The Novels of Jane Austen in Ten Volumes, Illustrated by C.E.Brock, Edited by Reginald Brimley Johnson, London, J M Dent & Co., 1898.                          £450

Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northhanger Abbey, Persuasion.

 

Small 8vo 10 Vol. (17.6 cm x 11.5cm) blue/green cloth decorated in blue with gilt lettering to front board and backstrip. Decorative end papers, t.e.g., original ribbon markers with some lacking. Profusely Illustrated with frontispieces and numerous colour plates by C.E. and H.M. Brock.

slight circular(possibly from a bowl) discoloration to rear board of Northhanger Abbey, slight bumping to front board of Pride and Prejudice Vol. 2. Bumped top and foot of backstrips.

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Portrait of Jane Austen    Frontispiece

 

Extract taken from book

 

"This is from a portrait of Jane Austen, said to have been painted when she was on a visit to Bath, at about the age of fifteen, by Johann Zoffany. The original is in the possession of the Rev. J. Morland Rice, Rector of Bramber, Sussex, and grandson of Miss Austen's second brother, Edward. It is here reproduced by the kind permission of Mr Rice, who tells me that it formerly belonged to Colonel Austen of Kippington, a descendant of the kind "Uncle Francis" Austen, who was Miss Austen's great-uncle, and the early friend of her father. He gave it to his friend, Mrs. Hardinge-Newman, a devoted admirer of the novelist, and her step son, Dr. Hardinage Newman, left it to Mr. Rice."

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