Publisher: (Dorchester: Printed Privately by Hy. Ling Ltd, January 1928).
Edition: First edition, second issue.
Bibliographical References: See Purdy, pages 251-252 and 349, who does not record this issue.
Condition: Wrappers slightly creased at the edges and slightly soiled; very good copy. Rare.
Book ID: 27689
Description4to, original printed gray wrappers, stitched as issued, seven pages.
CommentsOne of over 15 works by Thomas Hardy privately published all in a similar pamphlet format by his wife, Florence Hardy. The earliest examples were printed at the Chiswick Press in 1916, and later ones by Henry Ling of Dorchester. Purdy describes these publications as having statements of limitation, signed or initialed by Mrs. Hardy on the colophon pages, but for "Christmas in the Elgin Room" there was also this second issue without the limitation or signature. The first issue states on the colophon page: “25 copies only printed for Mrs. Thomas Hardy . . . 24th December 1927. This is No. . . .” This second issue states on the colophon page “Printed Privately by Hy. Ling, Ltd, Dorchester, January, 1928.” OCLC records both issues, with ten locations for the first issue and one (Houghton) for this second issue. The poem "Christmas in the Elgin Room" was first written in 1905, rewritten in 1926 and first published in the Times in December 1927. It was the last work by Hardy published in his lifetime. He died on January 11, 1928 and soon after the printer Ling apparently printed extra copies from the standing type. The size of the edition is not recorded; nor is it recorded if Mrs. Hardy granted permission for it.