London: George Allen, 1898. First Thus. Illustrated by Chris Hammond. Original publisher's cloth binding stamped ornately in gilt to spine and front board. All edges brightly gilt. Green coated endpapers. A Near Fine copy of the book with the typical rolling to the spine and gentle wear to lower corners. A bright, attractive 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. Near Fine (Item #4827)