[Philadelphia]: Privately printed, 1929. Edition limited to 950 copies. Black and white frontispiece portrait, facsimile letters. Hardcover. Quarto. [viii], 39 pages. Fine in a very good jacket and box. Jacket has a couple of edge chips and short tears. Box has a few extremity rubs, with one corner joint split.
Why did Thomas Hardy, at the height of his career as a novelist, give up fiction and devote the last 30 years of his life to writing poetry? Famous book collector A. Edward Newton aims to shed light on this question through items in his collection and that of Paul Lemperley of Cleveland. Includes many Hardy letters reproduced here in facsimile.
Proceeds from the sale of this edition were dedicated to fund a suitable Hardy monument.
This is one of 950 copies in the edition, in unprinted translucent paper jacket, housed in its original box with ribbon lift. Paper title labels to book and box. Prospectus laid in.
Also included is a holograph letter from noted Philadelphia essayist and literary critique, Agnes Repplier, on her stationery. This note is addressed to Mrs. Newton--presumably wife of A. Edward Newton--and discusses a ride "out to Daylesford on the fourth."