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Pictued: In the same sale is another charming letter Hardy wrote to a friend he allowed to stay at his home, Max Gate in Dorchester, Dorset, while he was away.He gave his guest instructions about always locking the door to his beloved study, where he wrote Tess of the d'Urbervilles, Jude the Obscure and The Mayor of Casterbridge.
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.
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.
But in June 1911 he chose to visit the capital alone and stayed at his private members club to avoid the 'Coronation Circus'.
The author, famed for his 1874 work Far From the Madding Crowd, was referring to the coronation of King George V on June 22.