George Allen. London 1894.
FIRST THOMSON EDITION. 8vo. (7.3 x 5 inches). Beautifully illustrated throughout with 101 fine line engravings by Thomson. Neat previous owner two line presentation inscription, dated December 1894, with another name below, dated 1918, on the front blank free endpaper and there are just a few spots of foxing to the first few pages otherwise it is a very clean and bright copy throughout of the scarce first High Thomson edition in the original publishers binding of dark green cloth with highly decorative Peacock design to front board and spine. Dark green coated endpapers. All edges gilt. The edges of the boards are just a little bumped but generally this is a better than very good copy. -------- One of the best, and most popular, illustrated books of the late nineteenth century. Hugh Thomson illustrated this work for George Allen publishers before going on to illustrate the other Austen books for Macmillan & Co. This is the scarcest of all the Thomson/Austen titles in first edition.