[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion. Jane Austen, Charles E. Brock, Illust.
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion
[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion

[Bayntun Bindings, Illustrated] The Novels of Jane Austen, Complete in Six Volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion

London; New York: J. M. Dent & Sons Ltd.; E. P. Dutton & Co., 1922.

Leather_bound. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a hundred-year-old, leatherbound, color illustrated, complete set of the novels of Jane Austen is exceeded in romance only, perhaps, by a single man in possession of a good fortune. This beautiful set was published in 1922 and bound in half calfskin and cloth over boards by the world-class Bayntun Bindery, whose firm, Bayntun-Riviere, Queen Mary would later go on to grant the appointment of Bookseller to Her Majesty (1950). This set is illustrated in 96 daintily-colored plates overall by the artist Charles E. Brock (1870–1938), with each volume featuring a tissue-guarded frontispiece, a decorative title page printed in blue and red, and 15 plates. Bindings are firm and pages unblemished, but there are some abrasions to extremities, staining to the rear board of Sense and Sensibility, and a crack to the leather at top inner corner of rear board of Persuasion, with stain atop--possibly a late night unrequited love letter-writing incident involving a wax-sealed envelope and a cup of tea gone cold as a beloved's heart? We shall never know, but it is certainly safe to presume that this edgeworn yet elegant set of Miss Austen's novels is sure to inspire only the most ardent admiration and love on any bookshelf it graces.

7 3/4" X 5 1/4". Each volume bound by Bayntun Bindery of Bath, England, with their mark to front free endpaper, in half-red calfskin, with matching cloth over boards, ruled in gilt, with six gilt-stamped compartments to spines, lettered in gilt over Morocco leather labels. Top edges gilt. Marbled endpapers in pastel pink, blue, and cream. Moderate wear to bindings, with occasional hard rubbing to extremities, faint sunning to spines, and rubbing to spine edges and exterior hinges. Bottom corners split to Sense and Sensibility, and dark staining to rear board, possibly moisture-related, but faint and not protruding any further. Small spot of soiling to upper board of Mansfield Park. Abrasion to head of spine and adjacent area to Emma and to rear top corner of Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. Small cracks to leather at top inner corner of rear board of Persuasion, with paint or wax-like stain on top of the cracks, likely a repair. Pencilled bookseller notes to verso of front free endpaper of Sense and Sensibility and small pencilled note to flyleaves of each volume. Illustrated in 96 full-color plates overall, with each volume illustrated in with a tissue-guarded frontispiece, decorative title pages in blue and red, and 15 plates each by Charles E. Brock (1870–1938). Bindings are firm and sound. Toning to edges of free endpapers. Pages are clean and unmarked. Good. Item #11186

Price: $1,525.00