Maggs Bros Ltd

Novels, in the "Peacock Series", illustrated by Hugh Thomson and Charles E. Brock.

AUSTEN Jane (1897-98.)

£1250.00 

Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

6 volumes in 5. Frontispieces and illustrations by Hugh Thomson and Charles E. Brock, 'Northanger Abbey and Persuasion' the first Macmillan edition, 1897, the other volumes the 1898 reprint, 8vo., original publisher's red cloth, richly gilt ahfter designs by A.A. Turbayne, yellow peacock endpapers, a.e.g. Macmillan & Co., London.

The most decorative of all Jane Austen collected editions, the design of this set echoing loudly with the then current 'Art Nouveau' style, by an American artist working in England who specialised in book-binding design, his work reminiscent of his contemporaries Laurence Housman and Charles Ricketts, and later Talwyn Morris, although his style is considerably more flamboyant than theirs. His work was highly prized in his own time, his name as designer often appearing in publisher's adverts for forthcoming books, which was highly unusual at a time when much book design was done anonymously. 'Pride and Prejudice' illustrated by Brock, the others by Hugh Thomson.

Spines very slightly faded, back cover of 'Sense and Sensibility' with a small stain, circular stain to the rear cover of 'Mansfield Park', still a fine set.

Stock Code: 226589