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Pride and Prejudice

by Austen, Jane

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A wonderful combination of the classic Austen novel and Vera Willoughby's illustrations with their Art Deco and uniquely stylised elements. Her drawings, paintings and posters are held by the V&A, the British Museum and the London Transport Museum. In 1929 Willoughby was painting posters for London Underground, notably Spring and General Joy. Willoughby, a graduate of the Slade School of Art, also designed for the ballet with Cyril Beaumont under the pseudonym Vera Petrovna.

Willoughby had an earlier romantic relationship with publishing house founder Peter Davies. As he was 27 years her junior this upset some of his friends, including J M Barrie. Althea Willoughby, Vera's daughter with her husband Louis, followed in her mother's footsteps and became an artist, book illustrator and poster designer for London Transport.

Hardcover. 351 pages. Modern red morocco binding with gilt decoration to covers, 5 raised bands and title to spine. Minor spotting. First thus with 12 grey tone illustrations.

Synopsis

Pride and Prejudice is the second novel by English author Jane Austen, after  Sense and Sensibility.  First published on 28 January 1813, Austen sold the copyright for just £110.  Its manuscript was initially written between 1796 and 1797 in Steventon, Hampshire, where Austen lived in the rectory. Originally called First Impressions, it was never published under that title, and in following revisions it was retitled Pride and Prejudice. It was first published anonymously.  A novel of manners, set in the early 19th century, the story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters of a country gentleman. The five unmarried sisters are pressed to find a good wealthy match, and the very opinionated Elizabeth comes to odds with her proud beau Mr. Darcy. 

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Reviews

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.

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Bookseller's Inventory #
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Title
Pride and Prejudice
Author
Austen, Jane
Illustrator
Willoughby, Vera
Book Condition
Used - Very Good
Quantity Available
1
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Peter Davies
Place of Publication
London
Date Published
1929
Weight
0.00 lbs

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Raised Band(s)
Raised bands refer to the ridges that protrude slightly from the spine on leather bound books. The bands are created in the...
Morocco
Morocco is a style of leather book binding that is usually made with goatskin, as it is durable and easy to dye. (see also...
Spine
The outer portion of a book which covers the actual binding. The spine usually faces outward when a book is placed on a shelf....
Gilt
The decorative application of gold or gold coloring to a portion of a book on the spine, edges of the text block, or an inlay in...

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