LOVELY EDITION OF JANE AUSTEN'S COLLECTED NOVELS AND LETTERS, FINELY BOUND
AUSTEN, Jane. Works. Boston: Little, Brown, 1902-03. Twelve volumes. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter red morocco gilt, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edges gilt. $4400.
Later edition of Austen's collected novels and selected letters, with a frontispiece illustration in each volume, "bound in England" in lovely contemporary morocco-gilt for renowned American bookseller Charles E. Lauriat.
"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). Includes Austen's novels (Emma, Persuasion, Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice among them) and letters, as well as a memoir of the author by her nephew, J.E. Austen Leigh. Also includes Lady Susan—Austen's short epistolary novel—and The Watsons—her unfinished novel. Neat early owner signature in each volume.
Fine condition, a lovely set.