London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1885.
First edition. with 5 full-page illustrations. viii, 422, [2, ad leaf]pp. 8vo. HARDY'S COPY. Original publisher's pictorial pink cloth, stamped in silver and gilt. Bookplate of Thomas Hardy, Max Gate in black OCLC locates only 2 copies of this book (Cambridge, National Library of Scotland). Item #319446
Inscribed on the half-title by the author to Thomas Hardy in the year of publication "Mr. & Mrs. Hardy/ from/ Mr. & Mrs. Hutoon./ Xmas 1885."
Signed by Hardy on the title-page "T. Hardy"
After Hardy's death, Sydney Cockerell applied the red Max Gate booklabel to all books from the author's library that were signed or annotated, while Hardy's widow, Florence, applied black labels to books owned by Hardy but not annotated. Hardy's library was dispersed by Hodgson's on 26 May 1938.
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