THREE NOTABLE STORIES. Love and Peril. To Be, Or Not To Be. The Melancholy Hussar. Respectively by the Marquis of Lorne, Mrs. Alexander, Thomas Hardy

Price: 550.00 USD

(London: Spencer Blackett, 1890), THE FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM OF THOMAS HARDY'S SHORT STORY WHICH WOULD LATER APPEAR IN "LIFE'S LITTLE IRONIES." It is also the first edition of the works by John Campbell and Annie Hector Alexander. 'The Melancholy Hussar' first appeared in the Bristol Times, but this is the first appearance in book form. It is an uncommon item for the Hardy collector to acquire. First edition, and being the first of Hardy's short story "The Melancholy Hussar of The German Legion". 8vo, bound in contemporary three-quarter blue morocco and marbled boards, gilt lettered in two compartments of spine, wide gilt decorated raised bands, t.e.g. Now housed in a fine custom clamshell box backed in blue morocco and gilt lettered. 211pp. The textblock in fine state being clean and uncommonly fresh, solid and free of spotting or toning completely, the antique binding a bit rubbed at the joints but still firm and sound, at the lower spine tip there is a roughly three-quarter in chip to the leather.

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