[The Novels.]

Austen (Jane)

[The Novels.]

Description: 5 vols., steel engraved frontispieces, all but one dated 1833 (the exception not dated) and additional title-pages, with half-titles, the plates in Pride and Prejudice, and Emma, slightly foxed, 8vo, contemporary polished calf by Riviere, double gilt fillets on sides with star ornaments at corners, spines richly gilt in compartments, contrasting lettering pieces (volumes not numbered), marbled edges, striking marbled endpapers, last compartment of 4 vols. a little darkened (but gilt intact), traces of humidity on boards near foot of spine, minor rubbing in places, engraved armorial bookplate in each vol. with a ducal crown, and monogram EN

Publication Details: Richard Bentley. 1856

Notes: An early and attractive set of the collected novels. There was no English re-issue of Austen's novels after 1818 until Bentley decided to include them in the first series of his Standard Novels (buying the copyright from Henry and Cassandra Austen, or, in the case of 'Pride and Prejudice,' from the publisher T. Egerton). They were not at first therefore a collected edition as such, but they soon became so, issued at regular intervals till 1866, when finally the date was changed on the engravings. 'While the majority of the binding of Riviere, like that of most binders of this period, is defic...more

Bibliography: (Gilson pp. 229-30, and see Gilson D6)

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Price: £4,500

Subject: Literature

Published Date: 1856

Stock Number: 65093

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