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Island Books [formerly of Devon]

Fine and Rare Books at the foot of the South Downs
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Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, Dorchester, 1962 8vo., First Edition, with portrait frontispiece; original printed wrappers, wire-stitched as issued, a near fine copy. SCARCE (Book ref. 26044)
[Osgood McIlvaine, 1896] 8vo., First Edition thus, on laid paper, with an etched frontispiece and full-page map in the text, small neat signatures on front free endpaper; original decorative ribbed cloth gilt, 'TH' monogram blocked in gilt on upper cover, gilt back, gilt top, uncut, case a little shaken (but binding entirely sound), cloth rubbed from short length of upper board fore-edge backstrip lightly chafed (without material loss) at head and tail, a very good, bright copy of a scarce edition. 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 'A View near the Scene of the 'Stancy Castle' 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, this title more than most. See Purdy, pp 279-282. (Book ref. 25920)
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[Privately Printed by E. Williams], Hove, 1915 8vo., First Edition thus, title lightly marked; original printed wrappers, sewed as issued, covers lightly age-marked else a very good, clean copy. Hardy's famous poem was first printed in The Times on 24 December 1915 with the express statement 'No Copyright Reserved'. Four days later it was reprinted for private circulation only by E. Williams, antiquarian bookseller of Hove, near Brighton. Purdy, p.175. (Book ref. 25783)
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Macmillan, 1923 Sm. 8vo., with title in dark red and black, small neat contemporary signature on front free endpaper; original burgundy cloth blocked and lettered in gilt and blind, gilt back, gilt top, backstrip lightly sunned (but all lettering entirely legible), a very good, clean copy. Bright copy in this most attractive format. (Book ref. 25522)
[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. (Book ref. 25470)
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Macmillan, 1938 8vo., with folding map in the text; blue cloth, upper board with 'TH' monogram blocked in gilt, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. With prize bookplate on front paste-down, and school crest blocked in gilt on upper board.With 2pp publisher's catalogue at end. SCARCE IN THE DUSTWRAPPER. (Book ref. 25464)
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Macmillan, 1935 8vo., with double-page map in the text; blue cloth, upper board with 'TH' monogram blocked in gilt, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. With prize bookplate on front paste-down, and school crest blocked in gilt on upper board. With 2pp publisher's catalogue at end. SCARCE IN THE DUSTWRAPPER. (Book ref. 25462)
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Macmillan, 1934 8vo., with folding map in the text; blue cloth, upper board with 'TH' monogram blocked in gilt, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper. With prize bookplate on front paste-down, and school crest blocked in gilt on upper board. SCARCE IN THE DUSTWRAPPER. (Book ref. 25463)
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Macmillan, [1970] 8vo., burgundy cloth, gilt back, a near fine copy in unclipped dustwrapper. With personal bookplate on front free endpaper. SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 25233)
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Macmillan, 1938 8vo., with a folding map; blue cloth, gilt back, backstrip very lightly sunned else a near fine copy in unclipped, lightly browned dustwrapper. With the contemporary trade ticket of The Book Shop Welwyn Garden City, on front paste-down, and 2pp publisher's catalogue at end. VERY SCARCE IN THE DUSTWRAPPER (Book ref. 25192)
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Macmillan, 1922 Sm. 8vo., with title in dark red and black; original plum cloth blocked and lettered in gilt and blind, gilt back, gilt top, a very good, bright, clean copy. Nice copy of this most attractive edition. (Book ref. 25033)
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Macmillan, 1930 8vo., First Edition thus, endpapers very lightly browned; blue cloth, gilt back, a very good, bright, clean copy in unclipped dustwrapper, the latter lightly browned at extremities and with minor loss (not affecting lettering) at head and tail of backstrip. The first Thin Paper edition combining 'The Dynasts' and 'The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall' in a single volume. Issued as Volume II of 'The Poetical Works', it is nevertheless complete in itself ('Volume I' collects the author's several volumes of poetry). 'The Dynasts' was originally published in three parts (1903, 1906, 1908) and first collected in a single ('Complete') volume in 1910. 'Queen of Cornwall' (1923) was re-issued in a second and considerably revised edition in the following year. SCARCE IN THE DUSTWRAPPER. See Purdy, pp.134 and 230. (Book ref. 25030)
Heron Books, [1970] 17 vols., 8vo., with numerous illustrations in the text; original green [faux-morocco] cloth, a near fine set. COMPLETE SETS ARE SCARCE (Book ref. 25022)
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Macmillan, [1982] 8vo., green cloth, upper board with 'TH' monogram blocked in gilt, gilt back, green top, green endpapers, a very good, bright, clean copy in dustwrapper. The first collected edition for over three decades, Macmillan's New Wessex Edition was issued first in paperback from 1974) and hardback in 1975. (Book ref. 25007)
Macmillan, 1974[-1978] 14 vols., 8vo., green cloth, upper boards with 'TH' monogram blocked in gilt, gilt backs, green tops (variously faded), green endpapers, a very good, bright, clean set in dustwrapper. The New Wessex is the best modern collected edition of the novels, with each work introduced by a leading Hardy scholar. The set comprises: Desperate Remedies (CJP Beatty); Under the Greenwood Tree (Geoffrey Grigson); A Pair of Blue Eyes (Ronald Blythe); Far from the Madding Crowd (John Bayley); The Hand of Ethelberta (Robert Gittings); The Return of the Native (Derwent May); The Trumpet-Major (Barbara Hardy); A Laodicean (Barbara Hardy); Two on a Tower (FB Pinion); The Mayor of Casterbridge (Ian Gregor); The Woodlanders (David Lodge); Tess of the D'Urbervilles (PN Furbank); The Well-Beloved (J Hillis Miller); Jude the Obscure (Terry Eagleton). A nice set. COMPLETE SETS ARE SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION (Book ref. 25006)
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[Ken Tomkinson, Kidderminster, 1981] 8vo., with portrait frontispiece, title in red and black, and numerous plates and illustrations (a number full-page) in the text, neat contemporary inscription on front free endpaper; pictorial wrappers, a very good, clean copy. Much-needed facsimile reissue of the original edition of 1908, and now very scarce in its own right. (Book ref. 24711)
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Blackie, [c.1910] 8vo., with a coloured frontispiece; original blue pictorial cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in coloured and black, gilt back, a remarkably bright, clean copy. With 32pp publisher's catalogue at end. With prize bookplate on front paste-down. A bright copy of a scarce edition. (Book ref. 24655)
Faber, [1964-1974] 2 vols., roy. 8vo., with 2 coloured portrait frontispieces and 88 monochrome plates on 60; cloth, gilt backs, a very good, bright set in the dustwrappers, the latter lightly frayed and creased at extremities. COMPLETE SETS ARE SCARCE IN THIS CONDITION. (Book ref. 23575)
Hardy & Reckitt, [1937] 4to., First Edition, with a portrait frontispiece, very numerous illustrations throughout and pictorial rear endpapers; original cream cloth, upper board blocked and lettered in purple, covers lightly age-soiled else a very good, clean copy. This is one of the copies presented by the Mayor and Corporation of Bradford to the schoolchildren of the town. (Book ref. 14496)
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Frank Hollings, 1916 8vo., First Edition, with a fine portrait frontispiece in photogravure (original tissue guard present), title in red and black, and 2 facsimiles (one double-page; one full-page) on japon; original ribbed green cloth, upper board blocked with 'TH' medallion in gilt, gilt back, gilt top, a near fine copy. Issued in matching format to that of Osgood McIlvaine's The Wessex Novels. The first substantial bibliography of Hardy's works, partially but by no means wholly superseded by Purdy. Scarce, especially in this condition. (Book ref. 20586)