HARDY, THOMAS. 1840-1928. The Trumpet Major. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880.

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HARDY, THOMAS. 1840-1928.
The Trumpet Major. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880.

US$ 3,000 - 5,000
£ 2,400 - 4,000
HARDY, THOMAS. 1840-1928.
The Trumpet Major. London: Smith, Elder, & Co., 1880. 3 volumes. 8vo. Half-titles, initial blanks. Publisher's red cloth, front covers pictorially stamped in black, spines in black and gilt, lower covers with triple-rule in blind. custom cloth drop-back box. Spines lightly faded, minor rubbing to gilt.

FIRST EDITION IN BOOK FORM, SECONDARY BINDING, which Purdy notes is scarcer than the primary binding. 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." Purdy, pp 31-35; Sadleir 1115.

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