The Writings. In prose and verse. With prefaces and notes.
[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.]New York & London: Harper & Brothers,  Stock Code: 115614
The Autograph edition, limited to 153 sets signed by the author on an inserted leaf, this set number 3 bound ad personam for the American collector William Beers Crowell. The edition was based on the first 21 volumes of the Wessex Edition, "the definitive edition and last authority in questions of text" (Purdy), combining The Well-Beloved and A Group of Noble Dames in a single volume, and was partly printed from English plates and partly reset in America. The map of Wessex appears in vol. I only, and the illustrations (four to a volume) are derived from Lea's Thomas Hardy's Wessex.
20 volumes, octavo (235 x 155 mm). Contemporary green half morocco, titles and centre tool to spines gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed.
Illustrated title page with Alfred Jewel vignette printed in red, blue, black, and gilt on japon, frontispiece and 3 photogravure plates on japon with captioned tissue-guards in each volume, totalling 80 plates; title pages printed in red and black.
Spines slightly faded. An excellent set.
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