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Tess of the D'Urbervilles by  Thomas Hardy - First Edition - 1891 - from Burnside Rare Books, ABAA (SKU: 140938510)

Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

by Hardy, Thomas

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London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co, 1891. First Edition. Near Fine. 3 Volumes. First edition, first printing, first issue. Bound in contemporary half-leather binding over marbled paper covered boards, with all edges marbled and marbled endsheets; binder's stamp of Mudie to verso of front free endpaper. Near Fine with light rubbing to bindings, spines slightly sunned, foxing to pages and former owner name to front blank of each volume. A Victorian tripple-Decker in lovely contemporary binding. Although this novel initially received mixed reviews upon publication, it is not considered a major work of 19th-century literature.

Synopsis

Tess of the d'Urbervilles: A Pure Woman, was first published as a censored and serialized version in the British illustrated newspaper, The Graphic in 1891. An intimate portrait of a woman, one of literature's most admirable and tragic heroines...Tess Durbeyfield knows what it is to work hard and expect little. But her life is about to veer from the path trod by her mother and grandmother. When her ne'er-do-well father learns that his family is the last of a long noble line, the d'Urbervilles, he sends Tess on a journey to meet her supposed kin—a journey that will see her victimized by lust, poverty, and hypocrisy. Shaped by an acute sense of social injustice and by a vision of human fate cosmic in scope, her story is a singular blending of harsh realism and poignant beauty. Thomas Hardy created in Tess not a standard Victorian heroine but a woman whose intense vitality shines against the bleak backdrop of a dying way of life. The novel shocked contemporary readers with its honesty and remains a timeless commentary on the human condition. -

Read more: Identifying first editions of Tess of the D'Urbervilles

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Bookseller
Burnside Rare Books, ABAA US (US)
Bookseller Inventory #
140938510
Title
Tess of the D'Urbervilles
Author
Hardy, Thomas
Book condition
Used - Near Fine
Quantity available
1
Edition
First Edition
Publisher
James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co
Place of Publication
London
Date published
1891
Bookseller catalogs
Literature;
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About Burnside Rare Books, ABAA

Burnside Rare Books specializes in American and British literature, and rare nonfiction. We are located in downtown Portland, Oregon and open by appointment.

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fine
A book in fine condition exhibits no flaws. A fine condition book closely approaches As New condition, but may lack the...[more]
rubbing
Abrasion or wear to the surface. Usually used in reference to a book's boards or dust-jacket.
sunned
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edges
The collective of the top, fore and bottom edges of the text block of the book, being that part of the edges of the pages of a...[more]
marbled paper
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verso
The page bound on the left side of a book, opposite to the recto page.
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