"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
The Novels of Jane Austen.
Item Number: 96845
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.
English novelist Jane Austen became known for her six novels which provided sharp critiques of the British landed gentry at the end of the 18th century. Her plots often explored the dependence of women on marriage in the pursuit of favourable social standing and economic security. "Generations of readers have marveled at the modernity of [Austen's] work. She is the mother of the English 19th-century novel as Scott is the father of it" (Kunitz & Haycraft, 23).