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HARDY, Thomas.

Rare books by Thomas Hardy, including first edition, signed first edition, and finely bound copies of Jude the Obscure, Wessex Tales, Tess of the D’Urbervilles, and handsome sets of the collected works.

Thomas Hardy belongs to a very select group of writers regarded equally highly as both novelist and poet. His work divides neatly into two periods, so that he can almost be regarded as a novelist of the nineteenth century and a poet of the twentieth century.

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  1. 106245

    The Trumpet Major.

    A Tale.
    First edition in book form of Hardy's great novel of the Napoleonic war, written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Trafalgar. The story was first published in slightly bowdlerized form in Good Words, Jan-Dec 1880, with the book edition published on 26 October 1880 "in an edition of 1000 copies" (Purdy), though sales were slow and 250 sets of sheets were eventually remaindered to W. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1880

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106245

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  2. The Trumpet Major. A tale.

    The Trumpet Major. A tale.

    First edition in book form of Hardy's great novel of the Napoleonic war, written to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Trafalgar. Purdy notes that the novel was published in an edition of 1,000 copies and remarks that the three-line border "is less common than the 2-rule binding". The story was first published in slightly bowdlerized form in Good Words, Jan-Dec 1880, with the book edition published on 26 October 1880. Learn More
    £30,000

    Date of Publication: 1880

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 62939

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  3. A Laodicean;

    A Laodicean;

    or, The Castle of the De Stancys. A Story of To-Day.
    First UK edition, printed in early December 1881 "in an edition presumably of 1,000 copies" (Purdy), rare in the original cloth; this copy from the library of Walter E. Smith, the pre-eminent modern bibliographer of Victorian fiction, with his pencilled ownership inscription to the front free endpaper of each volume. A Laodicean originally appeared as a serial in the European edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine December 1880 to December 1881, and in the US edition of Harper's from January 1881 and January 1882. Learn More
    £4,250

    Date of Publication: 1881

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106269

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  4. Two on a Tower. A Romance.

    Two on a Tower. A Romance.

    In Three Volumes.
    First edition. Two on a Tower originally ran as a serial in both America and the UK in the Boston-based Atlantic Monthly between May and December 1882. The editor Thomas Bailey Aldrich had written Hardy in late September 1881, asking about the possibility of a serial. However, Hardy did not begin work on the story until early 1882 and by 14 July the same year Sampson Low agreed to publish the book form. Learn More
    £4,750

    Date of Publication: 1882

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 66140

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  5. 90063

    The Mayor of Casterbridge.

    The Life and Death of a Man of Character.
    First edition in book form. The novel was originally published in weekly instalments in both the Graphic and Harper's Weekly from 2 January to 15 May 1886, in a bowdlerized text. It was published in book form on 10 May 1886 in a small print run of 758 copies, of which only 650 were bound. Smith, Elder was not without some misgivings about the storyline; their reader James Payn reported that "the lack of gentry among the characters made it uninteresting. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1886

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 90063

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  6. The Mayor of Casterbridge.

    The Mayor of Casterbridge.

    The Life and Death of a Man of Character.
    First edition in book form. The novel was originally published in weekly instalments in both the Graphic and Harper's Weekly from 2 January to 15 May 1886, in a bowdlerized text. It was published in book form on 10 May 1886 in a small print run of 758 copies, of which only 650 were bound. Smith, Elder was not without some misgivings about the storyline; their reader James Payn reported that "the lack of gentry among the characters made it uninteresting. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1886

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109768

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  7. Jude the Obscure.

    Jude the Obscure.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 70384

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  8. Jude the Obscure.

    Jude the Obscure.

    With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex.
    First edition, first impression, of Hardy's final novel, published on 1 November 1895. Copies of this edition in dust jacket are scarce: we know of fewer than ten extant. The page numbering was altered during printing, so that sigs. A-H exist in two distinct states, often found mixed. In the first state page numbers are present on partially blank pages, but this was altered so that numbers were omitted at the chapter endings (in conformity with the later gatherings). Learn More
    £15,000

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 74084

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  9. 116522

    Jude the Obscure.

    With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex.
    First edition in book form, first state, with all 17 pages noted by Purdy retaining their pagination: uncommon thus. Hardy's last novel originally appeared as a bowdlerised serial in Harper's Magazine from December 1894 to November 1895, when the European and American editions were published simultaneously in London and New York, and post-dated 1896. Learn More
    £500

    Date of Publication: [1895]

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116522

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  10. i1
    signed

    The Writings.

    [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.] In prose and verse. With prefaces and notes.
    The Autograph edition. One of a limited edition of 153 sets, this set printed ad personam for William Beers Crowell and signed by Hardy and the publisher in volume I. This edition, the definitive collected works, is one of the scarcest of any collected edition by a major writer of the past 150 years. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: [1915]

    Published: New York and London

    Stock Code: 115614

    Signed: Yes

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  11. The Works.
    signed

    The Works.

    [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.]
    The Mellstock Edition, a deluxe edition limited to 500 copies signed by the author on a preliminary leaf in Volume 1. Initially discussed as early as July 1914, the start of World War I halted production and the actual publication did not begin until December 1919. The edition name is a reference to the mythical "Mellstock" of Hardy's fiction, a combination of the tiny Dorset hamlet Stinsford with the Higher and Lower Bockhamptons. Learn More
    £10,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 68715

    Signed: Yes

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  12. The Works.
    signed

    The Works.

    The Mellstock Edition, a deluxe edition limited to 500 copies signed by the author on the limitation page in volume I. Initially discussed as early as July 1914, the start of the Great War halted production and the actual publication did not begin until December 1919. The edition name is a reference to the mythical "Mellstock" of Hardy's fiction, a combination of the tiny Dorset hamlet Stinsford with the Higher and Lower Bockhamptons. Learn More
    £17,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 105784

    Signed: Yes

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  13. The Works.
    signed

    The Works.

    The Mellstock edition, consisting of 500 unnumbered copies, with the first volume signed by Hardy. With the bookplate of James MacLehose (1857-1943) to the front pastedown, engraved by David Young Cameron, a fellow Glaswegian. MacLehose, a publisher and printer himself, was also the son-in-law of Alexander Macmillan, one of the founders of the firm which published this edition. Learn More
    £7,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 96658

    Signed: Yes

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  14. The Works.
    signed

    The Works.

    The Mellstock edition, a deluxe edition limited to 500 copies signed by the author on the limitation page in volume I. Initially discussed as early as July 1914, the start of the Great War halted production and the actual publication did not begin until December 1919. The edition name is a reference to the mythical "Mellstock" of Hardy's fiction, a combination of the tiny Dorset hamlet Stinsford with the Higher and Lower Bockhamptons. Learn More
    £17,500

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110543

    Signed: Yes

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  15. The Writings.

    The Writings.

    [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.] In Prose and Verse with Preface and Notes.
    The Anniversary Edition, issued to celebrate Hardy's eightieth birthday. One of a limited edition of 1,250 numbered sets. An excellent collected edition that is particularly well printed and handsomely bound. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1920

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 68630

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  16. The Writings.

    The Writings.

    [Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D’Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.] In Prose and Verse with Preface and Notes.
    The anniversary edition, issued to celebrate Hardy's eightieth birthday. One of a limited edition of 1,250 numbered sets. An excellent collected edition handsomely bound. Learn More
    £3,850

    Date of Publication: [1920]

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 96782

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  17. The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.
    signed

    The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall at Tintagel in Lyonnesse.

    A New Version of an Old Story Arranged as a Play for Mummers in One Act Requiring No Theatre or Scenery.
    First edition, first impression, rare presentation copy inscribed on the front free endpaper, "To T. H. Riches, from Thomas Hardy. With good wishes. January: 1924". This copy also has an autograph note (3, Shaftesbury Road, Cambridge, stationery) in the hand of Sydney Cockerell identifying the four dedicatees of the book: "E. L. H. Emma Lavinia Hardy, C. Learn More
    £3,500

    Date of Publication: 1923

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114519

    Signed: Yes

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  18. The Works. In prose and verse.

    The Works. In prose and verse.

    Facsimile of the definitive Wessex Edition. Limited edition of 270 numbered copies of which 250 were for sale. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1985

    Published:

    Stock Code: 49073

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  19. Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

    Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

    A handsome leather bound volume of this classic novel which was first published in 1891. Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1991

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 106453

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