Emma

by Austen, Jane

Emma is a novel by Jane Austen, published in 1815. The story follows the life of Emma Woodhouse, a wealthy and beautiful young woman who lives in the English countryside. Emma fancies herself as a matchmaker and sets out to find a suitable husband for her friend Harriet Smith. However, her attempts to play cupid lead to several misadventures, including a love triangle involving her own romantic interests. As the story unfolds, Emma learns important lessons about humility, love, and the consequences of meddling in the lives of others. The novel is a satire of the English upper class and is widely considered a classic of English literature.

First Edition Identification

Emma was first published in 1816 in three volumes. It was Austen’s fourth published novel, and the last to be published during her lifetime. Emma's first edition was published by John Murray. The cover consists of leather spines and a marbled paper pattern front. The title page stated that the work was ‘By the Author of “Pride & Prejudice” &c. &c.’, and it also included a dedication to the Prince Regent.

Other Collectible or Notable Editions

There are several collectible copies of Emma by Jane Austen in fine bindings. In 1898 Macmillan and Co. published a beautifully bound copy in Angus A. Turbayne's decorative binding, with Hugh Thomson's iconic peacock design in yellow. Another edition illustrated by Hugh Thomson appeared in London in 1902 (Macmillan and Co.). Thomson's illustrations for Austen's writings are very highly regarded.

In 1898 another illustrated edition of Emma was published (George Allen; London). The artist was Christine "Chris" Hammond (1860-1900), a prominent female illustrator best known for her book illustrations of Austen, Elizabeth Gaskell, and George Eliot. Of Austen's works, Hammond illustrated just Sense and Sensibility and Emma. Original binding is in green cloth, spine and front cover lettered and decorated with elaborate floral designs in gilt, green coated endpapers, and top edge gilt.

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EMMA  [The English Idylls series]
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EMMA [The English Idylls series]

by Austen, Jane

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1909
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London: J. M. Dent & Co.,, 1909. Book. Illus. by Brock, C. E. (Charles Edmund). Very Good. Hardcover. First Edition, Thus. 8vo. A very good to near fine bright volume in the publisher's highly decorative vellum binding, extravagent gilt-decoration to front board and spine (to Brock's design). Tissue-guarded a little foxed, colour frontispiece plate clean, a total of… Read more about this item
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by Jane Austen

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The Easton Press, The Collector's Library of Famous Editions, 1983. First Edition in this format; Collector's Edition. Illustrated by Fritz Kredel. Hardcover. No dust jacket. Used - Fine, Like New condition. Bound In full (genuine) leather with hubbed spines. Text block is tight and clean with no ownership markings or bookplates. Accents are 22kt gold, deeply inlaid on the spine… Read more about this item
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Emma - Illustrated: Unabridged - original text of the first edition (1816) - with 40 illustrations by Hugh Thomson

by Austen, Jane

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Emma (Barnes & Noble Signature Edition) (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

Emma (Barnes & Noble Signature Edition) (Barnes & Noble Signature Editions)

by Jane Austen

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2012
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Sterling, 2012. Hardcover. Good. Disclaimer:A copy that has been read, but remains in clean condition. All pages are intact, and the cover is intact. The spine may show signs of wear. Pages can include limited notes and highlighting, and the copy can include previous owner inscriptions. The dust jacket is missing. At ThriftBooks, our motto is: Read More,… Read more about this item
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Emma (Penguin Classics)

by Jane Austen

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1950
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Macmillan Publishing Co., Inc, 1950. Book. Illus. by Thomson, Hugh. Good. Soft cover. Macmillan And Co. Ltd., St. Martin's St., London 1950 On Title Page. Printed By R. & R. Clark, Ltd. Edinburgh, On Last Page Of Text. Approx Size: 4 1/2" X 7" Tall. White Dj With Red Letters Has Wear Along Edges, And Lightly Tanned.… Read more about this item
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Emma

by Jane Austen

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Macdonald, 1950. Hardcover. Good/Acceptable. 1950. 479 pages. Red leather with gilt lettering. Clear plastic cover. Pages are lightly tanned and thumbed at the edges, with light foxing. Binding has remained firm. Pages are lightly tanned and thumbed at the edges, with light foxing. Binding has remained firm. Boards are a little rub worn, slight shelf wear to corners,… Read more about this item
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Emma (Wordsworth Classics)

by Jane Austen

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Emma

by Jane Austen

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1947
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Hamilton, 1947. Hardcover. Good/Acceptable. 1947. First edition thus. 496 pages. Pictorial dust jacket over pictorial paper covered boards. Pages with some foxing and tanning, particularly to endpapers and textblock edges. Binding remains firm. A previous owner's name to front free endpaper. Boards have light shelf wear with minor corner bumping and crushing to spine ends. All surfaces tanned,… Read more about this item
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Emma

by Jane Austen

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2008
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Cambridge, UK: The Winchester Austen/ Worth Press, 2008 The Winchester Austen/ Worth Press, Cambridge, UK. 2008. 2nd Printing by Line Number. Book is tight, square, and unmarked. Book Condition: Near Fine; small occasional bumps to board edges and textblock. No DJ. Black Skivertex boards and spine with bright copper and blue lettering on the spine and front edge; embossed leaves… Read more about this item
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by Austen, Jane

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Emma. [Complete in two volumes]
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by Jane Austen: with a note by R. Brimley Johnson: and illustrated by A. Wallis:

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New York:: Lincoln MacVeagh, The Dial Press,, n.d. [c.1925]. Hardcover. VG. x, 318pp; [vi], 311pp. Very attractively produced, with 20 coloured plates. Pages (and plates) fresh and clean, except for a few pages towards the end of Vol II, one of which is very soiled (see photo). In the original bindings of red cloth, firm, with some patches… Read more about this item
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by Austen, Jane

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London & Glasgow: Collins Clear-Type Press. Soft cover. Near Fine. 18mo. [N.d., ca. 1920s]. Full maroon leatherette. 487 pp. Ribbon marker. T.E.R. B&W plate illustrations. In paper-bound slipcase. Extremities of slipcase are rubbed. Near fine overall.
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Emma (Goldfinch Title)

Emma (Goldfinch Title)

by Jane Austen

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1948
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Nicholas Vane, 1948. Hardcover. Good. 1948. 352 pages. No dust jacket. Black cloth. Pages are lightly tanned and thumbed at the edges, with light foxing. Binding has remained firm. Surface tears and holes to last page. Boards are a little rub worn, slight shelf wear to corners, spine and edges. Corners are a little bumped. Spine ends are… Read more about this item
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Emma (Tauchnitz edition, full leather)
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Emma (Tauchnitz edition, full leather)

by AUSTEN, Jane

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AUSTEN, Jane Emma (Tauchnitz edition, full leather) Bernard Tauchnitz, Leipzig, 1877, VG, maroon full leather binding with gilt lettering to spine, marbled end papers, 11.5x16 cm. 456 pp. Leather gently scuffed on spine, with 4 - 4.5 cm split either side of spine head. Top of page edges lightly dust stained. Page edges tanned. Clearly a much loved copy. 45052 hb… Read more about this item
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Emma

by Jane Austen

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UK: Bentley, 1879. New Edition . Decorative Cloth. Good ++. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. New Edition 1879. Uncommon in the original cloth. Frontis engraved plate. The book is good++ with rubbing to edges and spine tips. Small indent to spine base. Cloth a little lightened on the edges. Light fraying to spine tips. … Read more about this item
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EMMA

by Austen Jane

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New York: Frederick A Stokes Company, 1890. A very scarce nineteenth century printing. 8vo, publisher’s original maroon cloth over floral paper covered boards, attractively decorated and lettered in gilt on the covers, spine lettered and tooled in gilt, t.e.g. 456 pp. A handsome copy, well preserved. VERY… Read more about this item
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by Jane Austen

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First Edition Thus
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1964
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USA: Heritage Press, 1964. First Edition Thus . Cloth. Very Good ++. 4to - over 9¾ - 12" tall. Fritz Kredel. 1st Edition Thus 1964. A new publication with coloured illustrations by Fritz Kredel. From the library of David Gilson & Chris Viveash. With the bookplate of Chris Viveash, an author and contributor to the Jane Austen Society… Read more about this item
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Emma

by Jane Austen

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Published
1897
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London: Macmillan & Co, 1897. Hardcover. Good/No Jacket. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Hugh Thomson. First edition was 1896 this is the first reprint
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