[AUSTEN, Jane]. Emma: A Novel... By the Author of ''Pride and Prejudice,'' &c. &c. London: John Murray, 1816.
[AUSTEN, Jane]. Emma: A Novel... By the Author of "Pride and Prejudice," &c. &c. London: John Murray, 1816.
3 volumes, 12o (188 x 110 mm). Half-titles. (Volume one half-title not at P6, but tipped-in before title-page, some occasional minor marginal spotting.) Original paper-backed blue-gray boards, paper spine labels, uncut (labels slightly rubbed); blue quarter morocco slipcase. Provenance: National Library Center of Budapest (library stamp on front free endpapers of volumes one and 2, library stamp on title-page of volume 3, shelf labels on front pastedowns).
"WE THEREFORE BESTOW NO MEAN COMPLIMENT UPON THE AUTHOR OF EMMA, WHEN WE SAY THAT... SHE HAS PRODUCED SKETCHES OF SUCH SPIRIT AND ORIGINALITY THAT WE NEVER MISS THE EXCITATION WHICH DEPENDS UPON THE NARRATIVE OF UNCOMMON EVENTS..." (Sir Walter Scott's review of Emma)
FIRST EDITION IN ORIGINAL BOARDS. Considered to be one of the greatest of English novels, Austen began writing Emma on 21 January 1814 and finished in little over a year on 29 March 1815. Following her visit to Carlton House, Austen dedicated the novel to the Prince Regent at the suggestion of the Prince's librarian, who thought it an appropriate acknowledgement for the kindness shown her by the Prince. After a number of printing delays, the novel was finally published in late December 1815 at her own expense, with profits going to Austen after payment of a 10 percent commission to John Murray. Gilson A8; Keynes p. 14; Sadleir I, 62d. A FINE COPY. (3)