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HARDY, Thomas.

Two on a Tower. A Romance.

In Three Volumes.

Published: London: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882

Stock code: 66140

Price: £4,750

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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. Overall, Hardy seems to have found writing Two on a Tower a rushed affair: “The truth is that, though the plan of the story was carefully thought out, the actual writing was lamentably hurried — having been produced month by month, and the MS. despatched to America, where it was printed without my seeing the proofs. It would have been rewritten for the book form if I had not played truant and gone off to Paris” (Letter to Edmund Gosse, 21 January 1883). In book form, the novel was published in late October 1882, in an edition of 1,000 copies. With the ink stamps of Dartington Hall, located in Totnes, Devon, part of Hardy’s fictionalized Wessex.

3 volumes, octavo. Original dark green cloth, titles to spines gilt, triple-frames and publisher’s monogram device to boards in blind, pale yellow endpapers, top edge untrimmed. Spines gently cocked, bindings lightly rubbed and bumped, occasional marks to margins. An excellent set.

Bibliography: Purdy, pp. 41-44.

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