AUSTEN, Jane. Lady Susan. London, Macmillan & Co., 1901.
8vo. Original black cloth patterned in blind, gilt title to spine; pp.x, 364; a very good copy in a smart binding, small ink inscription to preliminary blank leaf, a little light foxing.
A Memoir of Jane Austen, produced by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh, is credited with introducing the wider reading public to the novels of Austen, accelerating and sustaining her popularity for the next 50 years. The biography is highly selective in how it chooses to represent Austen and her family, and deliberately omits some facts that its intended audience might have found shocking, such as Austen's disabled brother. As time passed, more text was added to (and sometimes removed from) the book, and it was the only attempt at a biography for some considerable time, making it an enduringly interesting piece of Austen material. This edition contains a biography, the text of Lady Susan and fragments of an unfinished tale by Austen - The Watsons.