Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen, John Ward (illustrator) 1985 - Nottingham Court Press, London - The Godmersham Edition, one of 750 copies '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.'

A finely bound copy of one of the most loved and admired English novels of all time, enhanced by John Ward’s wood engravings, that were used to produce this edition in aid of Godmersham Church, where Jane Austen herself would have worshipped when visiting her brother Edward at Godmersham Park House.

In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.

Austen’s unmistakably witty satire of a country squire marrying off his five spirited, daughters is a wonderful tale of humour and romance.

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.

Octavo (25.5 x 17.5 cm) pp. [2] xii, 378 [8].
  Bound in recent magenta half morocco over matching cloth, spine with raised bands and gilt lettering, top edge light pink, with original explanatory endpapers bound in at rear.   Condition: Fine   Ref: 108955   Price: HK$ 3,000