New York: Pantheon Books, circa 1950. Six octavo volumes, original black cloth spines lettered in gilt, colorful floral patterned paper boards. Introduction by series editor Alan Hodge in each volume. Gilt lettering slightly dulled, original publisher's patterned paper slipcase worn.
Popular midcentury edition of Jane Austen’s collected works, with introductions by Alan Hodge, complete in six vibrantly colored volumes: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. “It is always incomprehensible to a man that a woman should ever refuse an offer of marriage. A man always imagines a woman to be ready for anybody who asks her.” The Novel Library series was originally published in England by Hamish Hamilton; this New York set’s bright floral boards are inspired by the Curwen Press designs on the London edition. A near-fine set of the works of one of the greatest English novelists.