London: George Allen, 1898. First Thus. Original gilt and cloth covers; all edges gilt. Spine gently rolled and corners bumped. Rubbing to gilt on bottom edge. Cloth mottled on both boards. Dark green endpapers. Bookplate of the Ruskin Library on front pastedown. In all a pleasing copy of Austen's infamous commentary on social manners and matchmaking, illustrated by Chris Hammond.
Much beloved among Austen's novels, Emma tells the story of a young woman's growth into self-awareness. Beginning her adulthood with a firm belief in her own generosity and skill at match-making, Emma Woodhouse makes a series of social errors that ultimately teach her the importance of quiet social observation and the ability to hold back personal opinion to allow others to choose their own life paths. A charming novel that displays Austen's own maturing wit, illustrated by one of the most in-demand female artists of the time. Near Fine (Item #2801)