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The Hand Of Ethelberta a Comedy In Chapters

By Hardy, Thomas




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HAND OF ETHELBERTA a Comedy in Chapters

Hardy Thomas

London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1876. 2 volumes. First edition. With eleven attractive wood-engraved plates after George Du Maurier. Tall 8vos, in the publisher's original and primary binding of brick-red cloth, the upper covers with lettering blocked in gilt within elaborate black Victorian borders, the spines decorated and lettered similarly in black and gilt, cafe-au-lait endpapers. Now housed in a fine cloth-covered clamshell box with attractive printed label. vi, [1], 322, [2 ad]; vi, [1], 318, [2 ad] pp. An uncommonly handsome set of one of Hardy's rarest works, all the more so in original cloth and desirable condition. The cloth is still quite fresh, with no fading and bright gilt, just a bit of expected mellowing and rubbing at the tips or extremities, the text brighter and cleaner then is typically seen, any foxing being only occasional and quite light, the plates especially clean. A VERY ATTRACTIVE SET OF ONE OF HARDY'S RAREST WORKS, LISTED AS NUMBER FOUR IN COMPARATIVE SCARCITY BY SADLEIR. It is even more rare in the original cloth and in this state of condition, most copies being either overly repaired or overtly shabby. The events of the story concern Ethelberta's career as a famous poet and storyteller as she struggles to support her family and conceal her secret—that her father is a butler. Beautiful, clever, and rational, she easily attracts four very persistent suitors (Mr. Julian, Mr. Neigh, Mr. Ladywell, and Lord Mountclere), but is reluctant to give her much-coveted hand.

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The hand of Ethelberta, a comedy in chapters

HARDY, THOMAS

London: Smith, Elder, & Co, 1876. First edition, 2 vols., 8vo, pp. vi, [2], 322, [2] ads; 9 plates; half brown calf over marbled boards, spines decorated in gilt in six compartments with maroon and green leather labels, t.e.g.; light general wear to binding, otherwise a very good set.

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The Hand of Ethelberta. A Comedy in Chapters

Hardy, Thomas

London: Smith, Elder & Co, 1876. First edition, 1000 copies printed. Illustrated with 11 plates by George Du Maurier. [viii], 322; [viii], 318 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. Full crimson morocco by C.J. Sawyer, spine panels ruled and lettered in gilt, t.e.g., gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. Minor rubbing to extremities, internally clean. First edition, 1000 copies printed. Illustrated with 11 plates by George Du Maurier. [viii], 322; [viii], 318 pp. 2 vols. 8vo. First edition of Hardy's follow up to Far from the Madding Crowd. "[I]ts settings are more often urban or suburban than rural, its central characters either servants or their middle- and upper-class employers, and its romantic elements subordinated to the central story ... of how, at what cost, and with what ironic implications, a butler's daughter, Ethelberta Petherwin, wins her way to social and financial power as the wife of the wealthy but dissolute Lord Mountclere. Hardy doubtless intended to demonstrate that his professional range extended beyond rural settings, but the novel was poorly received..." (ODNB). Purdy pp. 20-24; Wolff 2977; Sadleir 1107. Provenance: Albert Henry Wiggin (bookplates); Lynde Selden (detached bookplates)

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The Hand of Ethelberta. a Comedy in Chapters. ( Volume 1 Only.)

Hardy, Thomas

London: Smith, Elder & Co. Very Good+ with no dust jacket. 1876. First Edition. Hardcover. Volume ONE ONLY. FIRST EDITION. Dark green half leather, gilt titling/decs to spine, marbled paper covered boards, all very rubbed/scraped. Corners and head/tail of spine bumped. All Edges Marbled. Plain Dark Khaki end-papers. Inner paper hinge springing but both hinges sound and tight. 322pp. Black and white frontispiece and illustrations (6 full page black/white plates incl. Frontis). Slight foxing/thumbing. No Inscriptions. Overall CLEAN TIGHT AND BRIGHT. Obviously this volume is in desparate need of a Volume 2 ! - and a bargain to anyone who has one! ; 105070; 8vo .

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The Hand of Ethelberta. A Comedy in Chapters. [Pocket Edition]. BRIGHT, CRISP COPY OF THE POCKET EDITION

Thomas HARDY

Macmillan,, 1923. Sm. 8vo., with title in red and black, and full-page map in thre text; original series binding of plum cloth, upper board elaborately blocked and lettered in gilt and blind, back gilt extra, gilt top, a very good, bright, crisp copy. A bright copy of the work in this most attractive format.

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The Hand of Ethelberta. A Comedy in Chapters. (The Wessex Edition).

HARDY, THOMAS:

Macmillan & Co. 1912 (1st.in this form).. Tall 8vo. Maroon cloth with gilt decor to spine. In very good condition. Covers slightly rubbed, spine lightly sunned. Slight browning to endpapers. Else a clean and tight copy. 457pp. Photogravure frontis.and a map.

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THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA A Comedy in Chapters

HARDY Thomas

Macmillan, 1951. The Library edition. 8vo. Original gilt lettered blue cloth, top edge red (Fine), no dustwrapper. Pp. ix + 458, illus with endpaper maps (no inscriptions).

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The Hand of Ethelberta A Comedy in Chapters

Hardy, Thomas

NY: Harper and Brothers. Very Good with no dust jacket. N.D.. Reprint. 1. Hard Cover. Volume XV 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 lightly frayed, spine is lightly faded, covers have a few tiny scuffs, else unmarked, tight, square and clean. VERY GOOD. . Anniversary Edition Series. Sepia photographs. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. xii, 458 pp .

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THE HAND OF ETHELBERTA. A Comedy in Chapters

Hardy , Thomas

Heron Books, London, 1970. Club Edition. Hardcover. Very Good Condition/No Dustjacket. Illustrator: Alan Lee. .. 8vo, 459 pgs. map endpapers frontis portrait and full page illustrations. Bound in green simulated leather with attractive gilt decoration on front board and spine. Binding and gilt bright and clean with no defects of note. Virtually 'as new'. Looks good on the bookshelf particularly in sets. Others in series available. Illustrator: Alan Lee. Quantity Available: 1. Category: Classics; Inventory No: 11627..

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The Hand of Ethelberta. A Comedy in Chapters.

Thomas Hardy

Macmillan & Co, 1923. Hardcover. Good. 1923. 479 pages. No dust jacket. Burgundy cloth. Macmillan's Pocket Hardy Series. The Wessex Novels: Volume X. Contains black and white map of Wessex. Gilt top edge. Pages are slightly tanned with some foxing throughout. Heavier to endpapers and pastedowns. Pencil inscription to front free endpaper. Boards have slight edgewear with corner bumping. Notable sunning to spine and edges with some crushing to spine ends. Gilt lettering is bright and clear.

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