Collecting

Thomas Hardy's

Poetry:

First & Early Editions

Thomas Hardy Insignia


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RECENT PRICES:(*)
Wessex Poems 1898 Published in an edition of 500 copies. There was also an American edition of 500 copies published in a different format. Both editions contained illustrations by the author. Wessex Poems $1,000.00, in standard binding
Poems of the Past & Present 1902 Published in an edition of 500 copies -- harder to find than Wessex Poems. An additional 500 quires were sent to New York for the American edition. Poems of the Past & Present $500.00, in standard binding and used condition
The Dynasts:

Part 1

1903 Part one of Hardy's epic trilogy of the Napoleanic War. Published in an edition of 1,000 copies. The Dynasts Volume 1 $3,000.00, a signed first edition, all three volumes.
The Dynasts:

Part 2

1906 Part two of Hardy's epic trilogy of the Napoleanic War. First published in a run of 1,508 copies. The Dynasts Volume 2  
The Dynasts:

Part 3

1908 Part three of Hardy's epic trilogy of the Napoleanic War. First published in a run of 1,500 copies. The Dynasts Volume 3  
Time's Laughingstock's 1909 Published in an edition of 2,000 copies. Time's Laughingstocks $300.00 for a first edition, used condition, no jacket.
Satires of Circumstance 1914 Difficult to find in any condition anymore. If found at all, usually has a faded spine due to low quality ink used during W.W.I. Originally published in a run of 2,000 copies. A corrected edition came out in early 1915. Satires of Circumstance $450.00 with dust-jacket.
Moments of Vision 1917 Slightly more common than Satires, but spine still suffers from similar ink problems. Originally published in a run of 3,000 copies. Moments of Vision $450.00, in dust-jacket, pages uncut.
Late Lyrics & Earlier 1922 More common. Originally published in a run of 3,250 copies. Late Lyrics $150.00, in dust-jacket, top uncut.
Human Shows 1925 Common -- difficult to find with intact dust-jacket. Originally published in a run of 5,000 copies. By December of that year there was a third impression, for a total of 7,000 copies. (Purdy, p. 248). Human Shows $75.00
Winter Words 1928 Hardy's last official book of poems, published posthumously. It was prepared under his supervision, and shelved most likely for publication on his 90th birthday. Fairly common. In America, there was a limited edition of 500 copies on large paper, as well as a "regular" first edition. The British 1st edition was made up of 5,000 copies. There was a second impression later the same month. Winter Words $125.00, with dust-jacket and pages uncut.

 


* NOTE ON PRICES LISTED: The prices listed reflect recent sale prices I have seen and noted from a variety of sources. Book-dealer catalogs, auctions, and online sales are the most common sources used. They are intended to reflect general trends in value for these volumes, not a definitive valuation. As with all collectibles, prices can fluctuate at a moment's notice. I will attempt to update these prices as I receive reliable information. Use them as general guide.

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