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Tess of the D'Urbervilles

by HARDY, Thomas

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The First Edition of Hardyís "Tess" HARDY, Thomas. Tess of the D'Urbervilles. A Pure Woman. Faithfully Presented by Thomas Hardy. In three volumes. London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., [1892]. First edition, second impression, revised. Three octavo volumes. (5 x 7 1/2 inches). [8], 263, [1]; [8], 277, [1], [2, blank]; [8], 277, [1, printerís imprint], [2, blank] pp. Original smooth tan cloth. Front covers stamped in gilt after a design by Charles Ricketts of honeysuckle blossoms on two stems running from top to bottom. Spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Plain endpapers. Previous owner's bookplates in all 3 volumes. Edges and spine bumped, extremities lightly worn, spines darkened. A very good copy. Housed in a full morocco clamshell. First printed serially in the Graphic from 4 July to 26 December 1891. Purdy, pp. 67-78. Sadleir 1114. Webb, pp. 24-27. Wolff 2993. HBS 67269. $2,500
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