Heritage Press – The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (1964)

The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy (1964)
Sandglass Number Unknown
Artwork: Wood engravings by Agnes Miller Parker
Introduced by Frank Swinnerton
Reprint of LEC #353, 32nd Series, V. 3 in 1964

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Front Binding – Welcome to our third post on Thomas Hardy’s novels done up by the George Macy Company (The Return of the Native and Far from the Madding Crowd preceded this).  With my discussion on both Hardy and Agnes Miller Parker being well documented in those posts (and Parker elsewhere), we’ll just focus on the book.  I was not gifted a Sandglass with this book, but I do know who designed the later Jude the Obscure – John Dreyfus.  Odds are good that he designed this one as well based on A.G. Hoffman’s Native design from the ’40’s.


Title Page – Parker continues to wow with her work – I adore her woodcuts.  Anyway, Frank Swinnerton offers his thoughts for the introduction.

Page 3 – Parker did smaller chapter opener woodcuts on top of full-page ones.

Page 6 – Lovely stuff.

Page 42

Personal Notes – This copy was once mine, but it lacked a Sandglass and wasn’t in the greatest condition, so I sold it off.  Plan on reacquiring it in the future, though!

If you have a Sandglass or comparisons to the LEC original, please drop me a line here or through the comments at my thread about this blog at the George Macy Devotees @ LibraryThing!  I could use extra insights into this book.  Thanks!