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Desperate Remedies a Novel

By Hardy, Thomas

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Hardy Thomas

London: Tinsley Brothers, 1871. 3 volumes. Very scarce first edition. 8vo, bound in antique, near contemporary three-quarter blue morocco over blue marbled boards, the spines are gilt lettered in two compartments and have wide gilt decorated raised bands, t.e.g., the original red cloth to the upper cover and spine of Volume I has been retained and bound in. Now housed in a fine morocco backed foldover protective case. 304; 291; 274 pp. A very pleasing and handsome set of this rare book, quite fine internally with just a bit of normal age mellowing to the text, the original half-titles retained, the antique bindings with some light evidence of age or use at the joints and extremities. Hardy's first PUBLISHED book, and very scarce INDEED. The book was published anonymously in an edition of only 500 copies. Hardy wrote an earlier novel but had been unable to get it published. It was suggested to him to "attempt a novel with a purely artistic purpose, giving it a more 'complicated' plot than was attempted with his first, unpublished novel." The publication of Desperate Remedies was Hardy's breakthrough work, and the first of a long string of novels that propelled him to the forefront of Victorian letters. Hardy destroyed the manuscript to his one earlier and unpublished novel so no copies of it exist today. Thus it can be fairly said that Desperate Remedies is not only his first published work but also his earliest surviving.

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Desperate Remedies. A Novel.

HARDY, Thomas.

Tinsley Brothers, London., 1871. First edition. The author's first novel, published anonymously. Octavo. Three volumes: pp vi, 304; [vi], 291; vi, 274. Fine late 19th Century bindings by Stikeman & Co. of three-quarter red morocco with raised bands, gilt decoration, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. Bound with the half-titles. Original cloth bound in at the end of each respective volume. From the library of the prominent New York homeopathic doctor, John F. Talmage, with his armorial bookplate on the front pastedown of each volume.There is some discoloration to the last page of each volume caused by the bound-in cloth. Small stain to fore-edge of first volume. Near fine and attractively bound.

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Desperate Remedies, a Novel

Hardy, Thomas

NY: Harper & Brothers, 1896. Hard Cover. Very Good-.

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Desperate Remedies A Novel

Hardy, Thomas

NY: Harper and Brothers. Good with no dust jacket. N.D.. Reprint. 1. Hard Cover. Volume XIV of the Anniversary Edition of The Writings of Thomas Hardy in Prose and Verse with Prefaces and Notes in Twenty-One Volumes. Publisher's full red cloth with blind-stamped medallion on front cover, gilt lettering on spine, t.e.g., fore-edge and bottom edge deckle, uncut pages. Illustrated with four sepia photographs including frontispiece. . Head and heel of spine are rubbed and frayed, spine is lightly faded, short, repaired rip on fabric of spine, front cover and spine have droplet marks, rear cover has a small scuff mark, first three pages of the novel have been very clumsily cut on the edges, else unmarked, tight and square. GOOD. . Anniversary Edition Series. Sepia photographs. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. xii, 454 pp .

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Desperate Remedies, a Novel

Thomas Hardy

Chicago: Rand, McNally, 1900. Reprint.. Hard cover. Very good. No dust jacket. light shelf wear, no date.

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