THE CLARENDON AUSTEN, HANDSOMELY BOUND AND ILLUSTRATED
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1946. Five volumes. Octavo, modern full tan morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, red morocco spine label, top edge gilt. $4200.
Third edition, third and fourth printings, of the Clarendon Austen, illustrated with over 40 plates from contemporary sources, and with reproduction title pages from the first editions, handsomely bound.
Includes Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. This text of this edition is based on the collation of the early editions by R.W. Chapman; the Clarendon editions were the first to use "contemporary illustrations": "An undated memorandum in the Press's files states 'The publishers are bitterly opposed to any imaginative illustrations, and would cheerfully have no illustrations at all. But they would be in favour of a few objective illustrations" (Gilson E150). First issued in 1923 in a limited large-paper edition; this is the third edition, mixed third and fourth issues (Pride and Prejudice is a fourth issue; the rest are third). See Gilson E150.
A few spots of foxing to interiors, bindings lovely and fine. A near-fine to about-fine set.