London: Richard Bentley, 1833 (but 1832). First edition thus. Hardcover. xv, 331 pp., engraved frontispiece inserted, vignette title page, 8-pp catalogue of publications of A. J. Valpy inserted between front free endpaper and half-title (series title); 12mo, publisher's plum-colored glazed linen boards with original black morocco spine labels printed in gold, plain endpapers. Nearly imperceptible mend to spine preserving all original materials, spine faded, loss of one letter on series spine label, foxing to frontispiece, tissue guard, and vignette title page, scattered foxing to text, overall about very good. Item #22889
Jane Austen's first published novel, Sense & Sensibility, was first issued in 1811 by T. Egerton, followed by a 1813 reprint by the same publisher. The present volume, published on December 28, 1832 is the first issue of the Richard Bentley edition, and represents the third edition of the title overall. Bentley's edition precedes the February, 1833 first US edition by nearly 2 months. Text includes the "Memoir of Miss Austen" uncredited here but ascribed to Jane's brother, the Rev. Mr. [Henry] Austen elsewhere. Gilson D1, Sadleir XIX Century Fiction, vol. 2, pp. 104-105 (distinguishing Bentley's "Collected Edition" of Jane Austen's works published later in 1833 from the original individual publications in the Standard Novels series). A lovely copy in the scarce first issue cloth.