C8vo (5” x 7 ”). pp. 476. Unsigned binding design by Hugh Thomson of a peacock perched on a sundial in full display in gold on smooth green cloth, with feathers filling the entire cover and surrounding the titles; spine with titles and scattered peacock feather motifs; a.e.g. Includes 160 illiustrations - from full page to amusing allegorical chapter heads and tail pieces, to charming and sometimes emblematic historiated initial caps; a.e.g.

The first fully illustrated edition of Pride and Prejudice as prior editions had frontispieces only. Hugh Thomson's ability to capture the spirit of Austen's humor in his charming drawings for Pride & Prejudice has had a distinct influence on Austen readers for generations, and has proven more popular than any other edition, becoming almost as iconic as the novel itself. Thomson's Peacock cover was was a great influence on subsequent peacock binding designs, most notably, A.A. Turbayne's stylized peacock for Macmillan's Illustrated Novel series the following year. It should be noted that the term "Janeite" was coined by George Saintsbury in the preface to this edition.1

A near fine copy with a bright, fresh cover; faint toning to the margins of the frontis. and the title page; light, scattered foxing to the eps and slight rubbing to the tips.Balston II:A1; Gilson E78; Spielmann 12.

1. Sutherland. Jane Austen's Textual Lives: From Aeschylus to Bollywood (Oxford: OUP, 2005).


Author Name: [Thomson, Hugh (cover design and illustrations)]; Austen, Jane; Saintsbury,George (preface)

Illustrator: Thomson, Hugh (cover design and illustrations)

Categories: Literature & Classics, Fin de siècle, Art Nouveau, Macmillan Cranford Series, Women Authors, Cranford School of Illustration, Illustrators of the Cranford School, Publisher's Bindings, 19th C. English, Fine Binding, Illustrated, Decorative Cloth, European Publisher's Bindings,

Edition: First

Publisher: London, George Allen: 1895

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition: Near fine

Seller ID: 2148