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[AUSTEN, Jane.]

Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion.

By the author of "Pride and Prejudice," "Mansfield Park," &c. With a biographical notice of the author.

London, John Murray, 1818 Stock Code: 126016
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First edition of Jane Austen's final published work, with an excellent provenance showing early readership of Austen on the continent. This publication pairs her last completed novel with the light-spirited satire that was probably the first full-length novel she wrote. Her brother Henry's biographical notice, dated 13 December 1817, is the first acknowledgement in print of Jane Austen as the author of her six novels.
The title pages have the early ownership inscriptions of the Polish countess Calista Rzewuski (1810-1842), who in 1840 married the great Dante scholar Michaelangelo Caetani (1804-1882); she died at Castel Gandolfo, Rome. Their son, Onorato, was Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Italy; their daughter Ersilia was an archaeologist and the first woman who was admitted to the oldest scientific academy, the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

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4 volumes, duodecimo (169 x 107 mm). Contemporary continental half sheep, red lettering pieces and white numbering pieces lettered in black, marbled sides, pale blue-green endpapers. Housed in a burgundy quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.


With half-title in vol. I only, the others discarded by the contemporary binder, as often.


Spines worn at ends with neat repair at foot of vol. I, tips worn, contents lightly browned throughout, early reinforcement with blue paper in gutter at two places (vols. I and IV, between quires B and C), marginal waterstaining at head of prelims in vol. I and at upper outer corner of first few leaves of vols. II and IV, a few stains, strongest at vol. IV, D2v-D3r, and fainter to the leaves either side. Overall, a good copy in a contemporary binding, no doubt continental, the labels somewhat eccentrically lettered.


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