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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : TWO ON A TOWER. A ROMANCE.
London : Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington, 1882. First edition : one of 1,000 copies of the first issue text, before the corrections made for the virtually identical second impression. One of Hardy's most original, interesting and controversial novels - a Wessex tale of star-crossed lovers in which he aimed "to make science, not the mere padding of a romance, but the actual vehicle of romance".
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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 & OTHERS : THREE NOTABLE STORIES : LOVE AND PERIL : TO BE, OR NOT TO BE : THE MELANCHOLY HUSSAR.
London : Spencer Blackett, 1890. First edition. Three novellas making their first appearance in book form - the first from John Campbell, Marquis of Lorne, later Duke of Argyll (1845-1914); the second from Annie Hector Alexander (1825-1902), and the third - "The Melancholy Hussar" - from Thomas Hardy. The Hardy story originally appeared in "The Bristol Times and Mirror" earlier in 1890.
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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : A GROUP OF NOBLE DAMES.
London : James R. Osgood McIlvaine & Co., 1891. First edition : [one of 2,000 copies]. "A Tale of Tales", in Hardy's description - various voices - the local historian, the old surgeon, the rural dean, the colonel, the quiet gentleman, etc., recount the stories of ten different women - the stories based on genuine incidents from Wessex history. The stories had all appeared earlier in magazines, but generally in heavily bowdlerized or significantly different versions.
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT.
London & New York : Harper & Brothers, (1902). First edition : [one of 500 copies]. A collection of 99 poems - his most extensive collection to date - many of them war poems, dating from the time of the Boer War, but others from other places and other times. Includes 'The Souls of the Slain', 'The Mother Mourns', 'By the Earth's Corpse', 'Between Us Now', 'The Darkling Thrush', 'I Have Lived with Shades', and others.
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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : LATE LYRICS AND EARLIER : WITH MANY OTHER VERSES.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1922. First edition : [one of 3,250 copies]. A collection of 151 poems, the vast majority previously unpublished, but including work from every phase of Hardy's career. The introductory "Apology" is regarded as Hardy's "most significant and extended utterance on on poetry and criticism" (Purdy).
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : HUMAN SHOWS FAR PHANTASIES : SONGS, AND TRIFLES.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1925. First edition. The last collection published in Hardy's lifetime - 152 poems, most previously unpublished and mainly recently composed, although with a handful from earlier in his career.
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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : SELECTED POEMS OF THOMAS HARDY.
London : Macmillan & Co., 1940. First edition. A wartime selection of the best of Hardy, edited and introduced by the historian George Malcolm Young (1881-1959). "In the dark and threatening hours through which we are passing, Hardy, who "was steeped in the ancient music of rural England", speaks to us of the homeland we are defending".
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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : OUR EXPLOITS AT WEST POLEY.
London : Oxford University Press, 1952. First trade edition. A long-forgotten tale for children from Hardy - adventures in a cave in the Mendip Hills. The story (his only children's book) was serialised in an American women's magazine in 1892-1893, but until a limited edition was published a few weeks before the present edition, it had never appeared in the United Kingdom or in book form. Edited and introduced by Hardy's bibliographer Richard L. Purdy, who rediscovered the original publication. A review copy, with the publisher's slip loosely inserted.
HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : AN INDISCRETION IN THE LIFE OF AN HEIRESS.
London : Hutchinson & Co. (Publishers), (1976). First British trade edition. All that survives of Hardy's partly autobiographical first novel, never published in its original form or under its original title, "The Poor Man and the Lady", but later cannibalised for other novels and eventually published in its present shortened form in the "New Quarterly Magazine" in 1878. A tale of a Dorset village schoolmaster and the squire's daughter. A limited edition of 100 copies was published by his widow in 1934. Edited and introduced by Terry Coleman.
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