The Hand of Ethelberta, Hardy 2 Vols Smith Elder 1876


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The Hand of Ethelberta, Hardy 2 Volumes First Edition

A Comedy In Chapters. First Edition of the successor to Far From the Madding Crowd. Like its predecessor, it was first serialized in the Cornhill (July 1875–May 1876), but wrongfooted those readers expecting another rural setting, being set mainly in the Dorset seaside resort of Swanage, where it was also written, its romantic elements subordinated to the central story (perhaps remotely suggested by Hardy’s having been waited on at table by Catherine Pole’s father) of how, at what cost, and with what ironic implications, a butler’s daughter, Ethelberta Petherwin, wins her way to social and financial power as the wife of the wealthy but dissolute Lord Mountclere. An attractive edition of Hardy’s second novel.

Signed in Pencil by Arthur Joseph Munby (August 19, 1828 – January 29, 1910) who was a Victorian British diarist, poet, barrister and solicitor. He is also known by his initials, A. J. Munby.


  • First Edition (Lacking Advertisements)
  • Publisher Smith, Elder, & Co., London; 1876
  • Half Leather Maroon Calf Over Marbled Boards, Spines Decorated In Gilt In Six Compartments With Black Leather Labels, 322, 318 pp
  • Frontispiece in each volume and 9 wood-engraved plates by George Du Maurier.
  • Size 210 x 140mm, 1.6kg

Condition: Good – Light Rubbing To Edges, Both Front Hinges Loose, Both Rear Hinges Sound, Signed in Pencil by Arthur Joseph Munby, Good Copy with Half Titles


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Weight 1.6 kg


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