The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy
First edition of The Return of the Native in book form. First issue without quotation mark after “A pair of blue eyes” on title of volume 1. One of only 1000 copies, without map frontpiece by Thomas Hardy in volume 1. All with original brown cloth blocked in black on the front board. With Purdy’s primary binding with 2-rule border in blind on the lower cover for vol. 2 & 3, and vol. 1 in scarcer secondary binding with 3-rule border. Rubbed and worn boards and gilt lettering with occasional light creasing and soiling to the corners of the boards. With half titles and without initial blank page on all volumes. End papers of volume 1 replaced by white papers. Others with cream end papers. Contents are clean. 8vo. Vol 1: Vol 2: 303 pp. 297 pp with advertisement leaf at the end of volume 2. Vol 3: 320pp [Purdy p.24]
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