Item #4349 JUDE THE OBSCURE. Thomas Hardy.


London: Osgood, McIlvaine and Co., 1896 [but 1895]. First Edition. Attractive copy of Hardy's last completed novel, centered around Jude Fawley, a stonemason who dreams of becoming a scholar. Purdy, pp.86-91. Item #4349

First Impression, mixed state, with gatherings A-B, D, and F showing partially-blank pages unnumbered, and gatherings C, E, G-H numbered. Octavo (20.75cm); vertically-ribbed hunter green cloth, with titling and decorative elements stamped in gilt on spine and front cover; top edge gilt; viii,515,[3]pp, with illustrated frontispiece etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn, and terminal map of Wessex. Mild offsetting and foxing to endpapers, a few leaves with some trivial thumb-soil to margins, with some faint rubbing along upper rear joint, else Near Fine.

Price: $650.00

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