Sense and Sensibility

1912, illustrated by Hugh Thomson, a good reading copy


Jane Austen, illustrated by Hugh Thomson, and with an introduction by Austin Dobson


Macmillan, London, 1912
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Printing Details

Reprint. Small hardback, bound in red cloth with gilt decoration and titling to spine and upper board. xvi, 17.5 × 11cm, 342pp, with 40 black and white illustrations by Hugh Thomson.

Two sisters of opposing temperaments but who share the pangs of tragic love provide the subjects for Sense and Sensibility. Elinor, practical and conventional, is the epitome of sense; Marianne, emotional and sentimental, the embodiment of sensibility. To each comes the sorrow of unhappy love: Elinor desires a man who is promised to another while Marianne loses her heart to a scoundrel who jilts her. Their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters—and true love finally triumphs when sense gives way to sensibility and sensibility gives way to sense.


A fair copy but perfectly readable. The red cloth is rubbed and bumped with a little mottling, the endpapers are rather grubby but the main body of text in good order. A previous owner has written a poem opposite the half-title.



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