New York: Harper & Brothers, 1892. First Edition. Hardcover. Second printing ("New and Revised Edition") of the first US edition, twelvemo size, 461 pp. Very good +. Item #21052406
Second printing of the first U.S. edition, which restores some of Hardy's text deleted from the first printing. "Tess" attracted criticism for its sympathetic portrayal of a "fallen woman" and was initially refused publication. Its subtitle, "A Pure Woman: Faithfully Presented", was intended to raise the eyebrows of the Victorian middle classes.
Thomas Hardy (1840-1928) is one of Britain's most influential Victorian novelists and poets; D. H. Lawrence wrote a study of Hardy, and he was the basis for the character of Edward Driffield in W. Somerset Maugham's "Cakes and Ale". He wrote of tragic characters struggling against their passions and social circumstances; and was nominated twice for the Nobel Prize in Literature (n.b., above information from Wiki.)
___DESCRIPTION: Binding designed by Margaret Armstrong (unsigned) of rust cloth with black shamrocks on front and spine, decoration on front and spine of a simple coat of arms containing a lion rampant in gilt surmounted by a castle in black, and with the title in gilt set within a ribbon outlined in black beneath, plain endpapers of laid paper, frontispiece a black-and-white illustration of Tess and D'Urberville, ten additional illustrations throughout the text; twelvemo size (7 7/16" by 5 3/8"), pagination: [i-vi], 1-455.
___CONDITION: Overall better than very good, the black and gilt on the binding bright, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, the interior is clean and bright, all illustrations present as called for, and entirely free of prior owner markings; the top corners very slightly bumped and all corners with a hint of rubbing, the head and tail of the spine gently bumped, and a few stray marks on the binding. Even with its few faults, still a copy which is about fine on the interior in a binding just shy of near fine.
___CITATION: Margaret Armstrong binding: Gullans 112.
___POSTAGE: International customers, please note that additional postage may apply, please contact seller for details.
___Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, ILAB and IOBA and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions you may have, we are here to help.