London: George Allen, 1899. First Thus. Illustrated by Chris Hammond. Bound in the original publisher's green cloth with elaborate gilt stamping on the front board and spine. A Near Fine copy overall with just a bit of wear at the spine ends and corners. The odd spot of foxing, as is common, otherwise an excellent copy overall.
At its initial release, Sense & Sensibility was a popular novel; and its success helped launch Austen’s career. In depicting the personalities and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Eleanor and Marianne, Austen questioned stereotypical approaches to femininity; in being fully sensible or fully emotional, neither woman can accomplish her goal of acquiring the right mate and entering into a happy life. For each, it’s only through finding balance between these extremes – and thus accomplishing a deconstruction of binary views of womanhood – that they become individuals capable of loving and being loved. First illustrated edition, with beautiful illustrated plates by Christine “Chris” Hammond, who built her reputation on designing art for Austen and George Eliot. Near Fine (Item #2881)