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Northanger Abbey. - AUSTEN, Jane - 1907. 
London: J. M. Dent & Co.; E. P. Dutton & Co., New York, , 1907. With twenty-four coloured illustrations by C. E. Brock. Octavo. Original gilt decorative vellum, top edge gilt, others untrimmed, pictorial endpapers. With 24 colour plates by C. E. Brock. Some light marks to vellum; an excellent, bright copy. First Brock edition, uncommon in the original vellum binding. C. E. Brock (1870?1938) first appeared as an illustrator of Jane Austen within Macmillan's 1895?7 series (with introductions by Austin Dobson), Brock illustrating only Pride and Prejudice, and Hugh Thomson illustrating the other 5 titles. This series was only illustrated in black and white, which better suited Thomson's skilful use of line. A decade later, J. M. Dent, realising Brock's potential as a colourist, commissioned him to redo the Pride and Prejudice suite, this time in colour, and to create colour illustrations for the other five Austen titles. The colourful costumes and interior decor depicted in these illustrations are reputedly accurate to the Regency period, for Charles Brock and his brother Henry collected antique furniture and clothing so that their friends and relations could model for the artists in their Cambridge studio.
[Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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