The iconic first Hugh Thomson illustrated edition of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. This copy bound wonderfully, with the important Peacock cloth binding bound-in at the rear. Bookplates within (loose, not glued down) of Mrs. Thomas Elliott Donnelley; Thomas E. Donnelley was the early 20th century President of R.R. Donnelley and Sons, a well-known publisher.
Physical Attributes -
Measures 18 x 12 x 4 cm. Full calf fine-binding. Five raised spine ribs; all spine compartments ruled in gilt, title and author in gilt in one spine compartment, and "London 1894" at bottom of spine. Boards ruled in double gilt, with a dentelle inner border. All edges ruled in gilt. Double stack endbands, alternating yellow and red. Turn-ins also ruled in gilt. Top-edge gilt. Publisher's cloth binding bound-in at the rear of the volume on blank endpapers. Pages - (2), xxviii, 476, colophon, leaf with cloth spine, leaf with front board cloth, (2).
See pictures. Beautiful book. Leather is soft and subtle. I'll nitpick. Spine has slight discoloration and some tiny cracks in the compartments, with a rub on the top spine rib. Bottom edges have a little wear. Front joint has a little color loss along the joint. Front board has a 2 cm scrape at top edge, and a 1 cm scrape near bottom of fore-edge, both surface level only. Slight toning to un-gilded fore-edge and bottom-edge. Leather turn-ins have ghosted onto the facing endpapers (perhaps a leather conditioner that was used caused this).
Miraculously, no bookseller notes on the blank unpaginated pages. The illustration index has several pencil "x" marks; I erased them but still faintly visible. I checked the illustrations with an "x", and they are present, so the writer must have been noting their favorites. Occasional very small dot (singular) on pages. Pencil binder note "26" on back of colophon (rear of text). Pages 107-115 have small yellow dot at top of fore-edge margin (no text touched).
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