London: George Allen, 1898. First Thus. Original publisher's cloth binding stamped ornately in gilt to spine and front board. All edges brightly gilt. Green coated endpapers. Spine rolled and a touch faded; gentle wear to corners and a bit of rubbing to rear board. Light scattered foxing to preliminaries, else a clean and unmarked copy of this important comedy by a woman, about women, illustrated by a renowned female artist.
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. Very Good + (Item #4461)