The Novels of Jane Austen. Jane Austen.
The Novels of Jane Austen

The Novels of Jane Austen

Hardcover, Edinburgh: John Grant, 1911. Very Good. Winchester Edition. Complete matched set of 12 volumes including: EMMA (2 vols. ) , MANSFIELD PARK (2 vols. ) , NORTHHANGER ABBEY (1 vol. ) , SENSE AND SENSIBILITY (2 vols. ) , PERSUASION (1 vol. ) , PRIDE AND PREJUDICE (2 vols. ) , LADY SUSAN, THE WATSONS, LETTERS (1 vol. ) , and LETTERS (1 vol. ). Original blue cloth with bright gilt titles on spine and gilt top edge. Spine age-darkened. Very Good condition with clean pages. Owner bookplate on front paste-down. No dust jackets. Protected in archival covers. At the height of WW II in 1943 while visiting the troops in North Africa, Winston Churchill was forced to his bed with pneumonia. Churchill continues the story: "The days passed in much discomfort. Fever flickered in and out...The doctors tried to keep the work away from my bedside, but I defied them. They all kept on saying, 'Don't work, don't worry,' to such an extent that I decided to read a novel. I had long ago read Jane Austen's SENSE AND SENSIBILITY, and now I thought I would have PRIDE AND PREJUDICE. Sarah (his daughter) read it to me beautifully from the foot of the bed. I had always thought it would be better than its rival. What calm lives they had, those people! No worries about the French Revolution, or the crashing struggle of the Napoleonic Wars. Only manners controlling natural passion as far as they could, together with cultured explanations of any mischances. All this seemed to go very well with M and B (May & Baker, the pharmaceutical firm that supplied his anti-pneumonia drugs)." Heavy Set-will require additional postage. [Item #869]

Price: $2,100.00

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