Sense and Sensibility. A novel.

  • Austen, Jane
  • London: Richard Bentley 1866
  • Gilson D7.


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8vo, pp. xv, [i], 331, [1] + engraved frontispiece and additional engraved title-page. Half-title discarded. Modern half green morocco, green cloth boards, spine divided by raised bands with gilt rolls, compartments bordered with gilt rules, lettered in gilt, other compartments with central gilt tool, top edge gilt. A little foxed and toned.


A finely bound copy of one of the small number of 19th-century printings of Austen's first published novel. Following the posthumous publication of Northanger Abbey & Persuasion, the only British printings of Austen's novels were in Bentley's Standard Novel series until James Edward Austen-Leigh's biography of his aunt in 1870 renewed interest in her. The stereotype plates created for the 1833 Bentley printings were re-used throughout this period, with this 1866 version representing their last use by Bentley, who sold them on and produced reset versions in 1870. Gilson notes that this is the first British printing to include cities outwith the British Isles in the imprint (George Robertson, Melbourne and Little & Brown, Boston), which 'suggests that this was an edition at least in part for the Colonial and American market.'

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