Special edition de luxe, limited to 260 copies, this being number 232. Publisher's original orange cloth with brown leather title label lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, the others untrimmed. Printed on thick laid paper. The endpapers decorated with colour miniature portraits of English monarchs after originals by Jane Austen's sister, Cassandra Austen. Illustrated with a black and white frontispiece reproducing a piece of manuscript text by Austen. A near fine copy, the binding square and firm with a touch of rubbing to the spine label. The contents are wonderfully clean and bright throughout and remain free from any previous owners' inscriptions or stamps. An excellent example.
A beautifully produced edition of Jane Austen's early works, including her satirical novel 'Love and Friendship', written in 1790 at the age of just fourteen, 'Lesley Castle', 'The History of England', and a collection of her letters and scraps. This superior de luxe edition was followed by a standard trade edition the same year.
Stock code: 20405