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Pride and Prejudice: A Novel
Author - Jane Austin
Published - T. Egerton
Three volumes complete - Volume One - , 307pp, ; Volume Two - , 239pp,  and Volume Three - , 323pp, . Contemporary half-calf and marbled paper over boards, smooth back divided into five panels, contrasting title and volume label to panels two and four respectively, remaining panels with central device made up of small fleuron tools in blind, all edges marbled. Rubbed, corners slightly bumped. Internally text is lightly browned throughout, occasionally heavier, some foxing, occasionally heavy, especially to first few gatherings of volume three, some light damp staining. Volume three lacks the bottom end band and the headband has been reinforced. Several small nicks and tears, in volume one there is a small hole to bottom margin of C5 and E12 and a small tear to top margin of G5; in volume two B11 is chipped to bottom and fore-edges, K6 is split to bottom corner; in volume three C12 is chipped to the fore-edge with some loss, D10 is chipped to the fore-edge with small amount of loss, a paper flaw to H2 with some chipping to bottom and fore-edges with small amount of loss and O3 has a small hole to top margin. Lacks the half-titles as usual. Previous owners' name to head of title's (Ralph Creyke - a Liberal MP). Housed in individual cloth slipcases. The first edition of one of the most beloved of all English novels, with one of the most memorable opening paragraphs and a couple of the most famous characters in English literature, in an attractive contemporary binding. Gilson A3; Sadleir 62b