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. Dark green endpapers. All edges gilt. A Very Good+ copy overall with the spine rolled as is typical; spine a bit dulled and corners gently bumped. Previous ownership inscription on the half-title. Internally a surprisingly fresh and unfoxed copy. A charming addition to any collection.
At its initial release, Sense and Sensibility was a popular novel; and its success helped launch Austen’s career. In depicting the personalities and loves of the Dashwood sisters, Elinor 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. Illustrated with beautiful plates by Christine “Chris” Hammond, who built her reputation on designing art for Austen and George Eliot. Very Good + (Item #4938)