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HARDY, Thomas.

The Works in Prose and Verse....

[Including Far from the Madding Crowd; The Mayor of Casterbridge; Jude the Obscure; Tess of the D'Urbervilles; The Trumpet-Major; Two on a Tower; The Well-Beloved.]

Availability: In stock

Published: London Macmillan & Co. Limited, 1917-1926

Stock Code: 114335

£4,500
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

The Wessex Edition, the definitive edition of Hardy's works, and a finely bound set. Macmillan became Hardy's publishers in 1902 and "in 1912 they undertook a new and definitive edition, called (at Frederick Macmillan's suggestion) the 'Wessex Edition'. For this 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). Volumes 1-18 make up the novels and volumes 19-23 the poetry; a further volume was published posthumously in 1931 but is not included within this set.

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Description

23 volumes, octavo (220 x 143 mm). Finely bound by Riviere and Son in contemporary half tan calf, burgundy and brown morocco labels, elaborate decoration to spines gilt in compartments separated by raised bands, brown cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt.

Illustrations

Photogravure frontispieces, double-page map to rear of each volume.

Condition

Some spotting to frontispieces and fore-edges, spines and extremities a little rubbed, an excellent set.

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