Mansfield Park. [Together with:] Emma.London: Simms and M'Intyre, 1851 & 1853 Stock Code: 145502
First Simms and McIntyre editions, two out of three Austen titles published in their Parlour Library series, "the first successful series of fiction reprints" (British Library collection, online).
Founded in 1847, "the sensational importance - in its courage, efficiency of handling, and success - of the Parlour Library as an innovation in cheap book publishing has hardly been realized. Its most remarkable feature was, perhaps, its sponsorship: for it originated in Ireland, with a firm of printers who had no experience of general publishing, and had no London money or support behind it. Its success was immediate and overwhelming. A London office was soon opened, and in 1853 the original promoters sold out to their London agent, Thomas Hodgson. By the time the Parlour Library, after further transfers of ownership, disappeared about 1863, nearly 300 titles had been issued" (Carter and Sadleir, eds., Victorian Fiction, pp. 12-13).
Mansfield Park was first published in 1814, and Emma was first published in 1816. The third title published in the Parlour Library series was Northanger Abbey in 1850.
2 works in 1 volume, octavo (157 x 98 mm). Contemporary green half calf by F.M. Jones, Liverpool (with their ticket to rear pastedown), titles in gilt to spine, raised bands elegantly gilt,compartments tooled in blind, marbled boards, patterned endpapers.
Ownership embossed stamp to blank prelim of first work; ink gift inscription dated 1853 to title of second work. Lightly scuffed, the binding otherwise firm, internally fresh and clean; a very good copy.
Sadleir II, 3755.
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