Description: 3 volumes, 8vo (191 x 122mm.), FIRST EDITION, half-titles, single leaf of advertisements at end of volume 1, publisher's dark green pebbled cloth blocked in black on front and blind on back (secondary binding), spines lettered in gilt, collector's dark green chemises and morocco-backed slipcase [with reference on spine to an autograph letter later removed], hinges of vol.1 split, spines bumped at head and foot
Condition Report: Condition is described in the main body of the cataloguing, when appropriate.
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS PRINTED IN THE SALE CATALOGUE."
Saleroom Notice: There is no leaf of advertisements at the end of volume 1. This is as recorded by Purdy for the pebbled cloth binding (see Purdy, Thomas Hardy. A Bibliographical Study, pp.54-55).
Literature: Purdy, pp. 54-55; see Sadleir 1120
Provenance: John Stuart Groves, green morocco book-label; David and Lulu Borowitz, bookplate; their sale, Sotheby's Parke Bernet, 15 November 1977, lot 120 [autograph letter originally tipped-in subsequently removed]
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