The Works in Prose and Verse.London, Macmillan & Co. Limited, 1919-26 Stock Code: 132753
NotesThe Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. The set is complete other than for Jude the Obscure and Human Shows. The books are later impressions, with the edition first printed between 1912 and 1926, other than Human Shows which was printed in 1931; this set may have been bound before it was issued. For the Wessex Edition "Hardy revised his novels throughout for the last time... In a 'General Preface to the Novels and Poems', dated October 1911 and printed in Vol. I, he explained his classification of his novels here adopted for the first time (revealing his estimate of their relative merits) and offered a brief apologia for his work. This is an essay of primary importance... The Wessex Edition is in every sense the definitive edition of Hardy's work and the last authority in questions of text" (Purdy).
22 volumes, octavo (222 x 141 mm). Contemporary red half morocco by James Macdonald of New York, spines lettered in gilt, red cloth sides, red endpapers, top edges gilt.
Frontispiece to each volume.
A few trivial scuff marks around extremities. A fine set.
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