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Far From the Madding Crowd
London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., 1895.. [Historical fiction]. FIRST REVISED EDITION, INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR. Octavo (21 x 16cm), pp.xii; 476; [1], map of Wessex; [1], imprint; [2], blank. New edition, with a new preface by Thomas Hardy, issued as part of the 'Wessex Novels'. Publisher's dark green cloth with gilt titles to spine and gilt Hardy monogram device to upper board. Top edge gilt, other edges untrimmed. With hand-written presentation note to first leaf (above the printed asterisk); 'To Susan / Countess of Malmesbury: / From T.H.' Contents a little toned, cloth with some rubbing/soiling neat repair to crown and rear joint; very good. First published in 1874, 'Far From the Madding Crowd' was Hardy's fourth novel, his first major literary success, and his first novel to employ the term 'Wessex'. The author revised the text extensively for this 1895 edition. The later book and film 'Tamara Drew' is a modern re-working of this enduring countryside relationship drama. The recipient of this copy, Susan Harris, Countess of Malmesbury (Wilshire) was a fellow writer, friend and correspondent of Thomas Hardy, and collaborator with the Victorian novelist and literary hostess Violet Hunt, who established the literary Review in 1908.
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