AUSTEN, Jane (author). Northanger Abbey. Persuasion. Standard Novels No. XXVIII. London: Richard Bentley, New Burlington Street. 1837.
8vo. Contemporary half honey calf over marbled boards, spine with 5 raised bands elaborately gilt in compartments with a pretty beaded fishscale design in gilt, gilt beaded bands, with deep green leather label lettered in gilt, gilt rolls to sides, red sprinkled edges; pp. [iv] + 440; with engraved pictorial title-page (dated 1833 in the plate), engraved frontispiece by Greatbatch, after Pickering, and a total of 3 letterpress titles, all dated 1837, consisting of the series title Standard Novels No. XXVIII (Northanger Abbey and Persuasion) and individual ones for each work; a delightful little copy with an attractive patina, some rubbing and dusting to boards, small edge wear, and slight surface scuffing to leather corners and head of spine; frontispiece and title-page tanned, lightly spotted, and somewhat offset, with the neat ownership inscription of Marianne Gates, dated 1838, to top margin of title, but otherwise internally remarkably clean and fresh throughout, with minimal signs of use.
Very early printing of the two novels, which were first published (posthumously) as a 4-volume set, with biographical notice, in 1818, a year after Austen's death. Richard Bentley introduced illustration to Jane Austen's works in the form of engraved frontispieces and engraved pictorial titles in his series of Standard Novels, first published in 1833. The works were also issued, later the same year, in a Collected Edition. As Gilson states in the authoritative reference work A Bibliography of Jane Austen (Soho Bibliographies), "The Standard Novels issues, and the collected editions, were frequently reprinted" but qualifies this by stating "few of these reprints survive in libraries and even fewer in original condition".