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Lot 87
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Austen, Jane

Estimate
4,000 - 6,000 GBP
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Description

  • Austen, Jane
  • Northanger Abbey and Persuasion. John Murray, 1818
  • ink on paper
12mo, four volumes, first edition, signed "F C Fowle" on each title page, later calf with lettering pieces in red and green morocco on spine, marbled endpapers, occasional light spotting and browning, occasional minor repairs to some leaves, some minor worming to two final gatherings of volume three, contemporary ownership signatures to title-pages

Literature

Gilson A9

Catalogue Note

A set of Austen's posthumously published novels in an attractive binding to a contemporary design.

It appears that this set was the property of the Revd Fulwar-Craven Fowle (1764-1840). He was a pupil of Rev. George Austen at Steventon between 1778 and 1781. He is occasionally mentioned in Austen's letters; it appears he participated in a game of vingt-un in 1801 and sent a brace of pheasants in 1815. Fulwar-Craven Fowle's brother, Thomas (1765-1797) had been engaged to Cassandra Austen in 1792.

Deirdre Le Faye notes that he had "an impatient and rather irascible nature" and "did not bother to read anything of Emma except the first and last chapters, because he had heard it was not interesting" (see Jane Austen's Letters, 1995, p. 525).
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