11 - 13 July 2000
[HARDY, Thomas (1840-1928)]. Under the Greenwood Tree A Rural Painting of the Dutch School. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1872.
2 volumes, 8° (186 x 122mm). Letterpress half-titles and titles. (Very light, variable browning, volume I half-title guarded.). Early 20th-century polished calf gilt by Riviere & Son, the covers with triple gilt fillet borders, gilt board edges and roll-tooled gilt turn-ins, the spines gilt in 6 compartments divided by raised bands, contrasting gilt morocco lettering-pieces in 2 compartments, dated at the foot, the other compartments decorated in gilt with central fleurons within floral corner-pieces, top edges gilt, the original cloth covers and spine laid down and bound in at the end (boards very slightly scuffed, spines lightly faded, the original cloth trimmed and a little rubbed and marked).
FIRST EDITION. HARDY'S SECOND PUBLISHED NOVEL, SIGNED ON THE VERSO OF THE HALF-TITLE OF VOLUME I 'THOMAS HARDY'. Under the Greenwood Tree was issued anonymously, and printed in an edition 'presumably of 500 copies' (Purdy). Purdy pp.6-8; Sadleir 1117. (2)
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