London: Macmillan and Co., 1896. [Classic Literature] FIRST THOMSON ILLUSTRATED EDITION. Octavo (19 x 13cm), pp.xvi; 342. With forty wood engravings, including a frontispiece, by Hugh Thomson. Contemporary brown half morocco with raised bands, gilt titles and decoration to spine, and marbled paper over boards. Top edge gilt; others untrimmed; marbled endpapers. Many leaves quite savagely opened, taking large chunks out of the margins. Rubbing to boards and spine; some damage to raised bands. Very good. Originally titled "Elinor and Marianne", "Sense and Sensibility" was the first of Jane Austen's novels to be published, in 1811, under the pseudonym "A Lady". The contrasting personalities of two sisters are the centre of the story, supported by a wealth of satirically portrayed minor characters. The title has been adapted for film and television a number of times, most notably in Ang Lee's 1995 Academy Award winning version, starring Emma Thompson (who wrote the screenplay), with stellar support form Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman and Hugh Laurie. Hugh Thomson was born in Ireland in 1860 and moved to London in 1883. He was a widely published line artist and book illustrator, working in the golden age of late Victorian/Edwardian gift book illustration, and decorated some of the most popular works of English literature from authors such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, W.M.Thackeray, George Eliot, Oliver Goldsmith, J.M.Barrie, Nathaniel Hawthorne and Elizabeth Gaskell He died in 1920. Item #53761
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