Jude the Obscure.London: Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1896 Stock Code: 71098
First edition in book form, this copy entirely in the first state (pagination to all partially blank pages in signature A-H). 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 consigned the book to the flames he could not easily remain indifferent to reviews with headings such as 'Jude the Obscene' and 'Hardy the Degenerate'" (ODNB). It originally appeared as a bowdlerised serial in Harper's Magazine from December 1894 to November 1895, the British and American editions published simultaneously in London and New York, and post-dated 1896.
Octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine, raised bands, single rule to boards, twin rule to turn-ins, burgundy endpapers, gilt edges.
With an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a map of Wessex.
A fine copy.
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