Tess Of the D'Urbervilles

by Hardy, Thomas

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. -

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First published in 1891 by James R Osgood, McIlvaine & Co, London, in three volumes. Publisher's original sand-colored cloth with vertical linear designs of honeysuckle blossom on the upper covers, gilt decorations and lettering designed by Charles Ricketts. 

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The first American edition was published in January, 1892, and censored many events in the original British text that dealt with more mature themes. This text would later be restored in the second American edition.

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New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892. Second American edition. Octavo (19cm). In original brick red publisher's cloth, titled in gilt on spine; stamped in black and gold with black clover ornaments; [vi], 455p; 11 halftone illustrations. A bright copy, somewhat rubbed; with signs of a minor repair to reattach title page; else Good. The second American book edition restored… Read more about this item
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London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co,, 1898. Why didn't you tell me there was danger? First edition in book form, first issue with the requisite points, and marking the first appearance of the unexpurgated text. Tess is "the most eloquently written of the novels, and the one in which the natural world and the topography itself - the… Read more about this item
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London: Macmillan and Co., Limited,, 1926. The limited illustrated edition of Hardy's great novel Signed limited edition, one of 325 large paper copies printed on handmade paper and signed by the author. The text is taken from that of the Wessex Edition and incorporates the author's revisions. Large octavo (278 x 195 mm). Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery… Read more about this item
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HARDY, Thomas: Tess of the d'Urbervilles. New York, Bantam, 2004. Bantam Classic Reissue: 2004. (Originally published in 1891.) Paperback, 438 pp. Subject: Novel / Fiction & Literature. Condition: Very Good. Former owner's name inscribed in the inside of the front cover. Light edge-wear along the extremities. All pages clean and unmarked. One of the timeless classics of Victorian British Literature… Read more about this item
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London: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine and Co.,, 1891. Did you say the stars were worlds, Tess? First edition in book form, first issue with the requisite points. The elegant design of the title-page layout, one of the first examples of the 1890s art nouveau book, was the work of Charles Ricketts. Tess of the d'Urbervilles was originally published as… Read more about this item
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