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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 & 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.
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.
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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 : 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 : 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.
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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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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.
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