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. Housed in a custom half morocco clamshell box. 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
“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be": First illustrated edition of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park
London: Richard Bentley, 1837.
First edition published as one volume and first illustrated edition of Austen’s third published novel. Small octavo, bound in three quarters period leather over marbled boards, engraved frontispiece and title vignette. In very good condition.
"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.
"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.
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New York: The Viking Press, 1963.
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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.
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"A charming record of the personality of a vanished race and a vanished day"(Eudora Welty): First edition of Nabokov's memoir of his early life
New York: Harper & Brothers, 1951.
First edition of Vladimir Nabokov’s brilliantly written memoir of his youth. Octavo, original cloth. Near fine in a very good dust jacket with some chips to the crown and foot of the spine.