Tess of the d'urbervilles

A Pure Woman

HARDY, Thomas

IN THE RARE DUSTWRAPPER

HARDY, Thomas Tess of the d'urbervilles A Pure Woman

Macmillan, 1926.

First illustrated edition, limited to 325 copies on large handmade paper, signed by Hardy. Original publisher's quarter vellum over marbled boards, with the rare buff dustwrapper, printed in navy. Forty-one wood engraved plates by Vivien Gribble. Fold-out map of Wessex to the rear. A very near fine copy, with some very slight foxing to the endpapers and page edges only, in a crisp, near fine dustwrapper, with some light spotting to the spine and a little wear to the head of the spine.

A beautifully bound, printed and illustrated edition of Hardy's great novel, issued two years after its stage debut.
"Tess is the most eloquently written of the novels, and the one in which the natural world and the topography itself—the landscapes Tess so doggedly traverses—are most continuously and richly represented" (Michael Millgate, ODNB).

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