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Austen, Jane
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion.
John Murray, London, 1818. First edition of Austen's classic work. Octavo, four volumes, bound in three quarters calf over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine. In near fine condition. An exceptional example. Northanger Abbey was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be completed for publication, in 1803. However, it was not published until after her death in 1817, along with another novel of hers, Persuasion. Northanger Abbey is a satire of Gothic novels, which were especially popular during the 1790s and at the turn of the nineteenth century.This coming-of-age story revolves around Catherine Morland, a young and naive "heroine", who entertains the reader on her journey to a better understanding of the world and those around her. In the course of the novel, she discovers that she differs from those other women who crave wealth or social acceptance, as instead she wishes only to have happiness supported by genuine morality. Austen first titled the novel Susan, when she sold it in 1803 for GBP10 to a London bookseller, Crosby & Co. This publisher did not print the work but held on to the manuscript. Austen reportedly threatened to take her work back from them, but Crosby & Co responded that she would face legal consequences for reclaiming her text. In the spring of 1816, the bookseller sold it back to the novelist's brother, Henry Austen, for the same sum as they had paid for it. There is evidence that Austen further revised the novel in 1816-1817 with the intention of having it published. She rewrote sections, renaming the main character Catherine and using t … [Click Below for Full Description]
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