George Allen. London. 1894.
FIRST THOMSON EDITION. 8vo. (7.5 x 5.2 inches). Beautifully illustrated throughout with 101 fine line engravings by Hugh Thomson. A lovely clean copy in fine early binding, by Relfe Brothers of London, of full dark blue calf. Spine with raised bands, decorated with gilt Greek key design. Red title label, gilt. Compartments ruled and decorated in gilt. Decorative gilt border on boards. Marbled endpapers. Gilt inner dentelles. All page edges marbled. School prize label, for neatness and dated 1909, on front free endpaper. Overall a fine, bright, clean example of this beautiful book in a highly attractive early leather binding, and uncommon thus. -------- One of the best, and most popular, illustrated books of the late nineteenth century. 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.