Tess of the D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
Octopus Books, 1986, hardcover with padded/cushioned covers, marbled end-papers and gold metallic fore-edges
Near Fine Condition, minor edge and shelf wear, pages age-toned toward edges
'When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future.'