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Novels - AUSTEN Jane - 1853. 
1853 - AUSTEN, Jane. Novels. Boston: Little, Brown, 1853. Five volumes. 12mo, contemporary full tan calf, elaborately gilt-decorated spines, raised bands, black morocco spine labels. $12,000.First multi-volume American edition of the novels of Jane Austen, with engraved frontispieces in each volume, with fine New England provenance, in beautiful contemporary full calf-gilt.Although individual Jane Austen novels had been published in the United States as early as 1816 (Emma), it was not until 1853 that a multi-volume edition of her works was first issued. (The only previous attempt at issuing Austen's novels together in the United States had been a bowdlerized version in 1838 as "two volumes in one.") Using the sheets of the 1851 London edition by Richard Bentley, Little, Brown and Company released this edition with cancel title pages in all volumes, listing both Little, Brown and Bentley as the publishers. Volume V, with both Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, still retains the original Bentley title leaf for Persuasion at pp. 213-14. Without the half titles to the first two volumes. See Gilson, 228-29. With contemporary ownership signature of "E.D.S. Rackerman" in all volumes but the fourth; with the ownership signature of her daughter, "Louise Sedgwick Rackemann, Sept 1891," in all volumes. Born in Lenox, Massachusetts from the union of two illustrious New England families, Elizabeth Dwight Sedgwick would certainly have been the set's original owner; at her death in 1891, her daughter inherited the set. Quite rare: OCLC only lists seven copies, six of which are incomplete (or in one case, probably the 1853 London edition misidentified).Interiors generally fine with some light mostly marginal foxing to frontispieces; handsome contemporary calf bindings lovely and fine. A rare edition in excellent condition. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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