AUSTEN, Jane (author). A. Wallis MILLS (illustrator). R. Brimley JOHNSON (notes by). [The Works.] Pride and Prejudice; Sense and Sensibility; Emma; Mansfield Park; Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. London; Chatto & Windus. 1908-1910.
8vo.; 10 volumes; original olive green cloth lettered in gilt to spines, and boards, with oval gilt frames to upper covers enclosing onlaid pictorial labels, in colour; top edges olivine, others untrimmed, double-page pictorial endpapers in colour; pp. [vii], viii-xxi + [iii] + 253; [viii] + 250; [x] + [ii] + 236; [viii] + 245; [vii], viii-ix + [iii] + 318; [viii] + 311; [viii] + 306; [viii] + 312; [xii] + 308; [viii] + 327; with title-pages in blue and black and a total of 100 coloured plates after watercolours, including frontispieces throughout protected by original tissues; a wonderful, and very scarce, set in original cloth, with light external dusting, mild and uniform tanning to spines, mild shelf rubbing, and bruising to spine ends (although no nicking); internally with some toning to stock, a few minor marks, and the occasional fox-mark, but uncommonly fresh and attractive throughout.
Early set illustrated in colour, produced in St. Martin's Illustrated Library of Standard Authors. This set is distinguished by containing what appears to be the largest number of coloured plates of any vintage edition. The watercolour illustrations are charmingly innocent, occasionally humorous, sensitive to the text, and painted in gentle, diffuse, but confident tones by Alfred Wallis Mills (1917-57) who studied at the South Kensington School of Art and was a contributor to Punch.