AUTHOR: AUSTEN, Jane.
TITLE: The Complete Works Of Jane Austen.
PUBLISHER: London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1882.
DESCRIPTION: THE STEVENTON EDITION. 6 vols., 8-1/16" x 6", with the half-titles and advertisement leaf at end in vol.1, 3 & 5, engraved frontispieces (those in volumes 1-5 engraved by Greatbatch after Pickering as in Bentley's 'edition of 1833, and portrait in volume 6 as in the Memoir of 1870), One of 375 sets printed on John Dickinson & Co. handmade paper, text printed in sepia apposed to blank ink, bound in full teal morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spines, 5 gilt decorated floral red morocco onlays to spine, covers ruled and paneled in gilt, gilt dentelles, top edges gilt, others uncut, by Krumin Of Boston.
CONDITION: Hinges fine, head and foot of spines fine, spine slightly sunned otherwise VERY GOOD.
REFERENCE: Gilson D13; Keynes 31.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: "Krumin of Boston" is a reference in a 1922 Boston trade directory that he Henry Krumin, registered as a binder and lived and or worked at 88 Moody St. in Boston. According to Allen H. Eaton who wrote "Handcrafts Of New England" in a Worcester Exhibition the Harcourt Bindery of Boston displayed a large number of books by various New England binders. There was a special group of books by Henry T. Krumin of Boston, a binder of unusual taste who was born in Russia, and his son, Harold A. Krumin, an excellent craftsman who learned to do fine binding from his father.
We were also able to locate a clamshell box in the British Library also noted as stamped "Krumin of Boston".
Jane Austen's great-nephew Cholmeley Austen-Leigh, son of the writer of the Memoir, was at that time a partner in the firm Spottiswoode & Co. who printed this set for Bentley. The Steventon Edition was the last complete edition of Jane Austen's works to be published by Bentley, it was however the first set issued by that firm in which the novels appear in the order of first publication.