Novels of Jane Austen, The

The Winchester Edition of the Novels of Jane Austen in the Original Cloth

AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels of Jane Austen. Edinburgh: John Grant, 1911-1912.

Winchester Edition. Twelve octavo volumes (8 3/16 x 5 11/16 inches; 208 x 145 mm.). Photogravure frontispiece portrait in Volume I (“Jane Austen. From the painting by her sister Cassandra”) by Swan Electric Engraving Co. Title-pages printed in red and black. Volumes XI-XII contain the minor novels (Lady Susan and The Watsons) and Letters of Jane Austen (A new and revised edition).

Original blue linen-grain cloth. Spines decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Some light foxing to the uncut edges. Ink signature of S.N. Whitehead on the front free endpaper or front flyleaf of each volume. A very fine set.

The Winchester Edition of The Novels of Jane Austen was first published by Grant Richards in 1898. It was reissued by John Grant of Edinburgh in 1905-1906 with new title-pages. Both of these editions contained the novels only. The 1911-1912 reissue, also by John Grant, included two additional volumes containing the minor novels (Lady Susan and The Watsons) and Letters of Jane Austen—the whole set bound in blue cloth rather than the green of earlier editions.

See Gilson E91. Item #00227

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