London: Sampson Low, Marston, Rivington and Searle. 1882. First Edition. 3 Volumes. 8vo. Attractively bound (circa 1920s) in full blue calf by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, with burgundy title labels and gilt decoration, combed marble endpapers, top edge gilt. The original cloth covers are bound in at the rear and all half-titles are present. A clean and exceptionally handsome set. Tipped into the prelims of volume I is a short ALS from Hardy on Athenaeum notepaper. Housed in a tailor made triple compartment marbled slipcase. 'Two on a Tower' is a a romance story set in the world of Astronomy and was classified by the author as a fantasy. It represents the author's fullest expression of his fascination with science. Item #40423
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