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Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Art by Augusta Talbot, Arion Press, 76 of 300



Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

Illustrated with Ten Color Collages by Augusta Talbot

Arion Press, 2017, Signed Limited Edition, 76 of 300

Signed by Augusta Talbot

MINT Condition – Still in the Publisher’s Original Packaging

This is a signed limited edition of “Sense and Sensibility” published by the Arion Press in 2017 with a limitation of 300 this being number 76. From the publisher, “We are proud to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of the revered English novelist Jane Austen with a special letterpress printed edition of Sense and Sensibility, the first of her novels to be published. Originally written in 1797, when the author was only 19, as a series of letters between the sisters Elinor and Marianne Dashwood, it was retold as straight narrative for publication, anonymously and at her own expense, in 1811. Its plot finds the young heroines turned out of their family estate by greedy relatives after their father dies. Suddenly without the securities of home, wealth, and position, the sisters struggle to rebuild their lives in a society ruled by money and class distinctions.”

“To illustrate the novel, we commissioned ten collages from the American painter and collage artist Augusta Talbot. Her pieces combine familiar representational depictions of Austen’s characters with new imagery from sources both expected and unexpected. Fragments of the black and white Hugh Thomson line drawings from the 1896 Sense and Sensibility provide recognizable faces and torsos for Marianne, Elinor, Willoughby, Edward, Lucy Steele and other characters, while their postures and placement express a modern insight into how pressures, often of a financial nature, distort their behavior.”

The book is designed on the scale and in the spirit of novels from Jane Austen’s lifetime. The book is small octavo in format, 8 inches by 5 and 1/2 inches, 376 numbered pages. The type, printed by letterpress, is Bell, composed and cast in Monotype, with larger sizes handset, and Union Pearl handset for display. The paper is Mohawk Letterpress Text. The binding is Smyth-sewn with a full cloth cover and a leather label stamped with genuine gold. The book is presented in a slipcase. The ten prints are tipped onto the pages by hand.

The book is signed by Augusta Talbot. Accompanying the book is the original prospectus.

The book and slipcase are in MINT condition still in the publisher’s original packaging.

Stock publisher’s photograph of the binding and illustrations in the book appear in the photo section of the listing.

About the Arion Press

Since its inception in 1974, the Arion Press has published 118 deluxe limited editions that are breathtaking in their scope and artistry. Combining notable literature illustrated with original artwork from prominent artists, Andrew Hoyem and his team at the Arion Press have carried on the tradition of the livre d’artiste in spectacular fashion. Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times put it best when he wrote, "The Arion Press produces some of the most beautiful limited-edition, hand printed books in the world."