AUSTEN, JANE Emma: A Novel. In Three Volumes...
London: John Murray, 1816. First edition. Three volumes in half calf in period style (though likely later, possibly 1930s), marbled boards, edges speckled. 6 3/4 x 3 inches (17.5 x 10.5 cm); Volume I: blank, half-title, , 322 pp., terminal blank. Volume II: blank, half-title, 351 pp.,  pp. Volume III: blank, half-title, 363,  pp. ads, terminal blank. Some rubbing to spines, most noticeable at the head of the front joint of the first volume, internally with some spotting, mostly minor.
Emma bears a dedication to the Prince Regent, who was an admirer of Austen's works and who invited her to dedicate the book to him after her visit to Carlton House in November of 1815. The book was begun on 21 January, 1814 and completed on 29 March 1815. Henry Austen arranged for John Murray to publish the work. The records of the firm indicate that of the 2,000 copies printed, 1,250 were sold in the first year, quite a solid reception for a work of fiction at the time. Copies with the first half-title present are uncommon. Gilson A8; Keynes p. 14; Sadleir I, 62d. (3)
C Estate of Frances "Peggy" Brooks
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