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    First Edition of Jane Austen's Mansfield Park in an Attractive Full Morocco Binding by Rivière & Son

    [Jane Austen]. Mansfield Park: A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of "Sense and Sensibility," and "Pride and Prejudice." Vol. I [II. III.]. London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1814 (Volume II with imprint: London: Printed for T. Egerton, Whitehall, 1814).

    First edition. Three twelvemo volumes (6.625 x 3.9375 inches; 168 x 100 mm.). [4], 360; [4], 294, [2, blank]; [4], 354 pages. Complete with the final blank leaf O4 in Volume II, but bound without the final leaf R4 in Volume III, containing an advertisement for the second editions of Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice). All three half-titles are on stubs and supplied with a facsimile of a Volume I or III half-title (the half-title in Volume III with a tiny tear in the gutter margin). Printed on wove paper with the correct "1812" watermark (leaf N1 in Volume III is watermarked "1811" in bold open numerals, with only "11" visible). Volumes I and III were printed by G. Sidney, Volume II was printed by C. Roworth.

    Several leaves appear to be on slightly different paper, slightly browner, but cleaner and crisper, and have either been washed or supplied from another copy at the time of binding: nineteen leaves in Volume I (F3, F4, F9, F10, H2, H11, N2-N12, O6, and O7); seventeen leaves in Volume II (the title leaf and leaves B1, B2, C6, C7, D1, D2, D11, D12, E5, E8, G6, G7, K4, K5, K8, and K9); and six leaves in Volume III (I5, I6, I7, I8, K6, and K7). Leaves N5 in Volume I and leaves C6 and K5 in Volume II have the correct "1812" watermark.

    Early twentieth-century full light brown crushed levant morocco by Rivière & Son (stamp-signed in gilt on the front turn-in of each volume). Covers with gilt triple fillet border; spines in six compartments with five gilt-dotted raised bands, decoratively tooled in gilt in four compartments and lettered in gilt in the remaining two, with the date in gilt in the bottom compartment; board edges ruled in gilt; turn-ins ruled in gilt and decoratively tooled in gilt; marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. Minimal rubbing to corners, spine extremities, and/or board edges; joints lightly rubbed and becoming tender; a few corners lightly bumped; small dark stain or stains to the upper edge of the rear cover of each volume and to the front cover of Volume III, each affecting a small portion of the gilt rules; a few small areas of slight discoloration to the covers; free endpapers browned at the edges from turn-in glue.

    Volume I with a small stain to the upper edge of the front free endpaper, front flyleaves, and half-title; a smaller stain to the upper edge of the rear free endpaper, rear flyleaves, and final leaf of text (Q12); half-inch tear and tiny crease to the upper blank margin of C3 (pages 33/34); tiny repaired tear and tiny piece torn from the outer edge of E6 (pages 83/84); tiny hole in H6 (pages 155/156), touching one letter on the recto; small stain to the outer margin of D1-D3 (pages 49-54); N6 (pages 275/276) diagonally creased before printing, affecting a couple of letters of the verso; horizontal tear to N12 (pages 287/288), almost invisibly repaired, just affecting a few letters on the verso, with no loss; tiny hole in O12 (pages 311/312), affecting one letter on the recto; diagonal tear into the text of P7 (pages 325/326), repaired in the outer margin, and affecting a couple of letters on the verso.

    Volume II with a small stain to the upper edge of the front free endpaper and the first front flyleaf; faint dampstain to the outer edge of the front free endpaper, front flyleaves, and half-title; two ink spots and a smudge in the lower margin of page 25, affecting one letter in the last line; small piece torn from the upper corner of C12 (pages 47/48); D9 (pages 65/66) creased before printing, affecting a couple of letters on both recto and verso; short tear to the lower blank margin of K1 (pages 193/194); short cut to the outer blank margin of O3 (pages 293/294).

    Volume III with a diagonal, mostly marginal, crease to C1, affecting one letter on the verso, tiny (rust?) spot on page 45, affecting one letter; small stain in the outer margin of D11-E1 (pages 69-74); tiny hole in F7 (pages 109/110), affecting one letter on the recto and two on the verso; ink smudge affecting the pagination on page 117; tiny (rust?) stain on K11 and K12 (pages 213-216), affecting one letter on page 214; small piece torn from the lower corner of L2 (pages 219/220); tiny hole in O8 (pages 303/304), affecting two letters on the recto.

    Slight browning and offsetting of the text, as usual, and some occasional light foxing. There are a few additional leaves with tiny marginal tears or paper flaws, and some additional, mostly marginal, ink smudges or faint stains. A few pages are unevenly printed (with words faintly printed or letters over-inked and smudged). Despite the above-mentioned flaws, this is an excellent copy, in a very attractive binding.

    "Mansfield Park is stated to have been begun about February 1811, and to have been completed 'soon after June, 1813'...It was being read by Henry Austen between March 2 and 9, 1814, presumably in proof sheets...On May 23 and 27 it was advertised in the Morning Chronicle, and was no doubt published, again at 18s., at the end of May. The size of the edition was moderate, probably about 1500 copies, and John Murray, the publisher of the second edition, expressed his surprise thereat...Although 'it was entirely sold out in the autumn' [by November, 1814]...no second edition was printed until 1816" (Keynes, pages 11-12).

    Gilson A6. Keynes, Austen, 6. Sadleir 62c.


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