London: MacMillan and Co., 1887. First Edition. 2nd State. Very Good. Item #4
First edition of the novel the author would proclaim, near the end of his life, to be his favorite creation amongst his Wessex novels. Intended to follow Far From the Madding Crown, the woodland novel he began in 1874 did not see serial publication until 1884. The three-volume first edition followed in March published in a run of 1,000 copies. It’s estimated that 860 were bound in dark green buckram followed by a later secondary binding in dark green pebble grained cloth. This is a very good+ copy in the later binding with black endpapers and without advertisements. Light shelf wear is visible to spine and board edges. Some foxing to the first and last few pages of each volume, not affecting text. The front end paper of volume three has split revealing the binding (as can be seen in the photograph); however, it does not affect the security of the board. Not ex libris and without internal markings. A very good+ copy of this great novel.