Wessex Poems

And Other Verses

HARDY, Thomas

HARDY, Thomas Wessex Poems And Other Verses

Harper & Brothers, 1898.

First edition. 8vo. Publisher's deluxe binding of light brown buckram, bevelled edges, blocked and lettered in gilt. All edges gilt. Frontispiece, twelve full-page illustrations and eighteen head- and tailpieces drawn by Hardy. A near fine copy, particularly clean and crisp throughout with foxing only to the endpapers and frontispiece's tissue guard. Short crack to the lower hinge. The cloth shows some colour variance, as usual, though overall is more homogeneous and attractive than usually encountered.

Hardy's first collection of verse and the beginning of a thirty year devotion to the refinement and publication of his life's poetry. Purdy notes that "This first collection, like all the others to follow, covers a wide range of years and contains poems which antedate the earliest novels." Only four poems published in the volume had been printed elsewhere previously.
This variant issue was advertised by the publishers as "a few copies handsomely bound, for presentation purposes, 7s.6d. each."

Purdy p. 96.

Stock ID: 38369

£1,500.00

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