ESSENTIAL AUSTEN: Jane Austen Fashion (a review)

In two words, JANE AUSTEN FASHION is . . . a treasure! Concise and informative, its focus on Jane Austen – in comments from her letters as well as her novels – makes this little volume essential to every Austen collector.

fashionNewly republished by Moonrise Press (Ludlow, England), author Penelope Byrde’s book on fashion is now in its second regeneration. Initially published in the 70s as A Frivolous Distinction, it found a new lease on life in an expanded edition put out by Excellent Press in 1999. It has now been rescued from its consignment to used bookstores (if you were lucky enough to find a copy) by this paperback edition. May Moonrise Press profit from its belief in the continuing interest in this subject – fashion not only in Austen’s day but, more precisely, in Austen’s own life. Continue reading

The Very Pricey Jane….

The Novels and The Letters of Jane Austen, Published in 1923, based on the collation of the early editions by R.W. Chapman. The large paper edition limited to 1000 copies, sold in October on Abebooks for $4,862.


austen-novels-letters-bindingThis similar edition pictured is currently for sale on Abebooks by Peter Harrington Antiquarian Bookseller, London for $10,382.22.

Book Description: Oxford, The Clarendon Press, 1923-32, 1923. The text based on the collation of the early editions by R.W. Chapman. With notes indexes and illustrations from contemporary sources. Large Paper Edition. Limited to 1,000 sets of which 950 are for sale. 7 volumes, 8vo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spines gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. With colour and black and white illustrations. A fine set.

There are other various editions for sale as well, any number to add to your holiday wish-list!  Go to for a selection…