7 June 2006
HARDY, Thomas (1752-1832). The Trumpet-Major. A Tale. London: Spottiswoode and Co. for Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880.
3 volumes, 8° (187 x 127mm). Half titles. (Some occasional light spotting or marking, some leaves lightly creased.) Original red pictorial cloth, upper boards blocked in black with designs after Thomas Hardy, spines lettered and decorated in gilt and black, lower boards of vols. I and III blocked with double blind-ruled borders, vol. II with triple blind-ruled border, modern slipcase (spines lightly faded, light rubbing on extremities, some splitting on hinges, short cracks on 2 joints).
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM. The Trumpet-Major was first published serially in Good Words, in the issues running from January to December 1880; Purdy notes that 'several chapters were retitled before the novel was published in book form, and a few scattered passages were deleted', and further quotes Hardy's recollections of demands for changes to the text for serial publication: 'in both which requests I readily acquiesced, as I restored my own readings when the novel came out as a book', which it did in an edition of 1,000 sets in late 1880. The bindings of vols. I and III of this set are Sadleir variant A (with spine imprint 'Smith · Elder & Co'), and vol. II is variant B with a triple-rule border on the lower board. Purdy pp.31-35; Sadleir 1115; Sterling 446. (3)
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