Novels and Letters of Jane Austen, The.; Edited by R. Brimley Johnson. With an Introduction by Prof. William Lyon Phelps. With Colored Illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brock.

The Stoneleigh Edition With Colored Illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brock

AUSTEN, Jane. The Novels and Letters of Jane Austen. Edited by R. Brimley Johnson. With an introduction by Prof. William Lyon Phelps, Ph.D. With colored illustrations by C.E. and H.M. Brock. New York: Frank S. Holby, 1906.

Stoneleigh Edition. Limited to 1,250 numbered copies. Twelve octavo volumes. Sixty color plates by C.E. and H.M.Brock, three additional color plates, five monochrome plates and a folding facsimile letter, all with descriptive tissue guards. Title-pages printed in red and black. Bound ca. 1960 in three-quarter hunter green crushed levant morocco over marbled boards ruled in gilt. Spines with five raised bands, decoratively paneled in gilt with gilt center tools, top edge gilt, others uncut, marbled end papers. A very fine, attractive, and beautifully illustrated set.

Published in 1906 to commemorate the centenary of Jane Austen's visit in 1806. "For 400 years Stoneleigh Abbey [in Warwickshire] was the country seat of Jane Austen’s relatives, the Leighs. In August 1806 Jane, with her mother and sister, travelled to Stoneleigh Abbey in the company of her mother’s cousin, Reverend Thomas Leigh, to secure his inheritance of the estate. During her stay Jane Austen was so inspired by the house, by its parkland and by its family intrigues that she wove descriptions of the interiors, views of the grounds and cameos of the family into her novels. Stoneleigh Abbey has changed little since 1806, the rooms and much of the furniture are still as Jane Austen would have known them." (http://www.stoneleighabbey.org/janeausten.html).

See Gilson E106. Item #01290

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