With twenty-four coloured illustrations by C. E. Brock.London: J. M. Dent & Co.; New York, E. P. Dutton & Co., 1909 Stock Code: 142228
First revised Brock-illustrated edition, deluxe issue in the richly gilt vellum binding, the second overall, with new plates re-drawn from the first Brock-illustrated edition of 1898. Demonstrating his mastery in using ink and watercolour, Brock provided colour illustrations for all six Austen novels published by Dent between 1907 and 1909.
Charles Brock and his brother Henry had collaborated on Dent's 1898 edition of Austen's work; a decade later Charles alone was commissioned by Dent to produce fresh illustrations for their new edition of Austen as part of their "Series of English Idylls", for which he provided 144 watercolours. The colourful costumes and interior decor depicted in these illustrations are reputedly accurate to the Regency period, for Charles Brock and his brother Henry collected antique furniture and clothing so that their friends and relations could model for the artists in their Cambridge studio.
Brock was elected a member of the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour in 1908.
Octavo. Original full vellum, elaborately gilt to spine and front cover, pictorial endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Colour frontispiece and 22 plates.
Very light soiling to vellum, toning to endpapers; a very good copy without wear, light staining to terminal few leaves else contents clean.
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