Jane Austen

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Brief Biography
Jane Austen, (1775-1817), was a quintessential British female novelist. Her output was far from prolific but every title remains a cornerstone of classic period English literature. There have been countless film and television adaptations which have kept her work within the domain of new generations. The books, are of course, amongst the most collectable works of fiction in the world and consequently very valuable. Premium prices are achieved when still in original bindings. The majority of the books were rebound in leather, either contemporaneously or subsequently. The presence of the original bindings will roughly triple the value. Given the rarity and value of true first editions, Jane Austen's books remain out of reach to all but the most serious and affluent collectors. A viable alternative is to collect early reprints which is still very rewarding and more realistic for most. All titles remain in print but anyone seeking rare, second-hand or first edition books can consult our find a bookseller section.

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The Novels of Jane Austen
 
Title   Date Notes
Sense and Sensibility Egerton 1811 3 volumes. originally blue boards with a brown backstrip or pink boards and a cream backstrip. About 700 to 1,000 copies were produced
Pride and Prejudice Egerton 1813 3 volumes. Blue paper boards, brown paper spine an d white label, approximately 1,500 copies were printed
Mansfield Park Egerton 1814 3 volumes. Once again blue boards, brown spine and white labels. 1,250 copies are  believed to have been produced
Emma John Murray 1816 3 volumes. Brown paper boards and spine or blue boards and blue backstrip. 2,000 copies
Northanger Abbey and Persuasion John Murray 1818 4 volumes. Blue-grey boards and brown paper spines or pink boards and spines. 1,750 copies

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