The First American EditionThomas Hardy. Far From the Madding Crowd. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1874.
First American edition, published as part of the Leisure Hours Series. Sixteenmo. 474 pages. Advertisements at endpapers dated December 1, 1874.
Publisher's tan cloth printed in black. Moderate shelf wear. Scattered minor soiling to cloth. Spine somewhat darkened. Previous owner's signature on front pastedown and front flyleaf. A very good copy.
Far From the Madding Crowd was Hardy's fourth novel, and drew favorable comparisons to the novels of George Eliot upon publication. Some even suspected Eliot had written it.
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