London: John Murray, 1818. First Edition. Hardcover. 4 vols. 1st editions of her last 2 published novels. Contemporary half calf, worn and rubbed but sound, joints strengthened (not rebacked), 2 of the 4 half–titles present (2 are not), endpapers replaced with old, sympathetic paper watermarked 1833, some stains mostly at margins, else very good, and the difference between this book in a contemporary binding and one in a new binding, is like the difference between an apple and apple scented room freshener. Very good. Item #423
Northanger Abbey parodies Gothic novels, while Persuasion is about loneliness. I’ll praise and berate the Gothic another time, but in good news for the lonely, scientists report that they are developing a pill to cure the despair of romantic isolation, unaware that we already have one called a Cinnabon.