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AUSTEN, Jane.

The Novels....

The Text based on Collation of the Early Editions by R. W. Chapman. With Notes Indexes and Illustrations From Contemporary Sources.

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Published: Oxford at the Clarendon Press, 1923

Stock Code: 132331

£2,500
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Notes

First Clarendon edition, large paper edition, limited to 1,000 sets, of which 950 were for sale, presentation copy (and therefore presumably one of the 50 copies not for sale), inscribed by the editor in the first volume to his youngest son, "Michael Edward Chapman, from his father, the editor".
Jane Austen's novels had remained in print throughout the 19th century, but it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) that constituted the first modern edition. He had planned it as early as 1912 with his wife, Katharine Marion Metcalfe, and completed it, with her assistance, in five volumes in 1923. "This edition was judiciously annotated and accompanied by numerous appendixes of great importance" (ODNB). Chapman's edition firmly established Austen's novels in the otherwise completely male canon of English literature.

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Description

5 volumes, octavo. Original pale blue quarter cloth backing marbled boards, paper spine labels, untrimmed edges. With the printed dust jackets.

Illustrations

Colour frontispieces, black and white illustrations in the text.

Condition

Rubbed in places, occasional very light foxing or toning internally, very good copies in the jackets with minor toning, small chips, and closed tears, that of vol. 3 a little more rubbed and marked, and vol. 5 with loss and longer tears that have been repaired with tape, with consequent tape marks, subsequently professionally conserved and presents reasonably well; overall an attractive set of this important scholarly edition.

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