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Titre : The Return of the Native. With an Etching by...
Éditeur : [Osgood McIlvaine, 1895]
Etat du livre : Good
Description du livre [Osgood McIlvaine, 1895. 8vo., First Edition thus, on laid paper, with an etched frontispiece (original tissue guard present) and a full-page map in the text, some light spotting to preliminaries only; original decorative ribbed cloth gilt, 'TH' monogram blocked in gilt on upper cover, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, joints very lightly rubbed else a very good, tight copy. Osgood's 'Wessex Novels' was the first uniform and complete edition of Hardy's works. 'The edition is an important one. The text of every novel was thoroughly and carefully revised, the topography (names and distances) corrected where necessary, chapters frequently retitled, and much rewriting done. In addition Hardy prepared a special preface for each volume' (Purdy p.281). Each of the sixteen volumes has an etched frontispiece by Macbeth-Raeburn depicting a scene from the novel drawn on the spot (in this case 'The 'Egdon Heath' of the story') and a map of Wessex drawn by Hardy himself. In terms of book production, these are undoubtedly the finest trade editions of Hardy's works. All volumes of this series are scarce, especially in this condition. See Purdy, pp 279-282. N° de réf. du libraire 25470