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Lot 19

HARDY, THOMAS: TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES

London, James R. Osgood & McIlvaine, 1891

FIRST EDITION, FIRST IMPRESSION. One of 1000 copies. 3 vols. 8vo., original tan cloth with honeysuckle design by Charles Ricketts in gilt on upper cover, spine decoratively titled in gilt, in later blue cloth chemises and quarter blue morocco slipcase. Circulating library copy with remains of labels on upper covers, a little wear to cloth, some leaves of text slightly browned.

Estimate: £5,000 - £8,000
Hammer price: £4,600
Bidding ended. Lot has been sold.

Provenance: Frederick B. Adams, director of the Pierpont Morgan Library – sold in the sale of his library, Sotheby’s 7/11/01.

 

Reference: Purdy pp.67-78

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