London, South Kensington
9 June 2015
[AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1817).] Sense and Sensibility: A Novel. In three volumes. By the author of “Pride and Prejudice”. London: for the Author by C. Roworth and published by T. Egerton, 1813. 3 volumes, 12° (176 x 102mm). With final blanks in vols I & III. (Lacks half-titles in all 3 vols and final blank in vol. II, some spotting throughout, mainly light.) Contemporary half calf (vol. II rebacked, joints of remaining vols tender, extremities lightly worn). Provenance: Mercer of Gorthie (bookplate and manuscript inscription ‘Mrs Mercer, 20 York Place’ in each volume).
Second edition of Jane Austen's first published novel, which grew from a sketch entitled ‘Elinor and Marianne’, written in 1795 in the form of letters; it was revised 1797-1798 at Steventon, and again in 1809-1810, the first year of Jane Austen's residence at Chawton. Thomas Egerton undertook the publication of the first edition in 1813 on a commission basis, and Jane Austen 'actually made a reserve from her very moderate income to meet the expected loss'. The price of the novel was 15 shillings in boards and advertisements first appeared for it on 30 October 1811. The present second edition is believed to have been printed in October 1813 as the first edition sold out in less than two years. Gilson A2; Keynes 2.
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