Rare First Edition of Jane Austen's Emma; bound in full morocco by Riviere and Sons and with the rare half-titles present
London: John Murray, 1816.
First edition of the final novel published during Austen’s lifetime, with the rare half-titles present. Small octavo, 3 volumes, bound in full 20th century brown morocco by Riviere, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled, inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers. With the half-titles, publisher’s advertisements on the verso of the last page of Vol. III, dedication to the Prince Regent to Vol. I. From the library of C. E. Hay with his faint ownership signature to the half-titles; Eugene Grosman with his bookplate to the pastedown of Vol. I; and Steve and Peggy Fossett with their bookplate to each volume. In near fine condition with light toning. Exceptionally rare and desirable, particularly with the rare half-titles present which are most often lacking.