Printed for John Murray, London; 1816. ‘Emma: A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice”’. 12mo.
This is a beautiful set of 3 volumes comprising the First edition, first printing of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’. Please note, we aim to be almost critical in our detailed description to give as much information as possible about the books, but these are small issues and overall these are exception volumes in Very Good condition. This book was published as 1 of just 2000 at the author’s own expense, printed for John Murray.
These lovely volumes are bound in near contemporary green half calf bindings, with gilt lettered leather title labels. There is some light rubbing and scuffing in places and some fading to the spines, but overall these bindings are in very well preserved, very good condition. Internally, the three half titles have been discarded, there is some light spotting and a couple of finger marks, and In volume 2, on p63/64 there is a small closed tear in the blank fore-margin. Otherwise the pages are amazingly bright and clean for a book of this age adn in Near Fine condition. There is an ownership armorial bookplate of the Earl of Shannon to the front pastedowns of each volume, and some minor splitting to the hinges between front free endpapers and preliminary blank pages in all 3 volumes, but the binding remains in tact otherwise.
In all, these volumes are an exceptional piece of literary history, with generation upon generation of readers growing up reading and cherishing this novel. To find a First edition of Emma in condition such as this is incredibly rare, with just a very small number currently available for sale online. As such, this is an incredibly rare piece to add to any rare book collection and is truly an investment for the future.
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