Northanger Abbey
Northanger Abbey

AUSTEN, Jane (author). Charles E. BROCK (illustrator). Northanger Abbey.

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AUSTEN, Jane (author). Charles E. BROCK (illustrator). Northanger Abbey. London; J.M. Dent & Sons Ltd. 1922.

8vo.; sometime attractively bound in full polished red calf, single-line gilt fillet to sides, spine with 5 raised bands ruled gilt in compartments and lettered direct in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers; pp. [ii], iii-vii + 206 + [i]; with decorative title in light blue and dark red and 16 coloured plates by Charles Brock; a very good and attractive copy with a mild and attractive patina and a couple of very minor, and barely noticeable, marks to upper cover, with light speckling to fore-, and lower, edges of book block, otherwise internally generally fresh and clean, without ownership inscription, and with only occasional light foxing.
Early edition illustrated by Charles Brock, first published in the Series of English Idylls in 1907. The Cambridge artist and illustrator Charles Edmund Brock (1870-1938) was the eldest of four artist brothers who were prolific, and celebrated, in the early decades of the twentieth century. His work was thoroughly researched and firmly planted in Regency-era styling. To this end he owned a large collection of costume prints and fashion plates of the era and used his family to model for him.