A complete set in original Victorian travel case.
AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels of Jane Austen in ten volumes. London: J M Dent & Co., 1898.
Small 8vo. 10 vols.; strikingly bound in publisher's blue-green cloth decorated in blue with lettering in gilt to upper board and spine; decorative gold end papers, top edges gilt, otherwise untrimmed; housed in the original and complementary Victorian box (25cm x 17.5cm x 12.5cm approx.), decorated with gilt borders and the author's name in gilt, and lined with publisher's cloth, with original ribbon markers (some lacking); and small previous ownership stickers of S. W. Simms to inside covers; the set comprising Northanger Abbey (pp. vi, 245); Persuasion (pp. vi, 261); Emma (vol. I pp. viii, 245; vol. II pp. [ii], 258); Pride and Prejudice (vol. I pp. x, 191; vol. II [ii], 210; Sense and Sensibility (vol. I pp. [ii], 218; vol. II pp. xxxii, 163); and Mansfield Park (vol. I pp. viii, 245; vol. II pp. [ii], 249); illustrated throughout with frontispieces and numerous full-colour plates by C. E. and H. M. Brock; essentially a fine set; the box rubbed and somewhat marked with the 'N' missing from the 'Austen' on the lid and minor splitting to the edges, one hinge of which has been expertly reinforced with archival tape, still structurally sound.
Early edition of this pretty, and readable, set edited by J. Brimley Johnson, with additional full-colour drawing of the Rice portrait of Jane Austen. This charming collection of Austen's classic novels is the first to be illustrated in colour and is here presented in the genuinely rare presentation case.
Henry and Charles Brock both began their careers in the 1890s under the charge of Macmillan. In 1892 Dent had already produced a set of Austen's novels in ten volumes, however with illustrations in a 'grey-brown wash' as opposed to full colour. At the advent of lithography, more lavish editions could be produced, and so the brothers worked together to produce all sixty of the illustrations in these ten volumes.