Item #15152 JUDE THE OBSCURE. Thomas Hardy.

JUDE THE OBSCURE.

With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex. (London:) James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., (1896). Bound in early very dark green morocco with gilt-paneled spine, with marbled boards.

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.

In this copy, in gatherings "A" through "H", only "C" has the last pages of a chapter un-numbered (like the gatherings after "H" in all copies). Some copies have all such "A" through "H" pages numbered (probable first state), some copies have "A" through "H" un-numbered (probable second state), and many copies have some but not all un-numbered (intermediate states) -- presumably as later sheets were altered to make the book uniform from beginning to end.

This copy is in an early binding of three-quarter very dark green morocco with marbled boards, and is near-fine in appearance but does have a circulating library ink-stamp on two leaves, plus three instances of soil at the bottom of leaves. Purdy pp 86-91. Item #15152

Price: $150.00

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