With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex. (London:) James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1896). Original dark blue-green cloth with monogram device in gilt.
First Edition of Hardy's last great novel, issued as Vol. VIII of "The Wessex Novels." Titled HEARTS INSURGENT at the time of its serial appearance, the book was ahead of its time; the depiction of Jude and his cousin Sue settling down together and having two children (though unmarried) was too much for the 1890s public. After JUDE (and due in part to the outcry over it), Hardy was to spend his remaining 30+ years writing only verse.
This copy is in the earliest state, which is to say that the last pages of chapters are numbered in all of the gatherings "A" through "H"; thereafter in the book (as in all copies), all such pages are un-numbered. Many copies have some or all of the "A" through "H" pages un-numbered (like the rest of the book), presumably as later sheets were altered to make the book uniform from beginning to end.
This is a very good copy, with a repaired tear at the head of the spine and other minor wear at the corners. Purdy pp 86-91. Item #14845