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Pride and Prejudice, A Novel by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, A Novel by Jane Austen by AUSTEN, Jane (1856)

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Author: AUSTEN, Jane
Title: Pride and Prejudice, A Novel by Jane Austen
Year: 1856
Publisher: Richard Bentley
Place: London
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Signed: No
Price: £400
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Richard Bentley's 1856 edition of Jane Austen's best loved novel, bound in Westley's original purple bead-grain cloth, decorated in blind and gilt. The spine has been relaid with reinforcement along the gutter of the inner hinge to the front cover and there are new endpapers at the end of the book. The gilt lettering on the spine describes this as Volume I of 'The Works of Miss Austen' although Gilson's bibliography of Austen states that it was issued as volume 5. The 1833 engraved frontispiece with tissue guard and title page precede the printed title page as called for. Ownership inscription of 'Caroline E. Carew Smyth 52 Lower Baggot Street' (Dublin) appears on the half-title, presumably London-born Caroline Knox who married the Rev. Edward Carew Smyth of Eniskillen in 1809. Overall a very good copy. Jane Austen's masterpiece was first published in 1813 and this edition has particular significance as the first illustrated edition. As George Saintsbury writes of this novel: 'It seems to me the most perfect, characteristic, the most eminently quintessential of its author's works'. Gilson D7, 1856.
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