18 volumes of Thomas Hardy's Wessex Novels
Nice bindings, including all his novels
Small hardbacks, bound in burgundy cloth, each with gilt decoration to spine and in some cases to the upper boards. Top edge gilt. Each 17 17.5 × 11cm, pagination below.
Dated 1911—1933. This collection of Thomas Hardy books contains all fourteen of his novels, as well as a few volumes of poetry and short stories. All but Late Lyrics has the map of Wessex bound in at the rear. The books are
1. Desperate Remedies (1926, 474pp). Some light mottling to the fore-edge of both boards but otherwise a good plus copy.
2. Under the Greenwood Tree (1929, 273pp). Light mottling but good.
3. A Pair of Blue Eyes (1929, 435pp). Mottled fading to the board's edges.
4. Far From the Madding Crowd (1930, 476pp). Very light mottling to the rear board.
5. The Hand of Ethelberta (1928, 480pp). Quite heavy mottling to the boards, contents good.
6. The Return of the Native (1933, 482pp). Light mottling and fading, otherwise good.
7. The Trumpet-Major (1928, 372pp) Mottling to front and rear, the rear board being a bit scruffy. Contents good.
8. A Laodicean (1926, 500pp). Mottling to the boards edges.
9. Two on a Tower (1929, 310pp). A good copy.
10. The Mayor of Casterbridge (1926, 406pp). Very light mottling by the front joint, a little to the rear board.
11. The Woodlanders (1926, 460pp). Mottled to the board's edges, heaviest to rear board.
12. Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1928, 517pp). Some dulling to the boards, and slight loss to the paper of the front pastedown and endpaper.
13. A Group of Noble Dames (1911, 271pp). Lacks the ffep, lightly foxed but contents good.
14. The Well-Beloved (1925, 338pp) A good solid copy.
15. Life's Little Ironies (1929, 268pp). A very good copy.
16. Jude the Obscure (1922, 516pp). The scruffiest of the lot, heavier marking and fading to the boards and some loosening to the inner binding. Small area of fraying to the rear joint.
17. Wessex Tales (1926, 291pp). Very light mottling, otherwise a good solid copy.
18. Late Lyrics and Earlier (1924, 288pp). A fair copy with mottling and rubbing, and the gilt to the spine has darkened. A previous owner's signature in this book is that of poet Hedley Lucas.
An attractive set. Whilst all books are perfectly readable, there is noticeable mottling and fading to the boards but they are in generally solid shape. The majority have the same previous owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, and occasionally another signature.