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Pride and Prejudice.

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Pride and Prejudice.

Stock Code 110108

London, George Allen, 1894

First edition of the Peacock Edition. The 'Peacock Edition' of Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen, with the stunning gilt cover designed by Hugh Thomson; this copy in the finest condition we have ever encountered.

Hugh Thomson (1860-1920) was a renowned illustrator, in pen and ink, of classic titles. Born in Ireland his skills as an illustrator were recognised while still a teenager. Consequently Thomson was trained by John Vinycomb, the head designer at Marcus Ward & Co., a prominent Belfast publishing house. He subsequently moved to England, working from 1883 for MacMillan & Co., illustrating all six of Jane Austen's novels and other literary classics. By 1900 he had become one of the most popular illustrators of his time. However, during the First World War there was less demand for his style of work and he took a job with the Board of Trade until his untimely death from heart disease.

First edition of the Peacock edition; 8vo (185 x 125 mm); frontispiece, title vignette and illustrations by Hugh Thomson, the usual offsetting from frontispiece the age-toned tissue-guard, slight toning to extremities of remaining leaves and a few minor spots to verso of to endpapers and half-title but unusually clean otherwise; publisher's dark green cloth cloth with the stunning gilt depiction of a peacock on an urn to upper cover and related gilt decoration to spine, gilt edges, slight shelf-lean, toning to spine, mild bumping to extremities and mottling to rear board (as is common), otherwise a very good-plus copy.

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Shapero Rare Books is an internationally renowned dealer in antiquarian & rare books and works on paper.

Our Bookshop and Gallery can be found in the heart of Mayfair at 106 New Bond Street, where most of our stock is available to view and on public display.

We exhibit at major international art fairs, including TEFAF (Maastricht and New York), Frieze Masters, Art Miami and Masterpiece London, as well as antiquarian & rare book fairs including New York, Paris, London, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

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