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AUSTEN, Jane.

The Novels.

[Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey; Persuasion.] The text based on collation of the early editions by R. W. Chapman. With notes indexes and illustrations from contemporary sources. Third edition.

Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1933 Stock Code: 147315
£2,250.00
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A handsome set

Third Clarendon edition of Austen's collected novels, attractively bound; all first impressions except for Pride and Prejudice, which is the third impression of the second edition. Though Austen's novels remained in print throughout the 19th century, it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) that produced the first modern edition, in 1923; he revised his work in 1925 and 1933.

Chapman had planned to edit Austen's novels as early as 1912 with Katharine Marion Metcalfe, and completed it, with her assistance, in 1923. His editions were "judiciously annotated and accompanied by numerous appendixes of great importance" (ODNB), and they firmly established Austen's novels within the otherwise male canon of English literature.

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Description

5 works, octavo (195 x 132 mm). Contemporary red half calf by Bumpus, red cloth sides, raised bands, spines lettered in gilt, compartments and covers ruled in gilt, edges gilt.

Illustrations

Frontispiece to each volume and 42 plates.

Condition

A very good set indeed, attractively bound, lightly rubbed and bumped at extremities, front inner hinges cracked or partially cracked but firm, edges of endpapers somewhat browned, contents otherwise clean and crisp.

Bibliography

Gilson E150.

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