“FOR WHAT DO WE LIVE, BUT TO MAKE SPORT FOR OUR NEIGHBORS, AND LAUGH AT THEM IN OUR TURN?”: RARE FIRST EDITION OF AUSTEN’S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE,ONE OF THE MOST SOUGHT-AFTER OF ALL ENGLISH NOVELS
AUSTEN, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of “Sense and Sensibility” London: T. Egerton, 1813. Three volumes. 12mo, contemporary tree calf, black morocco double spine labels. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
First edition of Jane Austen’s second and most popular novel, one of the most sought-after titles in English literature, an excellent copy, with all scarce half titles.
“The size of the edition is not known… perhaps 1500 copies… The first edition was sold off very rapidly and a second one was printed in the same year” (Keynes, 8). Volume I of the first edition was printed by Roworth and Volumes II and III by Sidney, and their imprints appear both on the versos of the half titles and at the end of the text of each volume. “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). With all of the scarce half titles, often discarded in the binding process. Keynes 3. Gilson A3. Grolier 100, English 100 69. Unobtrusive contemporary owner inscriptions, 1813, at heads of titles.
Expert paper repair to H4 and H5, expert joint repair. A beautiful copy of this classic of English literature. Rare and important.