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Pictured: Another first edition work in the sale is for Hardy's play 'The Famous Tragedy of the Queen of Cornwall in Tintagel by Lyonnesse' which contains an autograph note by him. <br />
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Fascinating letters by author Thomas Hardy that show how he kept far from the madding crowd at the King's coronation of 1911 have come to light.<br />
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The literary legend, who was regarded as an anti-establishment figure, often rented a house in London every summer to attend social events with his wife, Emma.<br />
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But in June 1911 he chose to visit the capital alone and stayed at his private members club to avoid the 'Coronation Circus'.<br />
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The author, famed for his 1874 work Far From the Madding Crowd, was referring to the coronation of King George V on June 22.