Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy
Published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1981
Limitation of 250 Copies
Signed Custom Leather Binding by the Harcourt Bindery
Binding Details: Signed custom binding by the Harcourt Bindery, Charlestown, Massachusetts bound in morocco leather over complimentary cloth covered boards with a raised band to the spine and gold gilt titles and ruling. There are single gold gilt lines to the boards, hand-sewn silk endbands, marbled endpapers, with the top page edges gold gilted. The Harcourt Bindery label appears on the bottom of the last free endpaper.
Book Details: Originally published by Macmillan in 1912 as part of the definitive Thomas Hardy collection called The Wessex Edition, this is the limited edition reprint of the 1912 edition published by Harcourt Brace Jovanovich in 1981 with a limitation of 250 copies. Loyal Books in their review wrote, “Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure, his fourteenth novel, was first published in 1895. The novel scandalized Victorian readers when it first came out due to its revolutionary ideas about sexuality, women's rights and the rise of the working class. Copies of the book were publicly burned in London and other cities. Thousands of people wrote to Hardy from all over the world, severely criticizing him/the novel which shocked him into abandoning fiction-writing till his death. He continued to publish poetry and drama and remained a successful writer. In 1912, a new edition was well-received by more modern readers and the book delights young and old even today. The universal themes of marriage, love, class-distinctions, education, women's rights, religion and human migrations from their native homes to cities are brilliantly explored in Jude the Obscure, making it a must read classic.”
Measures approximately 9” x 6” with 494 pages as well as a preface by Thomas Hardy and a table of contents. Please note that the pages are uncut as originally published in the 1912 edition.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition. Internally, the book is very clean with no signs of previous ownership. Overall, this is a beautiful binding that houses the definitive edition of Hardy’s classic novel.
A photograph of the binding appears in the photo section of the listing.