The Works.London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1919-20 Stock Code: 110543
THE MELLSTOCK HARDYThe Mellstock edition, one of 500 sets signed by the author on the limitation page of volume I. The Mellstock is one of the most attractive collected editions of Hardy, printed in a clear and legible type, this set finely bound by Morrell.
At Hardy's suggestion the edition was named after his fictional "Mellstock", a combination of the Dorset hamlet Stinsford, where his heart is now buried, with the Higher and Lower Bockhamptons. The publication was originally projected in July 1914 but was halted by the outbreak of the First World War. The text is largely a resetting of the Wessex edition with the exception of A Pair of Blue Eyes, for which Hardy sent the publishers five pages of corrections and additions on 18 June 1919 (Purdy, p. 288).
37 volumes, octavo (223 X 151 mm). Finely bound by Morrell in contemporary blue calf, titles and decoration to spines gilt in compartments separated by raised bands, multiple fillets gilt to boards with floral cornerpieces, inner dentelles gilt, plain blue endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Half-titles, title-pages and terminal licence-leaves printed in red and black, etched portrait frontispiece after William Strang to vol. I, map frontispiece to vol. II.
Spines slightly faded, an excellent set.
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