A Sketch of a Temperament. With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex. (London:) James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1897). Original dark blue-green cloth with monogram in gilt.
First Edition, issued as Vol XVII in Hardy's "The Wessex Novels." Although this was Hardy's last novel to be published, it was not the last written -- in fact it had appeared serially in 1892. However, Hardy was very dissatisfied with it and laid it aside for four years, during which time JUDE THE OBSCURE was written and published. He then returned to THE WELL-BELOVED and revised it for book publication; for the remaining thirty years of his life, stung by the reaction to his later novels, he wrote only poetry.~This is a very good copy (endpapers cracked, bookplate scraped from front paste-down). Purdy pp 92-96. Provenance: the front free endpaper bears the penciled signature of the bibliographer of Victorian literature, Walter E. Smith. Item #13803