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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
    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... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 106245

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  2. 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... Learn More
    £30,000

    Stock Code: 62939

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  3. 118886
    First edition in book form of one of Hardy's lesser-known novels. Written during the year 1879 and serialised in the magazine Good Words (where it was bowdlerised by its Scottish clergyman editor), it is a tale in which Hardy compiled the three separate strands which at that time most affected his life. One strand was his... Learn More
    £22,500

    Stock Code: 118886

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  4. A Laodicean;
    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... Learn More
    £4,250

    Stock Code: 106269

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  5. A Laodicean;
    First edition. A Laodicean initially appeared as a serial in the European edition of Harper's New Monthly Magazine from December 1880 to December 1881, and in Harper's in America between January 1881 and January 1882. Each instalment featured an illustration by George du Maurier, who had already illustrated another of Hardy's... Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,500

    Special Price £1,125

    Stock Code: 62259

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  6. Two on a Tower. A Romance.
    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... Learn More

    Regular Price: £4,750

    Special Price £3,563

    Stock Code: 66140

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  7. 119901comp
    First edition in book form, presentation copy of volume I, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To the Hon. Mrs Jeune, from Thomas Hardy". Presentation copies are highly uncommon, with just two copies traced at auction. The recipient, Mary Jeune, later Baroness St Helier (18481931), was a prolific essayist... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 119901

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  8. 123136
    First edition in book form. An attractively bound copy of this collection of five stories, which were previously published in serial form. Learn More
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 123136

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  9. 119705
    First edition in book form, first impression. Jude the Obscure was Hardy's last novel, in which he "deliberately attacked the existing educational system and marriage laws. The novel's sexual directness fuelled the hostility of its reception in some quarters, and while Hardy affected to laugh off a bishop's claim to have... Learn More
    £375

    Stock Code: 119705

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  10. Jude the Obscure.
    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... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 74084

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  11. Jude the Obscure.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More

    Regular Price: £1,375

    Special Price £921

    Stock Code: 70384

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  12. 116522
    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... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 116522

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  13. i1
    The Autograph edition, limited to 153 sets signed by the author on an inserted leaf, this set number 3 bound ad personam for the American collector William Beers Crowell. The edition was based on the first 21 volumes of the Wessex Edition, "the definitive edition and last authority in questions of text" (Purdy), combining... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 115614

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  14. 121371detail
    Signed limited edition, number 94 of 153 sets signed by Hardy. The autograph edition was an American issue of the first 21 volumes of the Wessex edition, "the definitive edition and last authority in questions of text", partly printed from the English plates and partly reset in America (Purdy). It was later reissued in 1920... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 121371

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  15. 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... Learn More
    £7,500

    Stock Code: 96658

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  16. The Works.
    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"... Learn More

    Regular Price: £10,500

    Special Price £7,875

    Stock Code: 68715

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  17. 105784detail
    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"... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 105784

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  18. The Writings.
    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

    Regular Price: £4,500

    Special Price £3,375

    Stock Code: 68630

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  19. 123029
    First Riccardi edition, number 712 of 1000 copies printed on handmade paper. Another 14 copies (12 of which were for sale) were bound in vellum. This collection of poems by Hardy was first published in 1916. It is rare to find it with the jacket. Learn More
    £875

    Stock Code: 123029

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  20. 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

    Regular Price: £3,000

    Special Price £2,250

    Stock Code: 49073

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

    Stock Code: 107168

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