• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 2227

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts Including Americana

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 59

    HARDY, Thomas (1840-1928). The Mayor of Casterbridge. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1886.

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    HARDY, Thomas (1840-1928). The Mayor of Casterbridge. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1886.

    2 volumes, 8o (187 x 129 mm). Half-titles, 2-page publisher's advertisements bound at the end of volume one, 4-page ads bound at the end of volume 2. Original blue cloth, blocked in black on front covers and spines, spines gilt-lettered (covers slightly leaned, otherwise very fine). Provenance: "CGJR" (bookplate in volume one).

    FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. The novel was originally published in weekly installments in both the Graphic and Harper's Weekly from 2 January to 15 May 1886. It was published in book form on 10 May 1886 in a small print run of 758 copies, of which only 650 were bound. Smith, Elder was not without some misgivings in regards to the storyline; their reader James Payn reported that "the lack of gentry among the characters made it uninteresting." A FINE AND BRIGHT COPY. Purdy, p.50-54. (2)


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