Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion; By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Mansfield-Park,” &c. With a Biographical Notice of the Author. In Four Volumes.

First Edition of Jane Austen’s “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion”

[AUSTEN, Jane]. Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion. By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice,” “Mansfield-Park,” &c. With a Biographical Notice of the Author. In Four Volumes. London: John Murray, 1818.

First edition. Four twelvemo volumes (6 5/8 x 4 inches; 169 x 101 mm.). xxiv, 300; [4], 331, [1, blank]; [4], 280; [4], 308 pp. Complete with half-titles. Volume IV bound without the final blank leaves P7 and P8.

Early twentieth-century antique-style mottled calf by Bartlett & Co. of Boston (stamp-signed on front free endpaper). Covers decoratively bordered in gilt, spines decoratively tooled in gilt in compartments with two brown morocco gilt lettering labels, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, all edges gilt. Some foxing and browning. An excellent copy.

“Published posthumously in 1817. Northanger Abbey, which was published with Persuasion in four volumes, was written about 1798 or 1799, probably under the title ‘Susan.’ In 1803 the manuscript of ‘Susan’ was sold to the publisher Richard Crosby, who advertised for it, but unaccountably it was not published at that time. The novel combines a satire on conventional novels of polite society with one on gothic tales of terror. Catherine Morland, the daughter of a country parson, is the innocent abroad who gains worldly wisdom: first in the fashionable society of Bath and then at Northanger Abbey itself, where she learns not to interpret the world through her reading of gothic thrillers” (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).

“Unlike her novel Northanger Abbey, with which it was published, Persuasion (written 1815-16) was a work of Austen’s maturity. Like Mansfield Park and Emma, Persuasion contains subdued satire and develops the comedy of character and manners. Persuasion tells the story of a second chance, the reawakening of love between Anne Elliot and Captain Frederick Wentworth, whom eight years earlier she had been persuaded not to marry. Wentworth returns from the Napoleonic wars with prize money and the social acceptability of naval rank. He is now an eligible suitor acceptable to Anne’s snobbish father and his circle, and Anne discovers the continuing strength of her love for him” (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).

Gilson A9. Keynes, Austen, 9. Sadleir 62e. Item #00236

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