Concluding with The Romantic Adventures of a Milkmaid. London: Macmillan and Co., 1913. 2 pp undated ads. Original dark green cloth with monogram device in gilt, with dust jacket.
First Edition of this collection of (quoting Hardy's prefatory note) "for what they may be worth, a dozen minor novels" that had previously appeared only in periodicals -- between 1881 and 1900, before Hardy had forsaken fiction for verse. This was issued as Volume XVIII of "The Wessex Novels," and constitutes Hardy's last major volume of prose.~This is a bright, just-about-fine copy (a faint water-mark in the lower margin of the frontispiece); included is the very scarce dust jacket, good-to-very good (some chips including the title's "CHA" lacking from the rear panel and spine, some tape reinforcement on the back-side). Purdy pp 151-157. Item #13315