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(BURNEY, Fanny)
Camilla: or, A picture of youth. By the author of Evelina and Cecilia. 5 vols.
Printed for T. Payne. 1796 xlviii, 390, [1, ad. & colophon], [1, blank]; [4], 432; [4], 468; [4], 432; [4], 556 pp. 12mo. Some sl. occasional foxing & light browning, clean tears to B7, G9 Vol. I, marginal repair to verso of D3, tear to one letter of catchword to H1 & to blank lower corner of final leaf Vol. II. Clean tear to H8 Vol. III, & with sl. loss of text to I5, with loss not affecting text to Q6. Sl. marginal tears to B9 & 10 Vol. IV, and not affecting text to H12 & K2. Tear without loss to D10, X10 & Y10 Vol. V. Expertly rebound in quarter sprinkled calf, double gilt ruled bands, red morocco labels, marbled boards, vellum tips, fresh contemporary endpapers & pastedowns. Generally a v.g. clean set.ESTC T144705. First edition. The appearance of Jane Austen's name among the list of subscribers marks the beginning of her literary career, and is thought to be the first time her name appears in print; it may be the only time, as her own novels were all published anonymously. Tradition has it that Jane Austen was dependent on her father for the guinea fee, but news of the subscription probably came through her maternal relations. The vicar at Great Bookham, where Burney completed the novel, was the Revd Samuel Cooke, Jane Austen's godfather, whose wife Cassandra, née Leigh, was a cousin of Jane Austen's mother, also born Cassandra Leigh. (P. Garside, Subscribing Fiction in Britain, 1780-1829
Bookseller: Jarndyce Rare Books

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