Norwalk, Connecticut: The Easton Press, 1977. Illustrated by Helen Sewell. Leatherbound. 5-5/8" x 8-1/2", xxii, 411pp, gilt decorated red full leather, raised spine bands, all edges gilt, moire endpapers, ribbon marker. Item #900352
Limited edition from the Easton series "The Greatest Books Ever Written." With a preface by Frank Swinnerton and illustrated with 42 drawings by Helen Sewell in the style of the steel engravings which were used as illustrations for the books of Jane Austen's time. Frontispiece portrait of Jane Austen from a painting by Lawrence Beall Smith commissioned for this edition. This edition designed by Daniel B. Updike and printed using 18th century Baskerfille typeface on ivory-toned vellum-finish stock.
Austen's perfect comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.