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Austen, Jane
MANSFIELD PARK
Richard Bentley, London, 1833. First illustrated edition, and first single-volume edition, of Austen's third published novel, centering on the comedic neighborhood drama caused by the amateur production of a play, with the inferred specter of the slave trade hovering beneath the plot. Morally upright Fanny gets pulled into a neighbor's scheming via an adaptation of Elizabeth Inchbald's well-known play, LOVERS' VOWS. Among Austen's works, MANSFIELD PARK especially demonstrates how careful contrasts of characters and plot twists can bring out subtle ironies. In 1832, publisher Richard Bentley acquired the rights to all of Austen's novels and set about a project that would define the Victorian reception of her work. First published in 1814 in three volumes, this first Bentley printing of MANSFIELD PARK was the third edition overall, and issued as part of Bentley's Standard Novels - "one of the longest lasting and most influential series in the Victorian period" (Troy J. Bassett). The series republished books first printed in the standard triple-decker (i.e. three volume) format into a new, single-volume format. Bentley's editions were also the first of Austen's novels to be illustrated in Britain, thus exerting an immense influence on the visual iconography of the classic romances. This is a lovely copy in a contemporary half calf binding. Octavo. 6.25'' x 4''. Half contemporary calf and marbled boards, sympathetically rebacked with original spine laid down. Marbled endpapers and marbled edges. Engraved frontispiece and engraved vignette title page by Pickering, followed by pr … [Click Below for Full Description]
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