Complete set of first editions of the novels and short story collections.London: Tinsley Brothers; Smith, Elder & Co.; Macmillan and Co.; Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, 1871-97 Stock Code: 126114
NotesA complete set of first editions, finely bound, of Hardy's novels and short story collections.
The entire collection, with all half-titles and illustrations present as called for, comprises the following: Desperate Remedies, 1871; Under the Greenwood Tree, 1872; A Pair of Blue Eyes, 1873; Far From the Madding Crowd, 1874; The Hand of Ethelberta, 1876; The Return of the Native, 1878; The Trumpet-Major, 1880; A Laodicean, 1881; Two on a Tower, 1882; The Mayor of Casterbridge, 1886; The Woodlanders, 1887; Wessex Tales, 1888; A Group of Noble Dames, 1891; Tess of the D'Urbervilles, 1891; Life's Little Ironies, 1894; Jude the Obscure, 1896 1895; The Well-Beloved, 1897.
Hardy turned to poetry following the publication of The Well-Beloved (1897), and published only one further collection of fiction in his lifetime, A Changed Man and Other Tales (1913), which postdates the binding of this collection and is therefore not included.
Octavo, 17 works in 38 volumes. Finely bound by Tout & Sons in uniform early 20th-century red half morocco, gilt rules to covers, titles to spine in gilt, five low-raised bands tooled in gilt, compartments richly gilt, top edge gilt, gilt ruled marbled boards, marbled endpapers, red silk page markers.
1906 gift inscription on binder's blank of Desperate Remedies vol. I. Light rubbing to edges, occasional spotting or toning to text, small ink stain to bottom edge of Vol. I of The Hand of Ethelberta; in all an attractive set.
Purdy, pp. 3-96.
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