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About this Item: Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1923-32, 1923. 5 volumes, octavo (215 x 135 mm). Finely bound by Roger de Coverly in dark blue half morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, blue cloth boards, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. An excellent set. Colour frontispieces, black and white illustrations in the text. First Clarendon edition, large paper edition, limited to 1,000 sets, of which 950 were for sale. Jane Austen's novels had remained in print throughout the 19th century, but it was the scholarly work of Robert William Chapman (1881-1960) that constituted the first modern edition. He had planned it as early as 1912 with his wife, Katharine Marion Metcalfe, and completed it, with her assistance, in five volumes in 1923. "This edition was judiciously annotated and accompanied by numerous appendixes of great importance" (ODNB). Chapman's edition firmly established Austen's novels in the otherwise completely male canon of English literature. Seller Inventory # 76737

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