JUDE THE OBSCURE. [London]: James R. Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., . Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v [vi] vii [viii] [1-2] 3-515  [517: map] [518-520: blank] [note: last leaf is a blank], inserted frontispiece with an etching by H. Macbeth-Raeburn and facing caption sheet, map of "The Wessex of the Novels" on page , original vertically ribbed navy cloth, front panel stamped in gold with author's monogram, spine panel stamped in gold, t.e.g., other edges untrimmed. First edition. A probable later state with no page numbers on the last page of each chapter in gatherings following "H." Volume eight of the eighteen-volume "Wessex Novels" edition published between 1895 and 1913, five of which were first editions as well. Hardy's last and best-selling novel with 20,000 copies sold within six weeks of publication. "The horrors of his own creation in this, the last of his stories, perhaps turned Hardy away from novel-writing to poetry" - OCEL, p. 422. Spine lean, a very good copy with bright cover stamping and clean interior. (#157748).
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