London, South Kensington
7 June 2010
HARDY, Thomas. The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall. London: Macmillan and Co., 1923. 8° (206 x 155mm). Frontispiece and one plate, both after Hardy. (Some spotting.) Original cloth, upper cover blocked in blind and gilt, spine blocked in gilt, original dust-jacket printed in red and black (dust-jacket spotted, chipped at ends, larger chip on the back panel). Hardy's signature in black ink on the half-title. Provenance: J.E. Barton (bookplate).
FIRST EDITION, IN DUST-JACKET, SIGNED BY HARDY. A work 'closely linked with the romance of Hardy's first marriage' and his visit to Tintagel; 'the poetry of the scene and its associations lingered in his mind through more than fifty years' (Purdy). Purdy, pp.227-31.
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