"IT IS A TRUTH UNIVERSALLY ACKNOWLEDGED, THAT A SINGLE MAN IN POSSESSION OF A GOOD FORTUNE, MUST BE IN WANT OF A WIFE": 1833 FOURTH EDITION OF PRIDE AND PREJUDICE
AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. London: Richard Bentley, 1833. 12mo, period-style full tan calf, gilt decorated spine and boards, red morocco spine label, raised bands, marbled endpapers.
Fourth edition of Austen's most popular novel and the author's favorite of all her works, the first to list Austen as the author by name and the first illustrated edition, with engraved frontispiece illustration and engraved vignette title page.
"Elizabeth's own energy and defiance of character respond to Rousseau's and the popular notion of the pliant, submissive female… None of her novels delighted Jane Austen more than Pride and Prejudice… She had given a rare example of fiction as a highly intelligent form… This remains her most popular and widely translated novel" (Honan, 313-20). "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 1813, with a second edition within the same year, the third edition appeared in 1817. Gilson D7.
Text quite clean, beautifully bound.