FALKNER, J. Meade. Moonfleet.

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From Thomas Hardy's library

FALKNER, J. Meade Moonfleet. Edward Arnold. 1898.

8vo. Original red cloth, lettered in gilt, shield design in black and silver to front; pp. 305 + [1] + [2] ads + 32 [publisher's catalogue]; slight sunning to spine, a little bumping to extremities and browning to endpapers, very good. Provenance: presentation copy given to Thomas Hardy, inscribed to title page probably by Hardy's sister who inscribed other books for her brother: "Thos. Hardy/ From the Author/ 1898". With pencil markings, very likely by Hardy, to pages 114 and 119.
First edition. A wonderful association copy of this classic adventure story - Falkner and Hardy were good friends and Dorset neighbours, and the latter had several of the former's books in his library.