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AUSTEN, Jane]

Published by Printed for T. Egerton (1813)

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Item Description: Printed for T. Egerton, 1813. First edition. 12mo. Three volumes, bound in contemporary brown speckled calf. Green morocco title labels and gilt rules to the spine. "Charleton" embossed in gilt to upper board of each volume. Half titles present in each volume. A tall copy with each volume neatly rebacked, retaining most of the original spines with repairs to the joints and corners. Internally clean with occasional minor marks or foxing and a couple of marginal closed tears to leaves in volume III. Bookplate to the verso of each front endpaper. A very good example of of Austen's most popular novel, now rarely encountered in a contemporary binding. The author's second and most famous novel, which has become one of the most prominent literary works to come from the nineteenth century. The first draft of the novel was written under the working title of 'First Impressions' in 1796. In 1797 Jane Austen's father wrote to the publisher Cadell to ask if he would publish the novel. The offer was rejected by return of post. In 1800 The Minerva Press published a novel by Margaret Holford entitled First Impressions, which probably led to Austen changing the title of the work. In the following years, Pride and Prejudice was heavily rewritten and the copyright eventually sold to Egerton in 1812. There is no record of the number of copies of the first edition, but Keynes suggests 1500 as the probable print run. The book was well received and the first edition sold out within the year and one contemporary reader wrote, "I have finished the Novel called Pride and Prejudice, which I think is a very superior work. I really think it is the most probable fiction I have ever read." The association with Susan Carnegie is intriguing. Born in Edinburgh, she lived at Charleton from her marriage to George Carnegie in 1769 until her death in 1821. She was one of the most prominent early feminists who ". learned to challenge the idea that women were intellectually less able than men, choosing instead to explain discrepancies in terms of women's educational opportunities and their general treatment in a patriarchal society. Certainly in her correspondence Susan was fearless in drawing attention to a lack of respect or of rudeness on the part of male writers." (Oxford DNB) As a rule Regency binders removed the half titles so copies in contemporary bindings retaining them are rare; the copies in such prominent collections as Sir Geoffrey Keynes's and R.W.Chapman's all had no half titles, nor do the Bodleian or Cambridge University library copies. Gilson A3; Keynes 8; Sadleir 62b. Bookseller Inventory # 32494

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Austen, Jane

Published by T. Egerton, London (1813)

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From: Temple Rare Books (Oxford, United Kingdom)

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Item Description: T. Egerton, London, 1813. Half Calf and Boards. Book Condition: Good. First Edition. Three volumes complete - Volume One - [2], 307pp, [1]; Volume Two - [2], 239pp, [1] and Volume Three - [2], 323pp, [1]. Contemporary half-calf and marbled paper over boards, smooth back divided into five panels, contrasting title and volume label to panels two and four respectively, remaining panels with central device made up of small fleuron tools in blind, all edges marbled. Rubbed, corners slightly bumped. Internally text is lightly browned throughout, occasionally heavier, some foxing, occasionally heavy, especially to first few gatherings of volume three, some light damp staining. Volume three lacks the bottom end band and the headband has been reinforced. Several small nicks and tears, in volume one there is a small hole to bottom margin of C5 and E12 and a small tear to top margin of G5; in volume two B11 is chipped to bottom and fore-edges, K6 is split to bottom corner; in volume three C12 is chipped to the fore-edge with some loss, D10 is chipped to the fore-edge with small amount of loss, a paper flaw to H2 with some chipping to bottom and fore-edges with small amount of loss and O3 has a small hole to top margin. Lacks the half-titles as usual. Previous owners' name to head of title's (Ralph Creyke - a Liberal MP). Now housed in a morocco backed drop back box made by Temple Bookbinders. The first edition of one of the most beloved of all English novels, with one of the most memorable opening paragraphs and a couple of the most famous characters in English literature, in an attractive contemporary binding. Gilson A3; Sadleir 62b Size: 12mo. Bookseller Inventory # 001274

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