close (if not closest) friend Edmund Gosse: inscribed in pencil in the lower margin "Thomas Hardy / to / Edmund Gosse." Sir Edmund Gosse (1849-1928) was a highly respected poet and critic, today best known perhaps for his powerful 1907 memoir FATHER AND SON (adapted in 1976 for BBC2 television by Dennis Potter). Hardy had very few close male friends during the course of his life and after the death of Horace Moule in 1873 (Moule's suicide seems to us quite clearly to have been the defining event which darkened the coloration of Hardy's fiction forever), it seems safe to say that Gosse was also his closest confident until both men met their death within four months of each other in 1928. This etching was surely Hardy's own example and its presentation to Gosse gives credence to the notion that this particular image was one of Hardy's personal favorites. Hardy was an occasionally willing signer of photographic portraits of himself. But this particular artist-signed etching, inscribed by Hardy to the man closest to him, stands alone in its desirability. The etching is loosely affixed with archival tape inside an acid-free mount and apart from a few apparently organic wrinkles to the paper it is in fine condition. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002406

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THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. In Three: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

Published by Smith, Elder, London (1878)

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About this Item: Smith, Elder, London, 1878. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE. In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1878. First Edition, first issue, printed in an edition of 1,000 copies. Frontispiece map in Vol. 1. A VERY GOOD, untouched and honest copy, all three volumes with double-ruled blocked-in-blind borders on the back covers which definitively denote the primary binding. Original publisher's brown fine-ribbed cloth, spines and front covers blocked in black, spines blocked in gilt, with cream endpapers. Single leaf of ads at the back of Volume 2. Extremities lightly rubbed, some minor bubbling to the cloth and mild bumping to the corners. Volume 3 shows indents where this set was once bound up (as was the custom of the times) with string. Inner hinges starting, prelims and edges with moderate foxing, no prior ownership markings. Yet despite faults, there is residual freshness to this copy and even a touch of original gloss to the cloth making this several cuts above the average example of this title which is usually found ex-library, worn to bits, or in the three-rule secondary binding (which without question belonged to a remaindered second binding-up of 100 copies accomplished in 1882 by W. Glaisher, wholesale booksellers, a four-year gap from the first binding-up). This is a similar situation to Hardy's THE TRUMPET-MAJOR (Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880). No matter how some bibliophiles might try to spin it, the two-ruled primary bindings are far preferable to the three-ruled versions which were bound years later. The lending libraries swallowed THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE and THE TRUMPET-MAJOR whole, causing them to be read to pieces and leaving nice, clean copies in the primary binding without library labels few and far between. THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE, Hardy's sixth novel, remains after 135+ years, one of the great literary masterpieces of the late Victorian era and one of Hardy's most popular novels, still easily readable today unlike so many other well-known Victorian classics. Plot: Eustacia, the high-spirited tragic heroine, is stifled by life inside bleak Egdon Heath and marries earnest and educated Clym Yeobright as an escape. Eustacia's former lover, Damon Wildeve, spitefully marries Clym's cousin Thomasin in revenge for Eustacia refusing to succumb to his physical charms. Bad things happen; there is little justice or mercy for all involved and their fates are not particularly upbeat leaving Hardy, as usual, open to unfair accusations of gleeful pessimism. But a closer reading of THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE shows Hardy's distinct tenderness toward his flawed characters, simply victims of the same human condition we all endure, constantly smacked around by circumstance and coincidence. An excellent copy of a highly desirable first edition. Housed in a new brown & black matching slipcase spine-lettered in gold. Purdy, pp.24-27; Sadleir 1113. Seller Inventory # 002400

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A PAIR OF BLUE EYES (Inscribed By: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

Published by Kegan Paul & Co. (1880)

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About this Item: Kegan Paul & Co., 1880. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Hardy, Thomas. A PAIR OF BLUE EYES. London: C. Kegan Paul & Co, 1880. Third Edition, a FINE bright copy with only the smallest amount of wear to the extremities, INSCRIBED by the author on the verso of the front free endpaper: "Yours Faithfully, Thomas Hardy." In the publisher’s original decorated blue cloth, blocked in gold and black. A PAIR OF BLUE EYES was first published in London in 1873 as a three-volume edition, the first book to bear Hardy’s name. A PARTICULARLY DESIRABLE COPY AS WE ARE NOT AWARE OF ANY RECORDED OR EXTANT PRESENTATION COPY OF A PAIR OF BLUE EYES. Housed in a new custom slipcase. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 002402

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THE DYNASTS (All 3 Volumes in Original: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

Published by Macmillan, London (1903)

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About this Item: Macmillan, London, 1903. Decorative Boards. Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE DYNASTS: A Drama of the Napoleonic Wars, In Three Parts, Nineteen Acts, & One Hundred and Thirty Scenes. London: Macmillan, 1903-1906-1908. Three volumes. First Edition in publisher's original green cloth. First issue of Volume One (1903 title page integral, only 103 copies at most printed, expert repair to front inner hinge), first British issue of Volume Two (title page a cancel as found in all British first editions; some 1905 titles were found among the American issue), First Issue of Volume Three. Very Good copies (a little worn at the edges) in Very Good examples of ALL THREE ORIGINAL DUST JACKETS (some light restoration to corners and spines). Very rare in the original dust jackets and as nice a set of the first issue as we've seen. Hardy's interest in The Napoleonic Wars was most famously expressed in his 1880 novel THE TRUMPET MAJOR but also found expression in his poetry and here in his Magnum Opus, THE DYNASTS, which took him several decades of hard work to bring to fruition. THE DYNASTS is little read today but contains the best and most complete insight into of Hardy's world-view (as hinted at in the last line of TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES when he invokes The President Of The Immortals as having finished his sport with Tess). Bookplate of a distinguished previous owner on front paste-down all three volumes. Purdy pp. 119-135. Seller Inventory # 001817

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THE TRUMPET MAJOR (Believed to be the: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

Published by Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London (1881)

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About this Item: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, London, 1881. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. Hardy, Thomas. THE TRUMPET MAJOR. A Tale. London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1881. 8vo. First One-Volume edition in the original publisher's red cloth, blocked in black and lettered in gilt. 32-page catalogue at rear. Very Good, cloth a little soiled and worn. PRESENTATION COPY inscribed on the verso of the front-free endpaper: "Miss Tindal Atkinson/ from/ T. Hardy." The recipient was the daughter of Hardy's good friend Henry Tindal Atkinson (1818-1890). Hardy met "Serjeant" Atkinson and his daughter in 1880 or 1881 when they became neighbors. As recorded by Hardy in the Life (155): "Though they had expected to be lonely in Wimborne after London, they [ ] had a genial neighbor in the county judge Tindal-Atkinson, one of the last "Serjeants-At-Law," who took care they should not mope if dinners and his and his daughter's music could prevent it." Indeed Hardy fondly referred to Atkinson as "My Dear Serjeant" in the holograph note to Atkinson from Hardy found tipped into this volume on his Max Gate stationery, dated August 21, 1885. This charming letter refers to Atkinson's "dignified" cane which was left at Max Gate and which Hardy is happy to personally return. This appears to be the only known presentation copy of Hardy's great Napoleonic novel THE TRUMPET MAJOR, his best-selling and most popular early work, first published in 1880 in an edition of 1,000 copies. There are no presentation copies of the first edition recorded in Richard Purdy's Thomas Hardy bibliography, and none appeared at the sale of the greatest collection of Thomas Hardy's first editions and manuscripts, that belonging to Frederick Baldwin Adams, Jr. (Sotheby's New York, 2001). Nor can an inscribed copy be found in the extensive Hardy collections of Carroll Atwood Wilson, Michael Sadleir, Morris Parrish, Howard Bliss, David Magee, or Robert Lee Wolff. Auction records and institutional search likewise find no other copy presented by the author, first edition or indeed later editions. Three-volume first editions of THE TRUMPET-MAJOR continue to be highly desirable but easily acquired. Ours is a black tulip, one-of-a-kind, a copy personally presented to the daughter of a man whom Hardy called friend and neighbor. Purdy (p. 35). In a vintage morocco clamshell case. Inscribed By Author. Seller Inventory # 001909

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THE MELLSTOCK EDITION (37-Volume Collected Works, Signed: Hardy, Thomas

Hardy, Thomas

Published by Macmillan, London (1919)

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About this Item: Macmillan, London, 1919. Decorative Cloth. Condition: Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Fine. William Strang (illustrator). First Edition, Thus. Hardy, Thomas. THE MELLSTOCK EDITION OF THE WORKS. London: Macmillan, 1919-1920. 37 volumes, 8vo, original blue publisher's cloth designed with stunningly handsome and generous gilt ornamentation, untrimmed. Frontispiece portrait by William Strang. Map of Wessex. First edition, one of 500 copies SIGNED by Hardy. By overwhelming consensus, this edition is considered the most desirable complete collection of Hardy's masterful writings, the lifework of perhaps the only English writer to achieve enduring fame as both novelist AND poet. This set is unopened and unread, and absolutely FINE. Remarkably, each of the 37 volumes still wears its original dust jacket, all of which are uniformly white, bright, and virtually without blemish. Preserved for nearly a century in pristine, untouched condition. At any given time, one can find a dozen sets of the Mellstock Edition for sale, rebound or in varying conditions of original cloth. Why settle for anything less than the best? Purdy pp.287-288. Signed by Author. Seller Inventory # 001756

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