[AUSTEN, Jane]. Northanger Abbey: and Persuasion. By the Author of "Pride and Prejudice" and "Mansfield Park," &c. London: John Murray, 1818.
4 volumes, 12o (191 x 112 mm). Half-titles. (Some occasional minor marginal staining.) Modern green morocco, spines gilt-lettered, uncut, by Zaehnsdorf. Provenance: Penelope Lutley Sclater (initials "PLS on half-title of Peruasion, volume 2).
FIRST EDITIONS. According to the Jane Austen's sister, Cassandra, Northanger Abbey, with its lighthearted imitation of the Gothic novel, was written 1798 and 1799. In 1803 she sold the novel, then entitled Susan, to Crosby and Company, a London publisher, for £10. When it failed to appear after six years, she asked Mr. Crosby for information and was told he was under no obligation to publish it but would return the manuscript to her in exchange for the amount he had originally paid her. Austen waited until 1816 to accept the offer, but despite preparing the manuscript for publication, she still held it back. As a result, it only appeared posthumously with Persuasion in December 1817, prefaced by Henry Austen's 'Biographical Notice' of his sister. The final version of Persuasion, her last novel, had been completed on 6 August 1816.
A FINE ASSOCIATION COPY, originally belonging to Penelope Lutley Sclater, a neighbor of the Austen family in Hampshire. See previous lot for Mrs. Lutley Sclater's copy of Emma. Gilson A9; Keynes 9; Sadleir I, 62e. (4)