of Popular Literature, Science, and Art. Fourth Series | No. 64. [London & Edinburgh:] William and Robert Chambers, March 18, 1865. Original self-wrappers, lightly bound into a later medium-brown printed folder.
First Appearance of Thomas Hardy's first published piece of work, appearing anonymously. The three-page sketch is a rather amusing account of the problems endured by a young couple dealing with architects, builders and movers in building a new home -- remarkably similar to such problems today. At the time Hardy was working in an architect's office, and wrote this article for the amusement of some students in the office (though Chambers did pay him for the article).
This is the original 16-page weekly, with Hardy's sketch leading off; the weekly was self-wrappered, which is to say there was no printed wrapper, just the decorative heading occupying the top third of the first page. Its condition is near-fine (minor damage at the spine where the weekly is lightly bound into this later printed folder). Purdy pp 293-4. Provenance: the folder bears the bookplate of renowned bibliophile B. George Ulizio (1889-1969) of Pine Valley NJ, whose initial library was sold at Anderson Galleries in 1931 and whose subsequent collection of 1500+ titles went to Kent State University; this folder was probably created by him. Item #13601