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The Woodlanders by  Thomas Hardy - First edition, one of 860 copies bound (of 1,000 printed) - 1887 - from James Cummins Bookseller and Biblio.com

The Woodlanders

by Hardy, Thomas

Condition: Publisher's dark green buckram-grain cloth blocked in black on front and blind on back, spine lettered in gilt, dark-brown e


London: Macmillan and Co, 1887. First edition, one of 860 copies bound (of 1,000 printed). [iv], 302, [2], ad]; [iv], 328; [iv]; 316 pp. 3 vols. 8vo. Publisher's dark green buckram-grain cloth blocked in black on front and blind on back, spine lettered in gilt, dark-brown endpapers. Slight lean, some minor soiling to boards with small wear to spine ends, an excellent copy. Housed in green morocco-backed leather clamshell case. First edition, one of 860 copies bound (of 1,000 printed). [iv], 302, [2], ad]; [iv], 328; [iv]; 316 pp. 3 vols. 8vo. Hardy's own favorite. First edition in the publisher's primary binding, of the novel which Hardy occasionally described as his best and favorite, "set in the part of north-west Dorset in which Hardy's mother's family had lived. Although it lacks the structural assurance of its predecessor, its plot again depends on the intermeshing of emotional and economic issues. The characters live among the trees on which their livelihoods depend, and when Giles Winterbourne suffers financial losses he loses also his promised bride, educated to higher levels of class expectation, and eventually his own life" (ODNB). Purdy, pp 54-57


When country-girl Grace Melbury returns home from her middle-class school she feels she has risen above her suitor, the simple woodsman Giles Winterborne. Though marriage had been discussed between her and Giles, Grace finds herself captivated by Dr Edred Fitzpiers, a sophisticated newcomer to the area - a relationship that is encouraged by her socially ambitious father. Hardy's novel of betrayal, disillusionment and moral compromise depicts a secluded community coming to terms with the disastrous impact of outside influences. And in his portrayal of Giles Winterborne, Hardy shows a man who responds deeply to the forces of the natural world, thought they ultimately betray him.


  • Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 312342
  • Title: The Woodlanders
  • Author: Hardy, Thomas
  • Format/binding:[iv], 302, [2], ad]; [iv], 328; [iv]; 316 pp. 3 vols. 8vo
  • Book condition: Used - Publisher's dark green buckram-grain cloth blocked in black on front and blind on back, spine lettered in gilt, dark-brown e
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Edition: First edition, one of 860 copies bound (of 1,000 printed)
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Macmillan and Co
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1887
  • Keywords: British
  • Bookseller catalogs: Literature;


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