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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : TWO ON A TOWER. A ROMANCE.

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".
Three volumes. Crown 8vo (185 x 122mm). [iv],246,[ii]; [iv],240; [iv],(224)pp. Bound, complete with half-titles, in a very attractive later (early twentieth-century) full tan morocco, banded and extra gilt, by Birdsall; original cloth preserved at rear; top edges gilt; marbled endpapers; a couple of faint scuffs; a few internal faint creases and small flaws; endpapers lightly tanned, but a very handsome set. Purdy pp.41-47. Sadleir 1116. Wolff 2996.

£2,000

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 & OTHERS : THREE NOTABLE STORIES : LOVE AND PERIL : TO BE, OR NOT TO BE : THE MELANCHOLY HUSSAR.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],(212),[iv]pp. Original pale blue cloth, ruled and lettered across upper cover and spine in black; covers lightly rubbed and very slightly marked; mild bubbling of cloth on upper cover; endpapers a little cracked; a little shaken and slack, but overall still a very good copy of an uncommon Hardy item. Contemporary (1896) ownership inscription of F. W. Wilkinson, and small late twentieth-century bookseller's label of the Hardy specialist, H. V. Day of Dorchester.

£200

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 & OTHERS : STORIES FROM “BLACK AND WHITE”.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 & OTHERS : STORIES FROM “BLACK AND WHITE”.

London : Chapman & Hall, 1893. First edition. Eight stories which had originally appeared in “Black and White” magazine, including Hardy’s “To Please His Wife”, as well as contributions from Grant Allen, J. M. Barrie, W. E. Norris, Eliza Lynn Linton, Margaret Oliphant, James Payn and W. Clarke Russell.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(350),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Maurice Greiffenhagen, William John Hennessy and others, some full-page, and including portraits of Hardy and other authors. Original blue cloth, lettered in gilt, black and white; slightly rubbed; some spotting, mainly of edges and endpapers, but a very good copy. With the entertaining 1893 ownership inscription of a young man called Wakefield, who presented himself with the book on his twenty-first birthday.

£100

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : JUDE THE OBSCURE.

HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : JUDE THE OBSCURE.

London : Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1896) [i.e. 1895]. First edition : with six of the first eight gatherings in first state, with page numbers on all the partially blank pages. His last, most bleak, and most controversial novel. With an etched frontispiece of “Christminster” by Henry Macbeth-Raeburn (1860-1947) and Hardy’s map of Wessex at rear.
Post 8vo (21cm). (viii),(520)pp. Original holly green cloth, blocked and lettered in gilt; top edge gilt; just slightly rubbed at extremities and faintly bruised; a few scattered spots to edges and endleaves; slight crack to rear endpaper, but still a very good copy.

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : POEMS OF THE PAST AND THE PRESENT.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). (xii),260,[ii],[2]pp. Original decorative cloth gilt; top edge gilt; just a hint of wear; a few trifling spots, but a very good copy. Small bookseller's label of the Kitazawa Bookstore, Tokyo.

£250

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : HUMAN SHOWS FAR PHANTASIES : SONGS, AND TRIFLES.

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.
Crown 8vo (20cm). [2],x,(280),(4)pp. Original green cloth gilt; some spotting of endpapers, but a very good, bright and largely unopened copy in the dust-jacket - just slightly tanned and with a small mark on upper panel, but also very good. Purdy pp.234-248.

£200

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : OUR EXPLOITS AT WEST POLEY.

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.
Post 8vo (21cm). [viii],(110),[ii]pp. Illustrations by Lynton Lamb (larger than those in the limited edition). Original maroon cloth, lettered in silver; faint bruise at head; slight spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the Lynton Lamb dust-jacket – just lightly rubbed at tips and with a single short nick to lower panel.

£25

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HARDY, Thomas, 1840-1928 : AN INDISCRETION IN THE LIFE OF AN HEIRESS.

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.
Demy 8vo (23cm). (126),[ii]pp. Original blue boards, lettered in silver; mild tanning of edges, but a very good copy in the pictorial Bill Dare dust-jacket - also very good.

£25

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MASTERS, James (James Edwin), 1876-1943 : SHAFTESBURY : THE ‘SHASTON’ OF THOMAS HARDY.

MASTERS, James (James Edwin), 1876-1943 : SHAFTESBURY : THE ‘SHASTON’ OF THOMAS HARDY.

Shaftesbury : Book in Hand, 1983. Second edition. A delightful portrait of the town, first published by the High House Press in 1932. Wood-engravings by James Masters and John R. Biggs (one of which did not appear in the original edition). With a memoir of James and Beatrice Masters and their High House Press by Biggs, and a checklist of High House titles 1924-1939.
Demy 8vo (23cm). [48]pp. Original boards, blocked and lettered in gilt; a very good copy in a just slightly nicked dust-jacket.

£20

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