Binding for Jane Austen's “Pride and Prejudice”

Hugh Thomson, designer; unsigned. signed

1894

Elaborate gilt blocking on smooth, dark green cloth.

7¼ x 4¾ inches

Thomson at his most exuberant and lyrical – a swirling Art Nouveau arabesque that cleverly reflects on the moral and spiritual nature of Jane Austen’s vain characters.

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Photograph and text by Simon Cooke

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