Rare First Edition of Jane Austen's Emma; bound in full morocco by Riviere and Sons and with the rare half-titles present
Emma: A Novel. By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice.”
Item Number: 95099
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.
After many publishing delays, Austen decided to self-finance the publication of Emma, paying printer John Murray a 10% commission and retaining the remaining profits. "Emma was the fourth and last novel which Jane Austen published in her lifetime. When it was written the author was at the height of her powers, and she wrote the book rapidly and surely, encouraged by the success of her previous novels to express herself with confidence in the way peculiarly her own" (Rosenbach 29:24). "Jane Austen's fourth novel has a profundity similar to that of Pride and Prejudice or Sense and Sensibility, only more elusive since Emma's character is far more subtle than Elizabeth or Marianne's… Austen's self-knowledge, her love of detail… [helped her] to create a proud, self-willed, self-guided, vexing and outrageous Emma and her greatest novel" (Honan, Jane Austen, 356-364). The novel has been adapted into several films, televised programs, and plays including the 1996 period film of the same name starring Gwyneth Paltrow, Alan Cumming, Toni Collette, Ewan McGregor, and Jeremy Northam.
Other Books by this Author
"IF I LOVED YOU LESS, I MIGHT BE ABLE TO TALK ABOUT IT MORE": Early Dent edition of the novels of Jane Austen with illustrations by William C. Cooke
London: J.M. Dent, 1892-93.
Dent editions of the collected novels of Jane Austen. Small octavos, 10 volumes, original cloth, gilt titles and tooling to the spine and front panel, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece with tissue guard to each volume. Edited by R. Brimley Johnson with illustrations by William C. Cooke and ornaments by F.C. Tilney. Dent’s ten volume set of Austen’s novels was the first to contain any critical commentary. In very good condition.
“A lady's imagination is very rapid; it jumps from admiration to love, from love to matrimony in a moment": Rare First Edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1813.
First editions of all three volumes of Jane Austen’s second novel and most popular. Octavo, three volumes, bound in full morocco by Zaehnsdorf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, black morocco spine labels, all edges gilt, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers. In near fine condition with all three half titles present, the half-title of Volume I bound in from an early printing, bookplate to the pastedown. Volume I with the imprint of Sidney on the verso of the half title and Roworth at the end of the text. Volumes II and III printed by Sidney with their imprints on both the versos of the half titles and at the end of the text of each volume. A superior example of this landmark work in English literature.
"If I loved you less, I might be able to talk about it more": THE COMPLETE WORKS OF JANE AUSTEN; Finely Bound
The Works of Jane Austen (Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma).
London: Robert Riviere & Sons, c. 1920.
The works of Jane Austen, all six novels of Austen, bound in five volumes. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, illustrated colored frontispieces, half-titles. Contains Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, Mansfield Park, and Emma. In near fine condition. A very nice set.
“A single person is missing for you, and the whole world is empty": First Edition of Joan Didion's The Year of Magical Thinking; Signed by Her
New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.
First edition of the account of the year following the death of the author’s husband. Octavo, original half cloth. Signed by Joan Didion on the title page. Fine in a fine dust jacket. Jacket design by Carol Devine Carson.
New York : McClure, Phillips & Co, 1904.
First edition of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ground breaking work and what she considered “her greatest work” (New York Times). Octavo, original cloth. Association copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, “To a friend of mine and of progress, Alva Adams, with good will of the author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, 1905.” The recipient Alva Adams served three terms as Governor of Colorado where he made significant progress for the labor movement and human rights by establishing the Bureau of Labor Statistics which forbade child labor, and passing a bill that ended public executions in Colorado. In very good condition. An exceptional association copy.
Doubleday, Page & Company: Garden City, NY, 1925.
First edition of the author’s classic work. Octavo, original cloth, pictorial endpapers. Signed by Anzia Yezierska on the limitation page. Very good in the rare original dust jacket with light rubbing and wear.
Firenze: G. Barbera, Editore, 1902-1903.
Mixed early editions of two biographies of Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni and Saint Francis of Assisi. Text in Italian. Two volumes, 12mo, bound in full period vellum, gilt titles and tooling to the spines, red spine labels, gilt ruled, top edges gilt, ribbons bound in. Frontispiece portrait of Michelangelo with tissue guard present. Bound by Rolandi. In near fine condition. A beautiful set.