Northanger Abbey Cover Art

Laurel Ann at Austenprose asked about the illustration by Paul Hardy in my post on Henry Tilney (see below).  This illustration was the frontispiece in an undated Blackie & Son [London] edition from the late 19th – early 20th century ~ there is an inscription dated February 1902 that reads –  “Florrie Steggles, for excellent work.”  [this is why I love inscriptions!]… what a gift for a young lady to receive!  I bought this book for its cover alone [alas! the pages are quite browned and there is only this one illustration], but the Art Nouveau unsigned decorative binding is just lovely ~ the front board is displayed here; the spine is similarly decorated, a welcome sight on the bookshelf!

 

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