Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen - 1894 Peacock edition


Pride and Prejudice, authored by Jane Austen and first published in 1813, weaves a captivating narrative that immerses readers in the genteel society of early 19th-century England. Set against the backdrop of rural estates and grand manors, the novel unfolds as a timeless exploration of love, class, and societal expectations.

The story unfolds in the village of Longbourn, where the Bennet family resides. The Bennets, with their five daughters—Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia—are introduced into a society where social standing, connections, and financial considerations play pivotal roles in the pursuit of advantageous marriages.

At the novel's core is the spirited and independent Elizabeth Bennet, whose wit and intelligence set her apart in a society where marriage is often driven by financial considerations rather than love. Early in the narrative, the arrival of the wealthy and eligible bachelor Mr. Charles Bingley in the neighboring Netherfield Park sets the stage for a series of social engagements, bringing the Bennet family into the orbit of Bingley and his aloof friend, Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

The intricate dance of manners and misunderstandings unfolds as Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy engage in a verbal sparring match that conceals deeper emotions. Austen's narrative masterfully explores themes of pride, prejudice, and the gradual evolution of self-awareness and personal growth.

As the plot unfolds, Elizabeth's initial disdain for Mr. Darcy transforms into a complex dance of attraction and repulsion. The characters grapple with societal expectations, familial obligations, and the complexities of romantic entanglements. The novel's title encapsulates the central theme: the journey from pride and prejudice to understanding and acceptance.

Austen's keen observations of human nature are evident in her portrayal of a cast of characters, each intricately drawn with their quirks, flaws, and virtues. From the endearing Jane Bennet to the pompous Mr. Collins and the scandalous Lydia Bennet, the characters populate a world where social intricacies and personal relationships are delicately balanced.

Pride and Prejudice stands as a testament to Austen's narrative prowess, satirical wit, and keen social commentary. The novel transcends its historical setting, offering readers a timeless exploration of love, individuality, and the complexities of navigating societal expectations. It remains a classic work celebrated for its sharp dialogue, memorable characters, and enduring insights into the human condition. As readers traverse the elegant landscapes of Hertfordshire and Derbyshire within the pages of this beloved novel, they become witnesses to a narrative that continues to captivate hearts and minds across generations.

Featuring 160 vintage illustrations by Hugh Thomson and the legendary "Peacock" edition cover and designs.
Jane Austen's masterpiece Pride and Prejudice is available in one of its most desirable illustrated formats--the 1894 rare large paper limited edition featuring a wealth of Hugh Thomson illustrations.

Only 275 copies of the Large Paper Edition were ever published, and original copies are advertised online for up to $9,000!

This incredible leather-bound Pride and Prejudice edition boasts all 160 Hugh Thomson illustrations, as well as the beloved "Peacock" cover and spine designs from the 1894 trade edition.
8" x 10", 512 pages

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