JANE AUSTEN’S NOVELS, HANDSOMELY BOUND BY BUMPUS
AUSTEN, Jane. Novels. London: Macmillan, 1904-09. Five volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter green morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, uncut and partly unopened. $4500.
Later edition of Austen’s novels, and introductions by Austin Dobson and illustrations by Hugh Thompson and Charles Brock, handsomely bound by Hatchards.
"Generations of readers have marveled at the modernity of her work… She is the mother of the English 19th-century novel as Scott is the father of it" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 23). "The fact that [Austen] wrote comparatively little and that that little is almost always of the highest quality has resulted in the unique distinction which her reputation now enjoys, that she is the only author of her period whose works can be read, and are read, today with delight in their entirety" (Baugh et al., 1206). "The unconscious charm of the domestic atmosphere of the stories, and the delicate subsatirical humor which pervades them, have won her the admiration, even to fanaticism, of innumerable readers" (DNB). Contains Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. Austen's novels were originally published in 1811-18 and first published by Macmillan in 1895-97. Owner signatures.
Foxing to fore-edges only, spine evenly toned to brown. A lovely set.