Thomas Hardy The Hand of Ethelberta
(Sampson, Low, 1888)
RB. 23.a.15308 17.5x12 cm


Sampson, Low's yellowback series of Standard Novels, published between 1888 and 1893, included eight works by Thomas Hardy. The Hand of Ethelberta - a comic satire on fashionable London society - had been an unsatisfactory successor to Far From the Madding Crowd when it was first published in 1876. As Hardy wryly observed at the time, it was received with 'a general disappointment at the lack of sheep and shepherds'. These yellowbacks were reprinted throughout the 1890s, but by 1900 the first sixpenny paper-covered editions of Hardy's novels had begun to appear.