Poems of the Past and the Present.London & New York: Harper & Brothers, 1902 [but 1901] Stock Code: 147566
Presentation bindingFirst edition, first impression, one of 500 copies, this copy in the rare presentation binding. Hardy's second volume of verse was published in November 1901, when this binding was advertised as "a Special Edition, suitable for presentation, bound in white and gold."
It is unknown how many copies were specially bound but it is likely to be a small number; examples are uncommon on the market.
Octavo. Original deluxe binding of white buckram, bevelled boards, spine lettered in gilt, front cover with roundel in gilt, edges gilt.
Cloth very slightly soiled at extremities, else bright, endpapers a little foxed, contents otherwise clean and free from marks. A very good copy indeed.
Purdy pp. 107-119.
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