Jude the Obscure, the Wessex Novels Vol VIII by Thomas Hardy
A good to v good first edition copy of this classic novel, Jude the Obscure. With an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn at the front of the book plus a map of Wessex of The Novels at the rear of the book. The first edition in which the whole book was published as originally written.
Original green ribbed cloth boards with gilt TH emblem blocked to the front board. The spine has gilt title with some rubbing to the edges and ends. The corners of the book are bumped and worn. The rear cover has a tiny tear in the cloth. Light scratching of the covers. The top edge is gilt with other edges uncut. Signature dated 1895 on the front free page with small booksellers stamp on the paste down. Front hinge is weak and the book holds together well. The contents are lightly foxed in places. but overall a clean copy. Tissue guard is browned and half loose. 8vo 516 printed pages
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