Sense and Sensibility: a Novel. In three Volumes … the second Edition …

London: Printed for the Author, by C. Roworth … and published by T. Egerton … 1813.

3 vols., 12mo., with the half titles, but wanting the terminal blanks; a very good copy in contemporary half red morocco and marbled boards, rubbed, edges slightly worn.


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Second edition, revised by the author. The first edition had sold out in July 1813, and on 25 September Austen wrote to her brother Francis that ‘There is to be a 2d Edition of S. & S. Egerton advises it’. Apparently it was published on the same terms as the first edition, at the expense of the author; again there was a profit, but the second edition sold slowly, despite a title-page that could now announce ‘By the Author of “Pride and Prejudice”’ instead of ‘By a Lady’. Austen was still receiving small payments as late as 1817.

In revising the novel Austen made a number of minor changes. The most conspicuous alteration comes in volume I, chapter XIII, where one short paragraph is omitted following the disclosure that Miss Williams was the Colonel’s natural daughter: ‘Lady Middleton’s delicacy was shocked; and in order to banish so improper a subject as the mention of a natural daughter, she actually took the trouble of saying something herself about the weather’ (I, 155 in the first edition; I, 150 in the second). The second edition also introduces some errors.

Keynes 2; Gilson A2.