Publisher’s primary binding of volume I and secondary binding of volumes II and III all of red diagonal-fine-ribbed cloth, the only difference being back covers stamped in blind with double-rule (vol. I) or triple-rule (vols II & III) border. Front covers decoratively stamped in black with a three-panel design incorporating two vignettes, an encampment at top, a mill at bottom, and lettering in the center panel. Spines decoratively stamped in gilt and black with standard, sword, and bugle, and lettered in blind and gilt (with imprint at foot of spine: Smith, Elder & Co.). Yellow coated endpapers. Spines of all volumes a bit darkened. Cloth of all spines with some wrinking as well as to cloth of back board of volume one. A bit of soiling and rubbing to cloth. Some light shelfwear to spines. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown of each volume. Occasional thumb soiling along fore-edges. Volumes slightly skewed. Overall a good set housed in a quarter morocco drop-down clamshell and chemise.
The Trumpet-Major was published in an edition of 1,000 copies on 26 October 1880. Hardy himself drew the two vignettes for the front cover.
Purdy, pp. 31-35. Sadleir 1115. Webb, pp. 14-15. Wolff 2995a.
HBS # 65765 $7,500