Pride and Prejudice.
With a Preface by George Saintsbury and illustrations by Hugh Thomson.London: George Allen, 1894 Stock Code: 143075
First illustrated edition, large paper issue, one of 250 copies released in England; a further 25 copies were released in the US. Thomson's "light touch and feeling for period manners provide a charming and accessible gloss to the author's work" (ODNB). This was the first edition to feature illustrations accompanying the text; Bentley's 1833 edition and subsequent printings had featured only a frontispiece.
Loosely laid in is the publisher's publicity slip for the sale of Thomson's original drawings for this edition at the Fine Art Society.
Octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles to spine gilt, peacock feather with burgundy morocco onlaid piece in each compartment separated by raised bands, front board elaborately gilt-blocked with peacock design and burgundy morocco onlaid pieces, burgundy endpapers, decoration to turn-ins gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
101 illustrations by Hugh Thomson, including the frontispiece, all but two (title page and dedication leaf) printed on china paper and mounted.
A fine copy.
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