6 vols. in 8vo., publisher’s pale green buckram with gilt titling to spine, pp. , 322; , 332; , 413; , 419; , 429; x, 364; gilt top edges, with steel-engraved frontispieces depicting scenes from the novels in 5 of the volumes and, in the Memoir, a frontispiece portrait of the author and a facsimile of one of her letters. The scenes were engraved by William Greatbatch after paintings by George Pickering, and commissioned especially by the publisher. The portrait is after a painting by Cassandra Austen. Richard Bentley bought the rights to Austen’s novels in 1830. Published in 1882, these volumes are contemporary with the deluxe Steventon edition, published by Bentley the same year, the first collected edition of Austen’s novels. Bindings marked and fraying at extremities, some spines slightly cocked, spines faded, minimal foxing mainly affecting edges and some of the title pages, recent ownership inscription on front endpaper and pinkish dot on front board of Mansfield Park; otherwise very good, the pages mostly clean, tissue guards present.
Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejudice; Mansfield Park; Emma; Northanger Abbey. Persuasion; A Memoir of Jane Austen by J. E. Austen Leigh and Lady Susan. [6 vols.]
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