HARDY, THOMAS. 1840-1928.
The Trumpet-Major. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880.
3 volumes. 8vo. Half-titles. Original red cloth, front covers pictorially stamped in black, spines in black and gilt, lower covers with double-rule in blind. Some foxing at ends, shaken, text block cracked in places, faint traces of library labels to upper covers, wear to extremities including short fraying at lower joint of vol 1.
FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, FIRST BINDING of all volumes, with double rather than triple rules on the lower cover and dots between "Smith" and "Elder" centered rather than on the base line. The Trumpet-Major first appeared in 12 monthly parts of Good Words for 1880. The cover features an encampment in the top panel and a mill on the lower panel and follows the author's own design. Hardy also specified the exact shade of red he wanted, a bright sanguine which accords well with the most drastic change that Hardy made to the book edition from the serial: the allusion to the future death of the trumpet major "upon one of the bloody battle-fields of Spain." The first edition comprised 1000 copies of which a number were remaindered. Purdy p 31ff; Sadleir 1115 (binding "A").