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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

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London: George Allen, 1894. First edition. Cloth. Very Good Indeed. 7.5" by 5". Hugh Thomson. David Gilson and Chris Viveash's personal copy of the first Peacock edition of 'Pride and Prejudice' . The first Hugh Thomson peacock edition of this work.Bookplate of Chris Viveash to the front paste down.David Gilson's personal copy. Gilson wrote the definitive bibliography of Austen. His and his partner Chris Viveash's Austen collection was legendary. This is the Gilson/Viveash collections' copy of the famous Peacock Edition. In a very beautiful and striking condition.Gilson listed the Peacock first edition as E78 in his bibliography. This Peacock edition has become a classic of book design, being much reprinted in the following years and even printed on a tote bag in the twenty-first century.Illustrated with a frontispiece and in-text illustrations throughout by Hugh Thomson.Thomson was an Irish illustrator, who did pen-and-ink illustrations for editions of works by Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, and J. M. Barrie.'Pride and Prejudice' is perhaps one of the most famous love stories of all time. Mr Darcy and Lizzie Bennet suffer equally from their pride and prejudices, ensuring a tumultuous journey for them.Jane Austen has become one of the most popular Georgian writers, her novels being loved for generations. Her ironic social commentary offers an interesting insight into Upper-Middle class Georgian life. Her other novels are 'Emma', 'Sense and Sensibility', 'Northanger Abbey', 'Mansfield Park', and 'Persuasion'.Collated, complete. In the original publisher's decorative cloth binding, with lavish gilt to the front board and spine. Externally, very smart. Small closed tear to the head of the spine. Very light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. A couple of light marks to the boards. Front hinge is starting but firm. Bookplate to the front paste down. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and generally clean with some spots, mostly to the first and last few pages where it is heavier spotting. Ink inscription to the half-title. Very Good Indeed


Pride and Prejudice is the second novel by English author Jane Austen, after  Sense and Sensibility.  First published on 28 January 1813, Austen sold the copyright for just £110.  Its manuscript was initially written between 1796 and 1797 in Steventon, Hampshire, where Austen lived in the rectory. Originally called First Impressions, it was never published under that title, and in following revisions it was retitled Pride and Prejudice. It was first published anonymously.  A novel of manners, set in the early 19th century, the story follows the main character, Elizabeth Bennet, the second of five daughters of a country gentleman. The five unmarried sisters are pressed to find a good wealthy match, and the very opinionated Elizabeth comes to odds with her proud beau Mr. Darcy. 

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On Jan 5 2016, a reader said:
this is my #1 favorite book of all the Jane Austen books. i love the way elizabeth and darcy talk to each other.
On Jun 5 2014, a reader said:
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen is listed by many as a universal Classic and, rightfully, frequents many “Must Read” lists.

Elizabeth Bennett lives in a small country estate. Daughter to a poor country gentleman who has four other daughters, her prospects of marriage are slim. That doesn’t bother Elizabeth, however. She is beautiful, smart, opinionated, strong-willed and in no hurry to find a husband. Her mother, who frequently embarrasses her and her older sister Jane by pushing them at any eligible bachelor, has other plans for her. While at a public ball, she is introduced to mild-mannered pleasant Mr. Bingley who is taken by Jane instantly. Also in attendance is Mr. Bingley’s best friend Mr. Darcy. Mr. Darcy is handsome and rich but gives the impression of distaste when introduced to Elizabeth. Throughout the story, they constantly misunderstand and miss-judge each other making many nearly grievous mistakes.

If you are anything like me, you will be just as frustrated with Elizabeth as she learns Mr. Darcy’s true character and how to let go of her objections to love and simply fall.

This is truly my all-time favorite book so far. I read it at least once a year, usually around Christmastime. Given that Austen’s writing describes this time-period so intricately, I can picture myself as Elizabeth Bennett every time I read it. And, just like Elizabeth Bennett, I fall in love with Mr. Darcy every time as well.

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Pride and Prejudice
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7.5" by 5"
Pride and Prejudice jane austen hugh thomson austen jane austen elizabeth bennett chris viveash

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