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HARDY, Thomas.

Far from the Madding Crowd.

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Published: London Smith, Elder & Co 1874

Stock Code: 128066

£9,500
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition in book-form, one of 1,000 copies published on 23 November 1874. Hardy's fourth novel was serialized anonymously in the Cornhill Magazine from January to December 1874, prompting a reviewer for the Spectator to remark that "If 'Far from the Madding Crowd' is not written by George Eliot, then there is a new light among novelists". Hardy's breakthrough novel introduced the fictional region of Wessex, establishing "precisely the kind of richly specific rural and agricultural setting that was to characterize his most widely admired work" (Michael Millgate). Hardy himself was especially pleased with Allingham, whom he called "the best illustrator I ever had".

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Description

2 volumes, octavo. Original green diagonal-fine-ribbed cloth, spines lettered in gilt with central quatrefoils filled in black, triple-panel design blocked to front covers in black with churchyard vignette to front covers and reproduction of Allingham's second plate to rear, uncial titles to central panel with decorative tooling gilt, 3-line border to rear covers in blind, fore and lower edges untrimmed. Neatly recased with new brown endpapers. Housed in brown quarter morocco boxes, spines lettered in gilt, brown cloth sides (boxes worn).

Illustrations

12 wood-engraved plates by Helen Allingham (née Paterson), the frontispieces with tissue guards.

Condition

Pencilled ownership inscription on a preliminary blank in vol. I, "Arabella Carnegie June 1876"; Lady Arabella Carnegie of Southesk (1850-1907); a few minor pencilled marking to text. Covers worn and dulled with some light cockling, minor paper repair to vol. II pp. 1/2, some soiling and creasing to contents. Still a very good copy in the scarce original cloth.

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