9 December 2020
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)
Wessex Poems. 1898
HARDY, Thomas (1840-1928). Wessex Poems and Other Verses. London: Harper & Brothers, 1898.
First edition, one of 500 copies, preserving the extraordinarily rare dust jacket. RBH/ABPC record just 3 copies with the dustjacket. ‘Of the 51 titles exactly one-third were written in the 60’s, for the most part in London lodgings in 1866 […] Many other poems, reflecting Hardy’s thought and experience in the 90’s, are obviously of recent origin […] Only 4 of the collection had been published previously’ (Purdy p.105). Purdy pp.96-106.
Octavo (200 x 138mm.). Half title, frontispiece and 30 illustrations after Thomas Hardy, some full-page. Original dark green ribbed cloth, front blocked in gilt with TH monogram medallion, spine lettered in gilt; original printed dustjacket (chips to spine ends and corners of dustjacket restored with loss of some lettering); top edge gilt, partly untrimmed and unopened.
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