Works of Jane Austen. - Jane Austen, Charles and Henry Brock (illustrators) Circa 1903 - Bigelow, New York - Edition de Luxe, Number 289 of a Limited 1000 sets ‘I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.'

An elegantly bound six volume set, comprising
Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion, The Watsons, Northanger Abbey, and Lady Susan. Beautifully illustrated with six colour frontispiece and thirty two black and white plates by the brothers Charles and Henry Brock, who both worked from the same studio in Cambridge, and have come to be widely regarded as the best illustrators of Jane Austen's novels.

Affectation of candour is common enough—one meets with it everywhere. But to be candid without ostentation or design—to take the good of everybody's character and make it still better, and say nothing of the bad—belongs to you alone.’
  Jane Austen [1775-1817] is fondly known for her novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion, as well as her humor, depiction of contemporary English country life and the morals of the second half of the 18th century. Publishing anonymously, Austen was only identified for the first time in one of her novels, five months after her death in 1817, by her brother Henry on the first publication of Persuasion and Northanger Abbey.

Six octavo volumes. pp. [8] 409 [3]; [10] 422 [2]; [8] 528 [2]; [8] 537 [3]; [8] 1-279 (Persuasion) [1] 281-343 (The Watsons) [3]; [6] 1-263 (Northanger Abbey) [1] 265-347 (Lady Susan) [3].
  Recently bound in tan three quarter calf over marbled boards, spines lettered and decorated in gilt with twin, dark brown and green morocco title labels, top edges gilt.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 107947   Price: HK$ 15,000