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The Oxen

By Hardy, Thomas




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THE OXEN (A LEGEND OF CHRISTMAS EVE). SONG. WORDS BY ... MUSIC BY GRAHAM PEEL [caption title]

Hardy, Thomas

London: Chappel & Co., Ltd., 1920. Quarto. Printed self wrappers. Folded, loose sheets, as issued. A bit rumpled and lightly soiled, but a good copy. First edition of the original sheet music for the setting of this Hardy poem. A presentation copy, inscribed on the front wrapper: "To Ethel, / from / Th: Hardy. / Jan: 1920." The recipient, Ethel Richardson, was Florence Hardy's elder sister. Michael Millgate, in THOMAS HARDY A BIOGRAPHY (p. 545), notes that Mrs. Richardson stayed at Max Gate in September 1922 "while Florence went up to Enfield to see her parents. Mrs. Richardson played to Hardy on the piano -- everything from cathedral chants to modern dance tunes. . . ."

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THE OXEN (First Edition in Custom slipcase)

Hardy, Thomas

Hove, England: E. Williams, 1915. Hardy, Thomas. THE OXEN. Hove, England: (Privately Printed by E. Williams), 1915. First Separate Edition. NEAR FINE crisp copy of this scarce sewn pamphlet containing the two-leaf printed poem "The Oxen." THE OXEN is a Christmas poem freely distributed to the English people in late December during a dire winter season in which the trenches were filled with suffering World War One soldiers. Hardy's poem conjures up the Oxen, one of the beasts in the manger which attended the birth of Christ and fell to its knees in wonder. But the beautiful sentimental simplicity of the manger scene of the poem is set against the irony of those suffering most from the war and conveys Hardy's deep and aching desire to return to a simpler past. THE OXEN is, in our opinion, one of the greatest of Hardy's war poems and its power can still be felt today. Beautifully presented in a custom blue cloth folder with marbled paper. . First Edition Thus. Printed Wrappers. Near Fine.

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The Oxen.

HARDY, Thomas.

Printed for Private Circulation, Hove., 1915. First edition. Octavo. Sewn wrappers. This one-page Christmas poem was printed four days earlier in The Times, on 24th December 1915, and appears to be a pirated edition.Fine.

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The Oxen

Hardy, Thomas

Hove: [Private Circulation Only], 1915. First edition. Published in "the Times." 24th December, 1915. Reprinted at Hove, 28th December 1915. 4 unnumbered pages. 1 vols. 12mo. Gray printed wrappers. First edition. Published in "the Times." 24th December, 1915. Reprinted at Hove, 28th December 1915. 4 unnumbered pages. 1 vols. 12mo. Printed for Antiquarian bookseller E. Williams of Hove as an Xmas booklet. Not uncommon because there was for a longtime a remainder. Purdy p. 175

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The Oxen.

HARDY, Thomas.

Privately Printed. Hove. 1915. Published in "The Times" 24th December 1915 and Reprinted for private circulation, 28th December 1915. Slim paperback pamphlet. 2pp. Lovely clean copy.

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The Oxen.

HARDY, Thomas.

Privately Printed. Hove. 1915. Published in "The Times" 24th December 1915 and Reprinted for private circulation, 28th December 1915. Slim paperback pamphlet. 2pp. Covers are partially sunned, some light foxing spots to o/w clean contents.

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THE OXEN

Hardy, Thomas

Hove: [ E. Williams], 1915. Printed gray wrappers. Wrappers slightly creased and smudged, otherwise a very good copy. First separate printing of this poem, following its appearance in THE TIMES by four days, ostensibly made for "private circulation." PURDY, p.175.

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The Oxen.

HARDY, Thomas.

Hove:: [Private Circulation Only],, 28th December, 1915.. original printed wrappers tied with cord.. Very slightest of sunning to wrappers; very nice.. 8vo,. Published in "The Times," 24th December, 1915.

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The Oxen

HARDY, Thomas

Hove: Private Circulation, 1915. First Separate Edition. Paperback. Octavo (20.5cm.); original grey stitched printed wrappers; [4]pp. Wrapper extremities a bit toned, light wear from handling, else Very Good and sound. Christmas poem first published in The Times December 24th, 1915, and reprinted here by the antiquarian bookseller E. Williams, December 28th, 1915. PURDY, p. 175.

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THE OXEN

Hardy, Thomas

Tempe [Az]: Edwin B. Hill, 1948. [4]pp. leaflet. Separate printing of this poem, issued in an unspecified (but small) edition. The NUC locates one copy.

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