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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. 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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  3. 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
    £1,500

    Stock Code: 62259

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  4. 106269
    First 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. 66140
    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
    £4,750

    Stock Code: 66140

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  6. 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 (1848-1931), was a prolific essayist... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 119901

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  7. 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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  8. 127831comp
    First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author in the month of publication on the front free endpaper: "To Lord Houghton: from Thomas Hardy. Feb 1894". The recipient was Robert Crewe-Milnes, Lord Houghton (1858-1945), whose distinguished career would include serving as Lord Lieutenant of Ireland... Learn More
    £8,750

    Stock Code: 127831

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  9. Jude the Obscure.
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £1,375

    Stock Code: 70384

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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... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 74084

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  11. 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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  12. 114335detail
    The Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. Macmillan became Hardy's publishers in 1902 and "in 1912 they undertook a new and definitive edition, called (at Frederick Macmillan's suggestion) the 'Wessex Edition'. For this edition Hardy revised his novels throughout for the last time... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 114335

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  13. 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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  14. 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"... Learn More
    £17,500

    Stock Code: 110543

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  15. 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
    £10,500

    Stock Code: 68715

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  16. 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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  17. 127465comp
    First separate edition, number 3 of 25 specially printed copies, initialled by Florence Emily Hardy, Thomas Hardy's second wife. This poem was written by Hardy for a special Armistice Day section of The Times, published on 11 November, 1920, on the occasion of the burial of the Unknown Soldier. An uncommon work with just... Learn More
    £2,750

    Stock Code: 127465

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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
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 68630

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  19. 126133comp

    Compassion.

    Dorchester: 1924

    First edition, sole impression, number 8 of 25 copies numbered and initially by Florence Emily Hardy; this copy is additionally signed by the author at the end of the poem. Hardy wrote this work at the request of the RSPCA as part of their centenary celebrations. It was printed in The Times on 16 June 1924, where it was... Learn More
    £3,750

    Stock Code: 126133

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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
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 49073

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  21. Tess of the d'Urbervilles.
    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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