A Novel. With an Etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and a Map of Wessex. (London and New York: Harper & Brothers, 1898.) Original dark green cloth with monogram device in gilt.
"Wessex Novels" edition, American issue. DESPERATE REMEDIES was Hardy's first novel, first published in 1871 in three volumes; here it is Vol XII of the Wessex Novels. Osgood McIlvaine of London published this first uniform edition of Hardy's works, volume-by-volume during the period 1895-96 -- an important edition, because the text of every novel was thoroughly revised by Hardy. Sheets of this Osgood McIlvaine edition were issued in America by Harper, as here, with their own title leaf. This is a near-fine copy with very little wear. See Purdy pp 279-282. Item #7744