Mansfield Park


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AUSTEN, Jane. Mansfield Park. London: Richard Bentley, 1833. 12mo, contemporary three-quarter red pebbled morocco, later red morocco spine labels, raised bands, marbled boards, endpapers and edges.

Third edition of Austen's beloved third novel—the first one-volume edition, and the first illustrated edition, with engraved frontispiece illustration and engraved vignette title page, in contemporary morocco.

"The subject of Mansfield Park is education, or the discipline and training of the feelings… [It is] an intensely moving and intelligent comedy about modern England" (Honan, 338-48). Austen's novels "were published anonymously, though the authorship was an open secret to her friends. It was first made public in a short biographical notice prefixed to the two posthumous novels in 1818. Miss Austen's genius received little recognition during her life" (DNB). "No English reissue of Austen's novels is known after 1818 until in 1832 Richard Bentley decided to include them in his series of Standard Novels… Bentley's reprinting of the novels, each complete in one volume, was presumably intended for the private buyer; there is evidence that some circulating libraries were still well supplied with copies of the original editions" (Gilson, 211). First published in 1814, with a second edition in 1816. (An American edition appeared in 1832.) With two letterpress title pages, both dated 1833, one indicating that this volume was issued by Bentley to form part of a five-volume set of Austen's novels. Gilson D3; D7. Old bookseller label.

Interior generally clean; binding with some light rubbing and shelf-wear, but sound and quite attractive. Excellent and desirable in contemporary morocco.

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