London: George Allen, 1894. First edition thus. A lovely, Near Fine copy of the famous "peacock" edition of Pride and Prejudice, illustrated by Hugh Thomson. Bright gilt and cloth covers in excellent condition. Minor abraisons to the cloth, previous owner's bookplate on the front paste-down and four leaves with a horizontal tear professionally closed (pgs. 427-434). A highly collectible edition.
Austen's beloved masterpiece. "Pride and Prejudice" follows the classic relationship between the clever Elizabeth Bennett and the seemingly distant Mr. Darcy. Austen actually finished an early version of the novel, titled "First Impressions," when she was a mere 21. The book received a great deal of praise when it was released, with one well regarded critic of the day saying he "would rather have written Pride and Prejudice, or Tom Jones, than any of the Waverley Novels."
The artist, Hugh Thomson, was most famous for his illustrations of Austen’s work, as well as the work of Charles Dickens. Known for his attention to detail, he would often spend a great deal of time in museums researching the lifestyles and dress of the characters he was depicting, Thomson started working on his drawings for "Pride and Prejudice" in 1893. They proved an immense success, selling over 10,000 copies in the few years after they were released. He would go on to illustrate many of Austen's other novels as well. Near Fine (Item #2477)