VOLUME THE FIRST, VOLUME THE SECOND, VOLUME THE THIRD


VOLUME THE FIRST, VOLUME THE SECOND, VOLUME THE THIRD

JANE AUSTEN & K. SUTHERLAND    Book Number: 83461    Product format: Hardback

Jane Austen (1775-1817) produced her first 'books' as a teenager and these facsimile notebooks contain her stories, playlets, verses and other pieces. She wrote from the ages 11 or 12 to 18. None of the novels completed and published exists in manuscript form, making her juvenilia rare examples of fiction to survive completely intact in her own hand. Each of our three volumes includes transcriptions of the text, after the facsimile pages for the reader's convenience. The first volume includes rollicking and amusing tales of debauchery, brawling and even murder, stories dedicated to and written to amuse her family members and parodies of popular fiction of the time. An unfinished tale of Mr Clifford who lived at Bath who set off to see London 'One Monday morning determined to feast his eyes on a sight of that great Metropolis.' The second volume includes a Wicked Conduct manual and a Young Lady's Guide to Behaving Badly, plus some of Jane Austen's funniest work including her famous parody 'The History of England' illustrated with watercolour portraits by her sister Cassandra. They are reproduced here to the very best quality possible given their age in fine facsimile reprints with a text transcription at the end. Volume the Third includes 'Evelyn', a humorous story in which a gentleman travelling to a village in Sussex finds himself offered food, wine and a bride among other things. 'Kitty, or the Bower' stars an independent, witty and outspoken heroine not unlike Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. With all scribbles and crossings out, the neat hand of Jane Austen is again reproduced in facsimile with useful transcript. This 'In Her Own Hand' three volume set comprises 256pp, 336pp and 192pp respectively. With satin bookmarkers, illustrated.
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