AUSTEN, Jane; THOMSON, Hugh (illustrator).

Pride and Prejudice.


Pride and Prejudice.

London, George Allen, 1894.

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The first edition of this title to include illustrations with the text since Bentley’s edition (first published in 1833) only contained an illustrated frontispiece.

Hugh Thomson (1860-1920) renowned illustrator, in pen and ink, of classic titles; he was born in Ireland where 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, first impression of “the Peacock edition”; 8vo; frontispiece, title vignette and illustrations by Hugh Thomson, facsimile dedication from Thomson, a little minor foxing, hinges pulling slightly with some splitting to endpapers; 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, spine with shelf-lean (as often with this title), slight rubbing to corner tips, but overall a very good copy.



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