[Austen, Jane] Mansfield Park. Jane Austen.

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[Austen, Jane] Mansfield Park

Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, 1832.

First American edition. Two Volumes. Original publisher's cloth-backed, drab boards, lettering labels on spine (trace remnants, small contemporary institutional labels perished or remnant only). The exceedingly scarce first American edition, virtually non-existent in the original binding. One of 1250 printed. Very few copies of Austen American first editions have survived. As of 1997, "no appearance of the 1832 Mansfield Park at auction has been trace" (Gilson, rev. ed., 1997). A part from this copy, a survey of ABPC and AE records only one unsophisticated copy sold in the last 30 years (Gilson B4). Volumes cocked, few short splits at spine tips, generally light wear and staining to boards, corners rubbed, hinges tend, pastedowns loosened volume 1, scattered foxing throughout, occasionally heave volume 2, small chips at deckle, old penciled numerals on front endpapers, paper repairs on two leaves in volume 1 with no loss of text.

Price: $8,500.00   Item #1948

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