The Hand of Ethelberta, A Comedy in Chapters, by Thomas Hardy
One of Thomas Hardy’s titles which was first issued in monthly installments in the Cornhill Magazine from July 1875 to May 1876. The Hand of Ethelbertha is in two volumes. Eleven wood engraved font pieces and plates by George Du Maurier. One of 1000 copies in the first edition and a bright set.
Original publisher’s primary binding of red-brown cloth. Upper boards and spines blocked in gilt with elaborate borders in black. Lightly rubbed spine edges, shelfwear and slight worn corners. Ink signature of “George Wood” on the front paste down and top of half title in both volumes. Advertisement leaf at the end of each volume. Scattering of foxing throughout the volumes mostly on the page ends. Volume 1: Front hinge is split. Small embossed W.H. Smith stamp to the half title. Missing the tissue guard to frontpiece illustration. Water staining to the outer edges of some pages. Page 241 stained brown. Volume 2: Hinges a little frail. Loose tissue guard to frontpiece. Marked staining to inner margin of page 220/221. 8vo
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