Tess of the D'Urbervilles.
A Pure Woman. With forty-one wood engravings by Vivian Gibble.London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1926 Stock Code: 132503
NotesSigned limited edition, one of 325 large paper copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author, the first edition illustrated by Vivian Gribble: "Perhaps her finest work was done for an edition of Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles, published by Macmillan in 1926 and containing 41 exquisite wood engravings. Gribble's engravings were always formal and simple, 'classical' in style but not static. The Hardy engravings show the same powerful simplicity" (Alan Horne, The Dictionary of 20th century British Book Illustrators, 1994, pp. 227-28).
This edition was printed from the plates of Macmillan's definitive Wessex Edition, incorporating the author's revisions. Tess of the D'Urbervilles was first published, unillustrated, in book form in 1891, having been originally published in an abridged version as a serial in the Graphic from July to December 1891, with two episodes the seduction of Tess by Alec d'Urberville and the baptism and death of Tess's baby removed by the editor.
Quarto. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles to spine gilt, raised bands, decoration to turn-ins gilt, floral endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Wood-engraved frontispiece with tissue guard, 40 illustrations in the text by Gribble, folding map of Wessex at the rear.
The occasional minor blemish, an excellent copy in a fine binding.
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