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AUSTEN, Jane. Emma: a novel.

London. [Printed by A. and G. A. Spottiswoode for] Richard Bentley, 1854.
8vo. [4], 435pp, [1]. With an engraved frontispiece. Original publisher's blind-stamped brown buckram, spine lettered and decorated in gilt. Rubbed, a trifle marked, corners bumped. Light damp-staining to foot of all leaves.
A tale of youthful hubris, Emma follows the romantic trials and tribulations of the eponymous twenty-year-old, a precocious spirit convinced that see possesses a natural gift for conjuring love matches.

The fifth Bentley edition, following the editions of 1833, 1836, 1841, and 1851, of Jane Austen's much lauded comedy of manners, first printed in 1815 by John Murray; the last novel to be published in her lifetime.
Gilson D7 (p.229).
£ 500.00 Antiquates Ref: 20966