The Peacock Edition of Austen's classic novel, with numerous fine engravings by Hugh Thomson and a preface written by George Saintsbury. With a facsimile of a handwritten dedication written and signed by Hugh Thomson to front.
First edition thus.
Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of manners, upbringing, morality, education, and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a country gentleman living near the fictional town of Meryton in Hertfordshire, near London.
Though the story is set at the turn of the 19th century, it retains a fascination for modern readers. It has become one of the most popular novels in English literature and receives considerable attention from literary scholars. To date, the book has sold some 20 million copies worldwide.
Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) was an English novelist whose works of romantic fiction, set among the landed gentry, earned her a place as one of the most widely read writers in English literature. Her realism and biting social commentary has gained her historical importance among scholars and critics.
In a beautifully illustrated cloth binding. Externally, smart but with slight wear to extremities, slight rubbing and the odd mark to boards. With very slight loss to cloth to rear joint and board. Internally, generally firmly bound. Generally bright and clean throughout with only the odd spot and mark, mostly marginally and to endpapers.
Overall: VERY GOOD