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AUSTEN, JANE. Pride and Prejudice: A Novel. In Three Volumes. By the Author of "Sense and Sensibility." 3 volumes. 170 x 100 mm. Half-titles. 12mo, 19th century tan 1/2 calf over marbled boards, spines tooled in gilt, morocco lettering piece to each, spine chipped and covers detached on vol. 1, extremities worn with abrasions, front joint of vol. 3 split and partly separated; faded ownership signatures on half-titles, occasional faint spotting. London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1813
first edition. Originally titled First Impressions, Pride and Prejudice was written between October 1796 and August 1797 when Jane Austen was not yet twenty-one. After an early rejection by the publisher Cadell who had not even read it, Austen's novel was finally bought by Egerton in 1812 for £110. It was published in late January 1813 in an edition of approximately 1500 copies. Gilson A3; Sadleir 62b.