Tess of The D'Urbervilles. A Pure Woman Faithfully Presented - Thomas Hardy 1895 - Osgood, London - First Single Volume Edition Finely bound early edition, and the first to contain a new additional preface by Thomas Hardy, as well as a frontispiece portrait of the author by H Macbeth-Raeburn

‘In Tess, Hardy presents a world in which the human spirit is battered down by the forces, not of fate, but of social hierarchy. Tess’s eventual death, one of the most famous in literature, is a direct result of human cruelty and as such represents one of the most moving indictments of the lives of nineteenth-century English women in all of literature’ – Alvin Birdy.
  First published as a three volume set by Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., in 1891.
References: Purdy 86-91. Listed in The Observer's All-Time 100 Best Novels [2003]. Encyclopaedia Britannica.

Octavo (binding size 20.8x15cm), pp. [4] xiv 519 [1].
  Elegantly bound in three quarter green oasis morocco over matching cloth, spine gilt-lettered in six compartments with raised bands, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.   Condition: Near fine, some toning to edges and one or two small marks to pages, in fine binding   Ref: 109705   Price: HK$ 5,500