Advertisement by the Authoress, to Northanger Abbey
This little work was finished in the year 1803, and intended for immediate publication. It was disposed of to a bookseller, it was even advertised, and why the business proceeded no farther, the author has never been able to learn. That any bookseller should think it worth-while to purchase what he did not think it worth-while to publish seems extraordinary. But with this, neither the author nor the public have any other concern than as some observation is necessary upon those parts of the work which thirteen years have made comparatively obsolete. The public are entreated to bear in mind that thirteen years have passed since it was finished, many more since it was begun, and that during that period, places, manners, books, and opinions have undergone considerable changes.
to dispose of ⇒ To give or transfer to someone else, especially permanently; (here) To sell.
farther ˈfɑːðə adv To or at a greater extent or degree or a more advanced stage: further
obsolete ˈɒbsəliːt adj No longer used, out of date.
entreat ɪnˈtriːt v To make an earnest request: beg, pray, appeal, implore, plead with
to bear in mind ⇒ To remember.