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Wessex Tales Strange, Lively, and Commonplace

By Hardy, Thomas




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WESSEX TALES. Strange, Lively, and Commonplace.

Hardy Thomas

London: Macmillan and Co., 1888. 2 volumes. First edition. A publisher's presentation copy with their purple "Compliments" stamp to Vol. I. 8vo, in the scarce original dark blue/green cloth, the boards with ruled lines in light green, the spines also ruled in light green and with letting in gilt. Now housed in a fine custom clamshell box. 247; 212 pp. A fine set, and scarce in the publisher's cloth, this a very rare "Publishers' Compliments" copy. The text clean and fresh, the binding bright with only a tiny bit of age or wear. A SCARCE HARDY TITLE IN ORIGINAL CLOTH, THERE WERE ONLY 750 COPIES PRINTED AND OF THOSE ONLY 634 WERE BOUND, the rest of the sheets were remaindered. This copy is not only very unusual for its exceptional and bright condition but also for being a publisher's presentation copy. The work consists of five stories (The Three Strangers, The Withered Arm, Fellow-Townsmen, Interlopers at the Knap, and The Distracted Preacher)previously published only in serials. In the various short stories, Hardy writes of the true nature of nineteenth-century marriage and its inherent restrictions, the use of grammar as a diluted form of thought, the disparities created by the role of class status in determining societal rank, the stance of women in society and the severity of even minor diseases causing the rapid onset of fatal symptoms prior to the introduction of sufficient medicinal practices. A focal point of all the short stories is that of social constraints acting to diminish one's contentment in life, necessitating unwanted marriages, repression of true emotion and succumbing to melancholia due to constriction within the confines of 19th-century perceived normalcy.

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Wessex tales, strange, lively, and commonplace

HARDY, THOMAS

London: Macmillan, 1888. First colonial edition, issued as no. 74 in the publisher's "Colonial Library" series; 8vo, pp. [6], 276, 4 (ads); original green cloth, gilt-lettered spine; binding slightly askew, some cracking of the cloth at the spine ends. hinges slightly cracked, else very good and sound. Macmillan originally published these five tales in 2 volumes in May 1888 (in an edition of 750 copies). Purdy mentions that Macmillan next produced a one-volume edition (1500 copies) in February 1889, but he does not mention this colonial edition. Purdy, pp. 58-60.

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Wessex tales, strange, lively, and commonplace

Thomas Hardy

British Library, Historical Print Editions, 2011-03-16. Paperback. Good.

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Wessex tales, strange lively, and commonplace

Thomas Hardy

Nabu Press, 2010-08-19. Paperback. Good.

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Wessex Tales, Strange Lively, and Commonplace

Thomas Hardy

HardPress Publishing, 2012-01-10. Paperback. Good.

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WESSEX TALES Strange, Lively, and Commonplace

Hardy, Thomas

London: The Folio Society 1987 200 pages, 5 7/8 x 9, dark blue decorated cloth, hardcover in slipcase CONDITION: FINE, an excellent like new copy, fine condition in fine slipcase NOTES - Introduction by Robert Gittins. Wood engravings by Peter Reddick

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Wessex Tales - strange, lively and commonplace

Hardy, Thomas

Folio Society, 1987. Book. Very Good. Hardcover. hardback, 8vo, blue cloth lettered gilt on blue to spine, blue decorative motif to upper board, the rear free endpaper has been badly creased at the binding stage but is o/w a very good copy in original slipcase, no jacket issued, maps to endpapers, b&w wood engravings, 199pp.

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Wessex Tales, Strange, Lively, and Commonplace

Hardy, Thomas

Folio Society, 1989. Hard Cover. Very Good. Like new hardback except for owner's name stamped on front endpage. In original slipcase. Text is clean, unmarked. (Shelf location: BP) All items carefully packed to avoid damage from moisture and rough handling. Tracking included.

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The Wessex Tales strange lively and commonplace

Thomas Hardy

Folio Society. 1987 Folio Society hardback; Very Good clean and little-used copy; illustrated linen boards, with very good slipcase; UK dealer, immediate dispatch . Very Good. Hardcover. 1987.

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Wessex Tales, Strange, Lively, and Commonplace

Hardy, Thomas

London: The Folio Society, 1987. 4th Printing. Hardcover. Very Good. Reddick, Peter. Reprint, 8vo, 200pp, introduction by Robert Gittings, wood engravings by Peter Reddick, Maps endpapers, blue cloth boards illustration of corn dolly to front board. VG fresh Copy, no Slipcase

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