HARDY / PURDY, RICHARD & MILLGATE, MICHAEL (eds):
Title The Collected Letters of Thomas Hardy. Two Volumes. Volume One 1840-1892, and Volume Two 1893-1901.
Publisher Clarendon Press, Oxford 1978/80 1st editions
Seller ID 74735
Size 6.25 x 9.5 inches. In dark blue cloth covers with gilt to spine and blind embossed TH monogram on front. Both with glossy dustwrappers. In near fine condition with mostly near fine dust wrappers (dw; Not price clipped). Each volume has b/w photograph of one of Hardy’s letters, from the period covered by the volume, as frontispiece. Complete in 7 volumes, all 1st editions. Last volume also contains: Addenda, Corrigenda, and General Index. Includes signed card from M. Millgate. Near fine set in near fine dustwrappers. Nearly half of the last volume (vol. 7) is taken up with an exhaustive general index to the whole work. "Chiselling and chipping away at 7 volumes of Hardyan reticence, Richard Purdy and Michael Millgate are meticulously informative editors. So far from banalising or deadening Hardy’s impact, his letters, by their reserve, underline that sense of breaking in upon stifled emotions and private passions which gives his work its singular, lonely intensity"
HARDY, THOMAS Richard Little Purdy, Michael Millgate, The Collected Letters, Thomas Hardy, 1840 - 1901, 2 Vols, two literature, dorset, first edition, dustwrappers,