[in dust jacket] With Portrait and Title Page Engraved on Wood by William Nicholson. London, Liverpool and Boston: Philip Lee Warner, Publisher to the Medici Society, 1921. Original blue-grey paper-covered boards with natural linen spine with cover and spine labels, with dust jacket.
Riccardi Press Edition, being copy #663 of 1000 copies. Hardy and Macmillan first published this collection of 120 poems in 1916. They selected poems that the "General Reader" might like, from Hardy's five previous volumes of verse -- plus nine from his as-yet-unpublished MOMENTS OF VISION. "Hardy set great store by the volume..., hoping it would bring his poetry to a wider public" [Purdy]. Five years later The Medici Society published this volume, illustrated by William Nicholson and printed at The Riccardi Press.
This volume is in fine condition except for a bumped fore-corner; the two spare labels are still tipped in at the rear. Included is the uncommon dust jacket, which, outside of a little fading and a couple of droplet-marks, is in close-to-fine condition; at the top of the front flap there is a jacket-printing mishap, in that the corner of the flap was folded over when the flap was printed. The book is not scarce but the delicate jacket definitely is. Purdy p. 187. Item #14917