Hammond, Chris. Hard Cover. London: The Gresham Publishing Co. First Thus. Very Good.
[c. 1900]. Illustrated by Chris Hammond, Introduction by William Keith Leask. First edition thus. Publisher's blue cloth, with art deco peacock feather design by Talwin Morris, gray coated endpapers. Very good, with some very light scattered foxing to edges and endpapers, a few light spots to cloth, and some wear to spine ends. Overall, a pleasing and sturdy copy of this delightfully designed and illustrated edition of the Austen classic. Gilson E96. Austen's second work, Pride and Prejudice, is her most famous and one of the most popular books ever written. The unforgettable story of the Bennet sisters quickly sold out of the first printing, and remains a beloved novel today over 200 years after its first publication. Austen was highly praised by Sir Walter Scott, among others, for her proficiency in describing human emotions and the complexity of relationships. Pride and Prejudice established Austen as one of the most relevant and important female writers of her time, and its popularity is a prime example of why she is so highly regarded even today. Indeed, in his introduction to this edition, noted critic George Saintsbury declares "unhesitatingly" that Pride and Prejudice is "the most perfect, the most characteristic, and the most eminently quintessential of its author's works."