Pride and Prejudice: A Novel. In Three Volumes by the Author of “Sense and Sensibility.”

“A LADY'S IMAGINATION IS VERY RAPID; IT JUMPS FROM ADMIRATION TO LOVE, FROM LOVE TO MATRIMONY IN A MOMENT": RARE SECOND EDITION OF JANE AUSTEN'S PRIDE AND PREJUDICE

Pride and Prejudice: A Novel. In Three Volumes by the Author of “Sense and Sensibility.”

AUSTEN, Jane.

$42,500.00

Item Number: 127019

London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1813.

Rare second editions of all three volumes of Jane Austen’s masterpiece, published only months after the first edition. Octavo, three volumes bound in full mottled calf by Bartlett and Co. of Boston with morocco spine labels lettered in gilt, gilt titles and tooling to the spine in six compartments within raised gilt bands, double gilt ruling to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins and inner dentelles, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, half-titles present. Titles supplied from a first edition copy. In near fine condition with light rubbing to the extremities.  The text for this edition was re-set, with some variations within the page and to spelling and punctuation, but without corrections by Austen. Gilson A4. A highly desirable example of this landmark work in English literature.

Pride and Prejudice was written between October 1796 and August 1797 when Jane Austen was not yet twenty-one. After an early rejection by the publisher Cadell, who had not even read it, Austen's novel was finally bought by Egerton in 1812 for £110. It was published in late January 1813 in a small edition of approximately 1500 copies and sold for 18 shillings in boards. 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 In a letter to her sister Cassandra on 29 January 1813, Austen writes of receiving her copy of the newly publishing novel (her "own darling child"), and while acknowledging its few errors, she expresses her feelings toward its heroine as such: "I must confess that I think her as delightful a creature as ever appeared in print, & how I shall be able to tolerate those who do not like her at least, I do not know." Gilson A3; Grolier English 69; Keynes 3; Sadleir 62b.

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