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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Condition: Good


London: George Allen, 1894. Hardcover. Good. Hugh Thomson. First edition of the famed 'Peacock Edition' of Austen's novel. Features numerous b/w illustrations, decorated initials and devices by Hugh Thomson, who also designed the elaborate and iconic Peacock on Sundial cover done in gilt on green cloth. The scheme for this edition follows that of Macmillan's 'Cranford series', of which Thomson designed the inaugural volume in 1891. The appearance of these deluxe volumes, frequently at christmas, became minor publishing events and none was to prove as popular and enduring as the Peacock edition. Complete with a preface by George Saintsbury. All edges gilt. Tissue guarded frontispiece. Small 8vo. (185x140mm) [xxvii] 476pp. Repairs/discreet rebacking to top and tail of spine allowing binding to have strengthened, thus volume is tight and square. Instance of light spotting to title page/tissue guard. Mild offsetting/toning due to tissue guard. Very occasional light marking within but overall a particularly clean and prim example. Good/very good.


Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen. First published on 28 January 1813, it was her second published novel. 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.


  • Bookseller: AJ Scruffles GB (GB)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 003609
  • Title: Pride and Prejudice
  • Author: Jane Austen
  • Illustrator:Hugh Thomson
  • Format/binding:Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Good
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: George Allen
  • Place: London
  • Date published: 1894
  • Keywords: attractive_bindings, illustrated, darcy, elizabeth bennett, lizzie, mr darcy, colin firth,


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On Jan 5 2016, 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, 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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