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The Wessex Novels: The First Uniform and Complete Edition. Complete in 18 Volumes Including 3 First Editions, Together With 'Poems of the Past and the Present' and 'Wessex Poems'. 20 Vols.
Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., London - Complete set of The Wessex Novels (18 vols) together with 'Wessex Poems' and 'Poems of the Past and the Present' in uniform binding of green ribbed cloth with gilt titling to spine, and gilt TH insignia to upper board. The set includes First Editions of 'Jude the Obscure' (in the first state according to Purdy 87) , 'The Well-Beloved', and 'The Changed Man', which were all first issued as part of The Wessex Novels Edition. All titles are the first Osgood printing except for 'Wessex Tales' (1896) which is in the American Harpers binding and 'A Changed Man' which is the First Edition published by Macmillan in 1913, as called for. The two volumes of poems are also First Editions which were issued in a matching format; these are the scarcest and most valuable of the titles. 'Wessex Poems' being Hardy's first volume of verse of which only 500 were printed. Osgood, McIlvaine's edition is an important one and a complete set is hard to find. "The text of every novel was thoroughly and carefully revised, the topography corrected where necessary, chapters frequently retitled, and much rewriting done. In addition, Hardy prepared a special preface for each volume and assumed the drudgery of proof-reading." (Purdy 281). Individual volumes are in good to very good condition with varying degrees of wear. 'A Changed Man' is in by far the worst condition with a split to the front joint, warped boards and severe wear to edges. Please see photos and ask for a detailed condition report if required. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
      [Bookseller: Bath and West Books, PBFA]
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