A Comedy in Chapters. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1876. Endpaper ads dated May 9, 1876. Original cream cloth decorated in black.
First American Edition, issued as a volume in Henry Holt's "Leisure Hour Series." This was Hardy's fifth novel -- following FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD and preceding THE RETURN OF THE NATIVE -- and his fifth to be published in America (all by Holt).~This copy has endpaper ads dated May 9, 1876, which was the month of publication -- a month after the two-volume London edition. It is in the primary binding (cream rather than mustard yellow cloth). It is in very good condition (minor soiling on the covers, very slight wear at the spine ends). These earlier Leisure Hour books (the un-numbered ones) are quite scarce in nice condition, as the cream binding is considerably more fragile than the later mustard yellow one. Purdy p. 23. Item #12580