London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1880.
London: Smith, Elder, & Co. 1880.
First edition. Three volumes, octavo (7 1/2 x 5 in., 190 x 127 mm).
Publisher’s pictorial red cloth, stamped in black on front covers, blind-stamped (triple-ruled border) on back covers. Spines stamped in gilt and black. Spines very slightly sunned. Inner hinged of volume I starting, but firm. Two previous owner's bookplates on front pastedowns of each volume. Overall an about fine, bright copy house in a quarter morocco clamshell.
As Purdy explains, the Smith-Elder imprint of Spottiswoode & Co. The fine pictorial binding depicts two vignettes drawn by Hardy on the fronts, a millhouse in the bottom half and an encampment in the top and the spines have a sword crossed by a horn. This set with the triple-rule border in blind, is less common than those featuring a double-rule border.
Literature: Purdy, pp. 31-35; Sterling 427; Sadleir 1115