London. Macmillan & Co., 1888. The First Edition.One of only 750 copies,of which only 634 were bound. All required points present in this copy. Purdy- p.58; Sadleir-1119. 2 volumes, as issued. pp. [viii], 248; [viii], 212, [4, publisher's adverts.] 8vo. 5" x 7.5" Bound in original Publisher's Green cloth. Horizontal imprinted lines to front cover. Gilt tiled spines. Publisher's imprinted device to rear covers. Housed in Custom Slipcase with gilt titled Morocco label and further in custom chemise.
Hardy's first published collection of stories. This copy from the library of renowned Book collector,Natalie Blair and bears the morocco Blairhame label on front pastedown.
Both volumes are mildly cocked. Covers and Spines. present mild, rubbing and darkening. Several short and mild wrinkles to cloth of Front Cover Vol. 1. Foxing to prelims.Several edges trimmed short.Text clean and bright with firm, uncracked hinges. A Very Good Set.