One of 500 copies (the first impression of the previous year was 1000), with a few very minor corrections or changes to spelling and imprints.
When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D’Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her ‘cousin’ Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.
First edition in book form, second impression revised, 3 vol., 8vo., half-titles, with initial blank in vol. 3 and final blanks in vol. 2 & 3, very occasional spotting or soiling, mostly marginal, final leaf of vol. 1 browned, corner crease to p.64 and abrasion to margin of p.102 of vol. II, not affecting text, publisher’s decorated tan cloth, upper covers blocked in gilt with two vertical wavy lines of honeysuckle and gold discs designed by Charles Ricketts, spines rubbed and darkened, spine ends and corners lightly bumped, the upper board of vol. 1 with two small very faint stains and a small dent to the board edge, otherwise a very good copy preserved in russet morocco slip-cases with central gilt arms and pull-off tops, by Rivière & Son, spines faded, a little rubbed, a very handsome set.
Purdy p.74; Wolff 2993a; cf. Sadleir 1114, first impression.
Stock ID: 98195