Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion

First Edition of 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 7/8 x 4 1/16 inches; 174 x 103 mm.). xxiv, 300; [4], 331, [1, blank]; [4], 280; [4], 308 pp. Bound without final blank leaves P7 and P8 in Volume IV.

Contemporary tan polished calf. Covers with triple gilt fillet border enclosing two decorative blind rules, smooth spines decoratively tooled in black and gilt in compartments with two maroon morocco gilt lettering labels, gilt board edges, turn-ins decoratively tooled in blind, marbled endpapers and edges. The Martin copy, with the bookplate of H. Bradley Martin loosely laid into Volume I and with the armorial bookplate of Maxwell of Polloc on the front pastedown of each volume. This set is in remarkably fine condition, with only a minimal amount of rubbing to the edges. Totally original and unsophisticated, it is as good a copy as you could ever wish for in a contemporary binding.

“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).

Gilson A9. Keynes, Austen, 9. Sadleir 62e. Item #00249

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