[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.] In Prose and Verse with Preface and Notes.New York, Harper & Brothers Publishers,  Stock Code: 136745
NotesThe Anniversary Edition, issued to celebrate Hardy's 80th birthday, out of series from an edition of 1,250 sets. From the library of the American intellectual Gore Vidal, unmarked as such, but with a certificate of provenance from the dealer to whom Vidal's library was sold.
21 volumes, octavo (223 x 149 mm). Contemporary blue half morocco by Whitman Bennett of New York, bound for William Harrison with his name and rampant griffin device in gilt to covers, twin orange and red morocco lakes, spines tooled in gilt, red marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt.
With photogravure frontispieces and plates throughout printed on china paper and with descriptive tissue guards.
Spines lightly sunned, some bumping to tips, a few patches of rubbing and stripping to morocco skilfully retouched. A very good set.
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