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Pride and Prejudice by  George (Preface)  Jane; Saintsbury - First Thus - 1894 - from Temple Rare Books (SKU: 001383)

Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice

by Austen, Jane; Saintsbury, George (Preface)

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  • very good
  • hardcover
  • First
Very Good/No Jacket
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London: George Allen, 1894. xxvii, [1], 476pp, [2], recent full morocco, Cosway style binding, by Temple Bookbinders, raised bands, spine in six panels, blue leather title label to second panel with matching author / illustrator label to fourth panel, remaining panels with gilt volute lozenge centre piece and volute corner pieces, upper cover with a triple roll and line border, surrounding an on laid blue leather frame with mitred corners and small fleuron tools, which in turn surrounds a roll and two line frame, that borders a watercolour on vellum by Martin Frost, after an illustration from the book by Hugh Thomson. The lower cover replicates the upper but without the centre frame and watercolour. Single gilt line to edges, inner edges with gilt roll, t.e.g., remaining edges untrimmed, with patterned endpapers. Externally fine. Internally a hint of light browning to page edges, otherwise bright and clean. Full page frontispiece, with another one hundred illustrations and headpieces as China paper proofs, laid down. One of two hundred and fifty copies for England (with another twenty-five copies for America) of the handmade large paper edition of the famous 'Peacock' edition. The water colour on vellum by Martin Frost replicates the illustration by Thomson on page 117, titled "such very superior dancing is not often seen". Housed in a cloth, silk lined, drop back box, with title and author in gilt to spine, made by Temple Bookbinders. See Gilson E78. First Thus. Full Morocco. Very Good/No Jacket. Illus. by Thomson, Hugh. 4to. Limited Edition.


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On Jan 5 2016, a reader said:
this is my #1 favorite book of all the Jane Austen books. i love the way elizabeth and darcy talk to each other.
On Jun 5 2014, a reader said:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is listed by many as a universal Classic and, rightfully, frequents many “Must Read” lists.

Elizabeth Bennett lives in a small country estate. Daughter to a poor country gentleman who has four other daughters, her prospects of marriage are slim. That doesn’t bother Elizabeth, however. She is beautiful, smart, opinionated, strong-willed and in no hurry to find a husband. Her mother, who frequently embarrasses her and her older sister Jane by pushing them at any eligible bachelor, has other plans for her. While at a public ball, she is introduced to mild-mannered pleasant Mr. Bingley who is taken by Jane instantly. Also in attendance is Mr. Bingley’s best friend Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy is handsome and rich but gives the impression of distaste when introduced to Elizabeth. Throughout the story, they constantly misunderstand and miss-judge each other making many nearly grievous mistakes.

If you are anything like me, you will be just as frustrated with Elizabeth as she learns Mr. Darcy’s true character and how to let go of her objections to love and simply fall.

This is truly my all-time favorite book so far. I read it at least once a year, usually around Christmastime. Given that Austen’s writing describes this time-period so intricately, I can picture myself as Elizabeth Bennett every time I read it. And, just like Elizabeth Bennett, I fall in love with Mr. Darcy every time as well.


Temple Rare Books GB (GB)
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Pride and Prejudice
Austen, Jane; Saintsbury, George (Preface)
Thomson, Hugh
Book condition
Used - Very Good
Jacket condition
No Jacket
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First Thus
George Allen
Place of Publication
Date published
Noisbn, Cosway Style Binding, Fine Binding, Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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