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The Woodlanders. With a map of Wessex.
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited; The Macmillan Company, New York, 1903 - Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt, gilt roundel on front cover. Rubbed, shaken, front inner hinge cracked but holding, pastedowns spotted but text clean. Map, publisher's adverts. Presentation copy, inscribed by Hardy on the blank preceding the half-title, "From the Author, to Miss Hetty Rogers, in return for a picture kindly sent. Aug. 1903." The picture to which Hardy refers is a watercolour entitled "Egdon Heath", now in the collection of the Dorset County Museum, which was sent to Hardy by a Miss Hetty Rogers of Hampstead. Egdon Heath is a key fictional location in Thomas Hardy's Wessex, the setting for The Return of the Native, and also featuring in The Mayor of Casterbridge and the short story "The Withered Arm". The Ginnung-Gap plays a very similar role in The Woodlanders. This is the 1903 reprint of the new edition, forming vol. VII of The Wessex Novels, the first edition having been published in three volumes in 1887.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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