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The Works - HARDY, Thomas - 1919. 
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1919-20 - 37 volumes, octavo (223 X 151 mm). Finely bound by Morrell in contemporary blue calf, titles and decoration to spines gilt in compartments separated by raised bands, multiple fillets gilt to boards with floral corner-pieces, inner dentelles gilt, plain blue endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Spines slightly faded, an excellent set. Half-titles, title-pages and terminal licence-leaves printed in red and black, etched portrait frontispiece after William Strang to vol. I, map frontispiece to vol. II. The Mellstock edition, a deluxe edition limited to 500 copies signed by the author on the limitation page in volume I. Initially discussed as early as July 1914, the start of the Great War halted production and the actual publication did not begin until December 1919. The edition name is a reference to the mythical "Mellstock" of Hardy's fiction, a combination of the tiny Dorset hamlet Stinsford with the Higher and Lower Bockhamptons. At Stinsford his grandfather was a co-founder of the church "quire"; the churchyard contains the remains of both Hardy's wives, Emma Gifford Hardy and Florence Dugdale Hardy, as well as Hardy's heart, the rest of his body having been interred in Poets' Corner at Westminster Abbey. Purdy, pp. 287-288. [Attributes: Signed Copy]
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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