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AUSTEN, Jane.

Sense and Sensibility: A Novel.

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Published: London Richard Bentley, 1833 [but 1832]

Stock Code: 131576

£1,750
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Notes

First Bentley edition, the third edition overall (pre-dating the first American edition by a few months), and the first English edition to be illustrated. In 1832-3 Richard Bentley bought the copyright to all Austen's novels, which had not been reissued since 1818, to include them in his Standard Novels series, of which this is no. XXIII. The Bentley illustrations, by the obscure Ferdinand Pickering, played an integral part in the reception of Austen's novels; according to one Austen scholar, they "promoted a sense that her novels were best understood as familial, female focused, and sensational. For decades, these illustrations would have served to steer readers away from the conclusion that Austen's fiction ought to be understood as social, comic, or didactic" (Davoney Looser, The Making of Jane Austen, 2017, p. 20). Despite the date on the title page, the book was published on 28 December 1832.

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Description

Duodecimo (160 x 102 mm). Contemporary green quarter calf, spine gilt to compartments with twin red morocco labels, marbled sides and endpapers.

Illustrations

Engraved vignette title and frontispiece by William Greatbach after Ferdinand Pickering.

Condition

Contemporary bookplate of Miss. J. Greene of Clonliffe. Half-title and terminal blanks present. Light wear at extremities, slight stripping to calf, heavy staining to first 5 leaves. A very good copy.

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