Jane Austen Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Jane Austen Rare Books And Memorabilia

Jane Austen Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the celebrated British novelist Jane Austen.

Brief history/biography

Jane Austen was born on December 16th, 1775 and died on July 18th, 1817. Austen was one of the most famous English novelists in literary history, and the themes in her writing tend to focus on the state of women in a social and economic standing in England during the late 1700s and early 1800s.

Some of her most notable works include Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814), Emma (1815), Northanger Abbey (1818), which was published posthumously) and she also wrote numerous short-fiction stories and poems during her life as well.

Types of Jane Austen Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

Sotheby's in London sold:

  • A first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for £55,450 in December of 2000.
  • A first edition copy of Sense and Sensibility (1811) for £29,000 in December of 2000.
  • A first edition copy of Northanger Abbey (1818) for £22,100 in December of 2000.
  • A first edition copy of Emma (1816) for £25,550 in December of 2000.
  • A first edition copy of Northanger Abbey (1818) for £31,200 in December of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of Emma (1816) for £26,400 in March of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for £31,070 in December of 2002.
  • Another first edition copy of Sense and Sensibility (1811) for £33,600 in March of 2005.

Sotheby's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of Mansfield Park (1814) for $69,750 in December of 2001.
  • A first edition copy of Northanger Abbey (1818) for $69,750 in December of 2001.
  • A first edition copy of Sense and Sensibility (1811) for $81,250 in December of 2001.
  • A first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for $48,000 in June of 2004.
  • A first edition copy of Sense and Sensibility (1811) for $21,600 in December of 2004.
  • A first edition copy of Emma (1816) for $22,600 in December of 2001.
  • A first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for $43,875 in December of 2001.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of Sense and Sensibility (1811) for $32,500 in December of 2009.
  • A first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for $47,500 in June of 2008.
  • Another first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for $52,500 in December of 2009.
  • Another first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for $45,600 in December of 2006.
  • A first edition copy of Emma (1816) for $104,500 in December of 2009.
  • A first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for $21,600 in December of 2004.

  • Christie's in London sold a first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for £23,500 in June of 2001, and another first edition copy of the same title for £26,290 in June of 2003.

  • Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold a first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for $26,000 in May of 2009, and a first edition copy of Sense and Sensibility for $38,000 in May of 2008.

  • Bloomsbury Auctions in London sold a first edition copy of Pride and Prejudice (1813) for £21,000 in May of 2010.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of Pride and Prejudice (1813), Sense and Sensibility (1811) and Emma (1816) are considered to be the most valuable among collectors.

Personal letters written by Austen are said to be extremely rare due to the fact that only 160 out of her 3,000 letters still exist today.

Restoration of an original first copy edition of any of Austen's published work is not recommended.

 

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