AUSTEN, Jane.

A Memoir, by her Nephew J. E. Austen Leigh.

To which is added Lady Susan and fragments of two other unfinished tales by Miss Austen.

London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1871 Stock Code: 143218
£250.00

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Notes

First appearance in print of Jane Austen's Lady Susan and The Watsons, originally written circa 1794 and 1803 respectively, published from the family's manuscripts.

Austen-Lee's memoir of his aunt was first published in 1869, but without Jane Austen's unpublished stories, which were not published until the present, second edition of the memoir. The memoir would shape the image of Austen for well over a century, and, based on the recollections of her family members, is the single most important source for her life.

This copy is from the library of a relative of Ralph Vaughan Williams, with his inked ownership to initial blank: "Vaughan Williams / North Tidworth". This is likely Ralph's uncle, Edward Fraser Vaughan Williams, rector at Tidworth from 1869.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered in gilt, covers stamped in blind, brown endpapers.

Illustrations

With portrait frontispiece.

Condition

Later inked ownership signature to initial blank. Cloth soiled and rubbed, hinges repaired, adhesive and ruled paper remnants to gutter of initial blank, light foxing to contents, first prefatory leaf re-inserted. A sound copy.

Bibliography

Gilson M130.

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