Happy New Year one and all!

My hat’s off to you as we trek into a new decade!


My gift to you is a link to a new Regency novel being penned online.  Titled Good Intentions, author Catherine Spencer calls it a “homage to Jane Austen” in which she tries ” to duplicate the tone and sensibility of the nineteenth century novel, including a healthy dose of humour and romance.”  Ms. Spencer will post weekly excerpts on Sundays – here is the link to her blog for the first installment – the next is due January 3.

With hearty wishes for a safe, warm and peaceful New Year!

[Deb @ Jane Austen in Vermont]

A Book-lover’s Confession ~

Ok, 500 lashes with a wet-noodle [or maybe more??] – visit my Bygone Books Blog to see why, but a hint – it starts with the letter “K”…

Merry Christmas Everyone!

A Very Merry Christmas to everyone! ~

[Image is a vintage postcard from the 1920s]
[Posted by Deb]

A Trifle for your Holiday Table

One of my favorite recipes for the holidays is a trifle, that mix of biscuits, cream, and fruit, that makes as much a table decoration as a delicious dessert.  Here is the recipe from The Jane Austen Cookbook by Maggie Black and Deirdre Le Faye [British Museum Press, 1995]  The first part of the recipe in italics is the text from either the manuscript of Martha Lloyd’s Recipe Book or Martha Rundell’s A New System of Domestic Cookery (1806);  followed by the modern interpretation by Black and Le Faye.

A Trifle:  From Martha Lloyd’s Recipe Book, p. 35:

Take three Naple Biscuits cut them in Slices dip them in sack lay them in the bottom of your dish, then make a custard of a pint of cream & five Eggs & put over them then make a whipt Syllabub as light as possible to cover the whole the higher it is piled the handsomer it looks.


  • 1 quantity Solid Custard [see below]
  • plain Madeira cake, cut in 1-inch slice to line the bottom and 1/3 of the sides of a 2 1/2 pint [6 1/4-cup] glass bowl
  • medium dry sherry to moisten
  • 1 quantity Solid Syllabub [see below]
  • chopped, candied or crystallized fruits to decorate [optional]

The original Naples biscuits were twice-baked, hard sponge cakes stored for use when needed for eating with or in 18th-century sweet “creams”; I have used instead plain Madeira cake.  The sack (sherry) was intended to soften the biscuits, so go easy when adding it to the softer modern cake.

Make the Solid Custard first so that it is cooled (but not yet set) when you are ready to add it to the sponge cake and before you want to add the syllabub.  The dessert will then have interesting, contrasting layers.  Follow the original recipe above for adding the syllabub.  Use chopped, candied or crystallized fruits, if you wish, for a period-style decoration on top of the trifle.  [Serves 6]  [page 121]

Solid Custard: [Martha Lloyd’s Recipe Book,  p. 90]

In a quart of Milk boil and oz. of Isinglass until the latter nis dissolved, then strain it through a Sive, let it stand a short time, add the Yolks of five Eggs well beaten, mix them with the Milk & set it on the fire until it is as thick as a rich boiled Custard, sweeten & put it into a Mould to prepare it for the Table – A few Bitter Almonds or a Bay leaf will improve the flavour very much. 


  • 2 pints [5 cups]
  • 2 fresh bay leaves or 1 dried bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons powdered gelatin
  • 4 egg-yokes, beaten
  • 1-2 tablespoons caster (superfine) sugar
  • fresh bay leaves to decorate (optional)

Bring the milk with the bay leaves or leaf almost to scalding point in a saucepan, scatter on the gelatine and stir until it dissolves.  Leave to stand for a few minutes, then take out the bay and whisk in the egg yolks  and sugar.  Heat the mixture very slowly, stirring occasionally, so that it thickens before reaching the boil.  Transfer it to a decorative mould or dish and leave it to get thoroughly cold before serving.  This may take several hours.  Decorate with 1 or 2 fresh bay leaves if you like.  For a pouring custard, reduce or omit the gelatine.  [p. 61]

Solid Syllabubs: [Martha Rundell.  A New System of Domestic Cookery, 1806 ed., p. 204]

Mix a quart of thick raw cream, one pound of refined sugar, a pint and a half of fine raisin wine in a deep pan, put to it the grated peel and the juice of three lemons.  Beat, or whisk it one way half an hour,  then put it in a sieve with a bit of thin mustard laid smooth in the shallow end till next day.  Put in glasses.  It will keep good, in a cool place, ten days.


  • juice and grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon lump sugar, coarsely crushed
  • 14 fl oz [1 3/4 cups] double (heavy) cream
  • 7oz (1 cup) caster (superfine) sugar
  • 8fl oz (1 cup) medium-dry white wine
  • light sprinkling of dry English mustard powder

Beat the mixture in the bowl with an electric beater or rotary whisk until it is thick and stands in peaks.  Turn it into sparklingly clean dessert glasses and chill overnight.  As an attractive decoration, mix the reserved grated rind and crushed sugar and sprinkle this on the syllabubs just before serving. [p. 85]

Put aside half the grated lemon rind and all the lump sugar.  Mix all the rest of the ingredients in a deep bowl.  Use enough caster sugar to sweeten well but without being sickly; the exact quantity will depend on the sweetness of the wine.  Use only a thin sprinkling of mustard; it should just give “body” to the lemon and wine, not be noticable.


 Phew! that all seems exhausting, doesn’t it?  So for a simpler version [i.e the way I make it], you can use lady fingers or sponge cake, either make a soft custard or use vanilla pudding, alternate layers of the lady fingers, fresh fruit (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, kiwis, bananas, or what you will), rum to soak the cakes at each layer, top with whipped cream and strawberries to decorate… it is lovely, just watch the rum- it sinks to the bottom so the last helpings can cause inebriation! – my Fannie Farmer cookbook calls this “Tipsy Pudding” for a reason!

[Trifle image from trendir.com]

[Posted by Deb]

All Things Austen ~ a Web Round-up!

I have been out-of-town, visiting the Big Apple and the Austen exhibit at the Morgan Library – this was fabulous! –  I will report on it in a later post, but for now, there is much to make note of in the ever-busy world of Jane Austen, so will summarize as best I can – you will see that we all have our reading cut out for us!

JASNA has published its new edition of Persuasions On-Line  [Volume 30, No. 1 Winter 2009] – and note that JASNA-Vermont’s own Kelly McDonald has a published article – see this highlighted below!

 Table of Contents: from the 2009 AGM on Jane Austen’s Brothers and Sisters 


 And remember to renew your JASNA membership if you have not already done so.  JASNA is now accepting membership registrations and donations via PayPal, so this is a fine time to give a gift membership to any of your Austen-loving friends!


News from Tim Bullamore, the editor Jane Austen’s Regency World:  the January/February 2010 (No 43) edition of is published today and features the following:

  •  Sex and the city: Dan Cruickshank explains how London was built on the wages of sin
  • Comparing Jane Austen with Iris Murdoch. Dr Gillian Dooley examines similar traits in Austen’s Mansfield Park and Murdoch’s A Fairly Honourable Defeat
  • Jane’s civil rogue. Maggie Lane, consultant editor of JARW, discusses John Murray, Jane’s publisher
  • When the bubble burst: the devastation caused by the South Sea Bubble, by Joanna Brown
  • Three Creole Ladies. Paul Bethel on Empress Josephon, Fanny Nisbet and Jane Leigh Perrot
  • Prince of Prints. Inside Ackermann’s Repository of the Arts, by Sue Wilkes
  • Queen of Science, The tale of Mary Somerville, by Nelly Morrison

NEW for this issue is our Austen Quiz: test your knowledge of Jane Austen 

Plus: book reviews, My Jane Austen (Sandy Welch, who adapted Emma for the BBC) and news from JAS and JASNA [note that Elaine Bander, President of JASNA-Canada, has written an article on the Jane Austen House Tour of 2009] 

There is also the chance to win a Jane Austen audiobook set from Naxos (worth £199) 

Coming up in March/April 2010: a music special: what was on Jane Austen’s iPod, PLUS a FREE CD with every copy, featuring music from Bath in Jane Austen’s time. 

For more information or to subscribe [which you must do!], please visit:  http://www.janeaustenmagazine.co.uk/


The Chawton House Library‘s latest issue of The Female Spectator just showed up in my mailbox [Vol. 13, No. 4, Autumn 2009] with three fine articles:

  • “Charlotte Lennox’s ‘Spirited and Natural’ Marketing Strategy” by Susan Carlisle, about Lennox’s novel Henrietta (1758) and her adaptation of it into her play The Sister (1769)
  • “The History of the Novel as Glimpsed through Chawton’s Manuscripts,” by Emily C. Friedman
  • “Making Our Literary Mothers: The Case of Delarivier Manley,” by Victoria Joule

You too can receive this newsletter by becoming a Friend of the Library – for more information, visit the website here.


The Jane Austen Centre in Bath has just published its December newsletter, and it too is filled with Austen and holiday goodies:  go to this link to sign up for this free monthly e-newsletter; appended below are links to some of the December issue contents:


In celebration of Jane Austen’s 234th birthday, Cambridge University Press is pleased to offer a 20% discount* on their most recent Austen scholarship.  Search the site for the following titles:

1. Letters of Jane Austen 2 Volume Set from the Cambridge Library Collection – Literary Studies
2. Jane Austen and the Enlightenment, by Peter Knox-Shaw
3. The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Jane Austen 9 volume HB set [just in case you have an extra $900. lying around…]

Enter Discount Code MW09AUSTEN to receive your discount!
*Offer expires January 1st 2010


Masterpiece Theater: the new three-part Emma will be broadcast FINALLY in the US on January 24 – February 7.  Click here for the latest information and to view the trailer.  Masterpiece also offers the Austen addict a fun piece of selecting which of the PBS “Men of Austen” you would select for a mate – each has a full description of their best qualities and their “turnoffs” – take a look and choose – I will not tell the results, but you can rest assured that John Thorpe has come in last in this selection process! 


[oh goodness! – who to choose, who to choose…]


I’ll have more on the Morgan exhibit, but here is a short video of “Fran Lebowitz: Reflections on Austen,” part of the 16 minute “Divine Jane” video presentation that accompanies the exhibit.  The Harriet Walter [a.k.a. Fanny Dashwood] piece is also now available online.

 Stay tuned ~ more to come on the Morgan exhibit…

[Posted by Deb]

Happy Birthday Miss Austen! ~ 234 never looked so good!

[Posting this a day early – enjoy and celebrate tomorrow!]

You have doubtless been for some time in expectation of hearing from Hampshire, and perhaps wondered a little we were in our old age grown such bad reckoners but so it was, for Cassy certainly expected to have been brought to bed a month ago:  however last nightthe time came, and without a great deal of warning, everything was soon happily over.  We have now another girl, a present plaything for her sister Cassy and a future companion.  She is to be Jenny, and seems to me as if she would be as like Henry, as Cassy is to Neddy.  Your sister thank God is pure well after it, and send her love to you and my brother, not forgetting James and Philly…

[Letter from Mr. Austen to his sister Philadelphia Walter, December 17, 1775, as quoted from Deirdre Le Faye, Jane Austen, A Family Record, Cambridge, 2004, p.27.]


JASNA-Vermont celebrated Jane Austen’s birthday last Sunday, December 6th,  with our annual Birthday Tea, an Austen Emporium of gifts and books, and a fabulous lecture by Professor Philip Baruth [of UVM] on “’Badly Done Indeed’: in which Austen’s Mr. Knightley is Revealed to be a Whimsical and Emotional Teen Basket-Case!”

Despite the what-now-seems-inevitable-computer-glitch, Dr. Baruth regaled us all with his take on Mr. Knightley’s not quite hidden jealousy of Frank Churchill, at least not hidden to the careful reader.  As his starting point, Baruth summarized the remonstrance scenes in three of the novels, what he calls “re-reading the remonstrance,” the point at which the characters reveal something of themselves and understand both themselves and another far better, as in Elizabeth Bennet’s off-quoted phrase “Till this moment I never knew myself.”  In Pride & Prejudice, it is Elizabeth’s “had you behaved in a more gentleman-like manner” that sets Darcy on the road to understanding and redemption; in Northanger Abbey, when Henry Tilney rebukes Catherine Morland for her gothic-like thoughts of his father as murderer: “the visions of romance were over, Catherine was completely awakened…”; and in Emma, the Box Hill scene, when Knightley defends Miss Bates against Emma’s sad joke: “She is poor; she has sunk from the comforts she was born to; and if she lives to old age must probably sink more.  Her situation should secure your compassion.  It was badly done indeed!…” and Emma’s response:  “Never had she felt so agitated, mortified, grieved, at any circumstance in her life.  She was most forcibly struck…”

Baruth’s references to these three similar “variations on a theme” are central to the reader’s understanding of what makes a “great couple” in Austen – each must have equality, and he believes that Emma and Mr. Knightley are the most equal of all the couples – they may not appear so with the usual view that Mr. Knightley is so far superior to Emma, so mature, so above her with his ongoing corrections of her behavior.  But Baruth’s main point is that Knightley is really much more immature than appears on a first reading – he is jealous, childish, manipulative, angry and not above matchmaking a bit himself [by sending Mr. Martin off to London knowing full-well that he will see Harriet at his brother’s house].  There are a number of instances where all this is clear in the text, and Dr. Baruth pointed out several of them – his final statement that “there is no avoiding the horrible conclusion that at the precise midpoint of the novel, Knightley is actually less stable than Miss Bates!”  [HIS Miss Bates is more mature, has more penetration, and is indeed the true matchmaker of the piece!] 

So this is just a brief summation of some of Baruth’s thoughts – I have to believe that at least half of that room of over 75 people went right home to begin a re-read of Emma! – all the while looking for Austen’s hidden clues that Mr. Knightley is besotted and acting accordingly through most of the book – many of Emma’s readers have oft longed for a more romantic Knightley, and indeed I think he has been there all along!

[One funny aside of the “it was badly done indeed” quote from the book – Dr. Baruth pointed out that for some reason known only to the Hollywood crowd that this line in the movies has often been edited to “badly done, badly done indeed!”, which he thinks sounds more like what you might say to your dog after discovering a mess on the carpet!]

Anyway, lots of food for thought , especially the redemption of Miss Bates from a ridiculous chatter-box to town prophet – re-read your Emma and see what YOU find!

So now on to celebrating Jane’s 234th birthday, today, December 16, 2009.  One of the ideas I stole from the JASNA-New York Region was the composing of a birthday greeting to Jane from one of her characters, so I asked members to fire up their creative 18th-century imaginations and write a note to Jane.  Here is what we read to the crowd at the tea, all heartily received with wide laughter and applause [we also read the New York letters from their tea last year – these are on their chapter website here – scroll down to the end of the Spring 2009 newsletter for the letters.]

Birthday Greetings to Jane Austen on her 234th Birthday ~
From her devoted servants, December 6, 2009



 Dear Jane (if I may be so bold), 

Certainly those of us in the first ranks of society must take pains to do all that is right and proper, and with that in mind I am sending my very best wishes on the anniversary of your birth.  

To further celebrate the event, I would like to invite you to tea with myself and my caro sposo; it is to be a small affair, you know, with just the usual gathering of personages of good birth and breeding. I would gladly entertain you with various affecting piano pieces, which I used to play beautifully (just ask my caro sposo), but find that I am just so out of practice since becoming a married woman that no doubt you (being yet unspoken for, and so with vastly more time on your hands) would perform them far more admirably. Which puts me in mind of a jolly idea: would you like to play for us when you come? Say you will; it will be the talk of our society for ever! How clever I feel for having thought of it!

 I look forward to the honor of your acceptance of my gracious invitation. 

Yours most sincerely,
Mrs. (Augusta) Elton   

[a.k.a. Janeite Donna]


Ah, Ms. Barnum, So, very obliging of you.  Well, this is a brilliant tea party.  Oh, I declare, there’s Miss Austen,  Ah, Miss Austen, happy birthday, to be sure.  Did you ever see any thing?  Oh, look, there’s dear Ms. MacDonald.  I hope you are quite well.  So, obliged to you for the ride.  Most comfortable sedan.  Excellent time.  Never were such neighbours.  Dear Mr. Guerlain, upon my word, sir, this meeting quite in fairy-land.  Such a host of friends.  And Ms Hefferon, and Mrs. Bertolini.  How do you do?  Ah, Miss Austen’s birthday, must not forget.  Quite wonderful how she does her hair!  No hairdresser could.  Ah! Ms. Barnum, is it time for tea?

 Miss Bates babbling at the Tea
[from Janeite Marcia]


Be not alarmed, Madam, at receiving this letter, celebrating your natal day. I write without any intention of invading your privacy. However, my dearest wife has brought to my attention that without your most generous interference, she and I might never have met, might never have misunderstood and then understood each other, might never have fallen in love, and certainly might never have married. In this last point, I must disagree with my excellent wife, for once you had created Elizabeth Bennet and placed her before me, nothing (except perhaps my pride) could have kept me from loving and marrying my dearest, loveliest Elizabeth. My wife now reminds me that I digress from the aim of my missive, which is to offer you our sincerest congratulations on this your 234th birthday.  You have forever blessed the Darcy family.  Not only have you left us with your six major novels, Lady Susan, two unfinished manuscripts, your Juvenilia, and many letters, but your work has spawned hundreds (perhaps thousands) of scholarly works, fan fictions, weblogs, and twitter comments. Although to say the truth, I’m not sure I approve of the inclusion of zombies and vampires. Nonetheless, I shall endeavor to find some opportunity to convey this message to you at the Jane Austen Society of North America in Vermont Birthday Tea on a date prior to your natal day in December.

I will only add, God bless you and Janeites Deb and Kelly, as well.

Your most grateful servants,
Fitzwilliam and Elizabeth Darcy

p.s. My brother and dear friend Bingley continues to torment me about my tendency to search for words of “more than three syllables.”  Could you perhaps alter the aspect of his character that compels him to tease me? As you well know, I receive sufficient teasing from my dear wife.

[Dictated to Janeite MaryEllen, December 3, 2009.]


Dear Miss Austen:  Yes, i know you have a sister, but am not sure which of you is the elder; therefore, you could be Miss Jane. Forgive me, if i have erred.  The fire needs replenishing.  I can’t tell you the satisfaction and pleasure that your unmarried state has given me.  First, my other daughter, now wallowing in young children and vapors; next, poor Emma’s governess (and to a neighbor and one i thought of as friend!), and now and , most importantly, my poor Emma herself. Forgive me, but my former friend and neighbor, Knightley, who dandled the infant Emma on his knee, has finally , after all these years, persuaded her to join him in the hateful condition of marriage.  The final and worst betrayal.   Again, dear Miss. A., why couldn’t they all follow your good example of productive spinsterhood?  There would be room by my fire.    

Yours faithfully,    Mr. Woodhouse   

[a.k.a. Janeite Ann]


My Dearest Jane,

 Oh! My heart is all a flutter that today is your birthday! – just think, you can celebrate with us and the four and twenty families I have invited for tea. I am so glad that Mr. Bennet took it upon himself to visit you … it is not often that he leaves his library. 

We are hoping that our new neighbor, Mr. Bingley [who has I hear 5000 pounds a year!] will come, and hopefully NOT bring his odious sisters [oh dear, that Mr. Hurst will surely get drunk and perhaps propose a duel with my Mr. Bennet!],  and certainly NOT bring that supposed friend of his, Mr. Darcy, who should really have stayed in Town! – even his 10,000 pounds a year cannot make me wish him for one of my daughters  [why ever dear Miss Austen did you make him so insufferably proud – it is after all hard to ignore that 10,000 pounds, not to mention his elegant looks – you must know how this Colin Firth has put your infamous “Mr. Darcy” into the heart of EVERY breathing female, and an icon with whom all the males in the land cannot possibly compete – whoever was the model for this fellow, we would all very much like to know, I can tell you that…]  Anyway, all is likely lost and Mr. Bingley will not come to tea, as Mr. Bennet has yet to make his acquaintance – he has perhaps used his time unwisely by visiting with you instead… 

But, oh, my nerves! [you did, Miss Austen, certainly saddle me with an abundance of the vapors!] – Mary is practicing the pianoforte just for your pleasure [but more importantly she will want to take you aside to discuss the finer points of one of Mr. Fordyce’s sermons that she is forever grappling with], and shopping-crazed Lydia has just bounded in with the most hideous bonnet imaginable; and to finish me off, Hill is calling – there is, it seems, a PIG in the parlor…. Oh my poor, poor nerves! 

Mrs. Bennet 

Oh, P.S. Happy Birthday…

 [a.k.a. Janeite Deb]


So we wish Jane a most Happy Birthday today!

Two questions:

  • Did you know that this is also the day that Charles Musgrove married Mary Eliot?  I wonder why Austen chose her own birthday for this? – any ideas??
  • And why of all the Austen children [James, George, Edward, Henry, Cassandra, Francis, Jane and Charles] is Jane the only one with no middle name?

[birthday cake image from Sweet Pea Bakery in Bozeman Montana]

[Posted by Deb]

Marvel-Mania yet again! ~ the ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Comic Book

I have posted in the past on the Marvel Comics five issue series of Pride & Prejudice [you can see these posts here: issues one, two, three, four, and five] ~ but now the hardcover issue is available for purchase at your local comic book store.  It is a lovely book, with a dust jacket [picturing the cover of the first issue] and including a title page [of Elizabeth sitting on a stone wall reading Mr. Darcy’s letter], an introduction by the adapter Nancy Butler, and illustrations of all five covers appended at the end.  A must-have addition to your Austen collection… or a special gift for your Austen-fanatic friends…


See Marvel Comics for more information.

[Posted by Deb]

Starring in ‘Pride & Prejudice’ …. YOU!

Have you always wanted to actually BE Elizabeth Bennet? – sitting at the  pianoforte [playing just passably] with Mr. Darcy staring at you from across the room? or having the gumption to turn down his first marriage proposal, despite those £10,000? or how about putting your mother-in-law in the shoes of Lady Catherine? or your snobbiest acquaintance in those of Miss Bingley?

Well, you can!  and like in P&P and Zombies, where it seems that just about anyone can take Austen’s text and fiddle with it at will, bending it to their own means, now you can have the complete book but with the main characters names changed to those of your own choosing, all bound up nicely in a paperback edition that you can send out to all your friends, and all this for only $22.99!  


Here is the list of  “Characters to Customize” ~

  • Elizabeth Bennet smart, strong woman, not afraid to state her opinion
  • Jane Bennet beautiful, timid, and beloved by her sister, Elizabeth
  • Charles Bingley friendly, handsome, rich, young aristocrat, and good friend of F. Darcy
  • Fitzwilliam Darcy wealthy, reserved, and intelligent friend of Charles Bingley, brother of Georgiana, and nephew of Lady Catherine
  • George Wickham attractive, suave, self-interested soldier
  • Lydia Bennet immature, outgoing younger sister of Jane and Elizabeth
  • Catherine Bennet follower of her older sister Lydia in action and personality
  • Mary Bennet dry, pedantic, and socially awkward Bennet sister
  • Georgiana Darcy sweet, kind, and perhaps naive sister to F. Darcy
  • Catherine de Bourgh archetypical dowager, aunt to Georgiana and F. Darcy, stern, opinionated and used to getting her way
  • Caroline Bingley snooty sister of Charles Bingley

For more information visit MyCustomNovel.com, where you can add in your own dedication, choose your own covers and turn your best friend into Jane Bennet…


There are also several other titles for making personalized copies, classics all:

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • Anne of Green Gables
  • Alice in Wonderland
  • Black Beauty
  • The Call of the Wild
  • A Christmas Carol
  • Peter Pan
  • Treasure Island


[Sorry, “Deb in Wonderland” just doesn’t cut it…] – but I do know a few people I could substitute for Scrooge…

What character(s) name would you choose to edit as someone you know and why?

[Posted by Deb]  

Austen on the Block ~ Mansfield Park at Auction

Another auction with one Jane Austen title:  a first edition of Mansfield Park sold today at Sotheby’s for $21,250 ~

Sotheby’s  Fine Books and Manuscripts, Sale N08602, 
11 Dec 09, New York.  Session 2

 Lot 75 ~ AUSTEN, JANE

10,000—15,000 USD
Lot Sold.  Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium:  21,250 USD


Mansfield Park. London: Printed for T. Egerton, 1814    1st edition. 

3 volumes, 12mo (6⅞ x 10 in.; 750 x 553 mm). Half-titles, paper watermarked 1812; (1): tear to lower right corner of C1, loss of lower right corner of G7; (2): top of title-page cropped, closed tears on H6–7 touching 2 lines of text, loss to lower right margin of O3, lacks terminal blank O4; (3) loss to right margin of B5, loss of right upper corners of I7–8 costing one letter on I8v, lacks advertisement leaf R4 at end. Contemporary half polished calf over marbled boards, ruled in gilt, smooth spines gilt, endpapers and edges plain; joints cracked or starting, head of spines of vols. 1–2 chipped, waist and foot of spine of vol. 3 chipped. Red morocco backed folding case.


There were also a number of Shakespeare titles sold, a Dickens, a George Eliot, as well as an early illustrated Frankenstein by Mary Shelley:



5,000—7,000 USD
Lot Sold.  Hammer Price with Buyer’s Premium:  7,500 USD

Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus. Revised, Corrected, and Illustrated with a New Introduction by the Author. London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831 

Bound with:  Charles Brockden Brown. Edgar Huntly; or The Sleep Walker, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bently, 1831

 2 works in one volume, 8vo (6¼ x 4 in.; 159 x 102 mm). Engraved frontispiece and title-page vignette in Frankenstein by T. Von Holst; lacks final blank in vol. I, paper adhesion on II:B3r costing one word on A8v. Nineteenth-century full polished calf, central frame tooled in blind, gilt foliate border, the spine gilt in 5 compartments (2 reserved for red and green morocco lettering pieces), marbled endpapers and edges; minor rubbing at spine ends. Quarter brown morocco folding case.

First illustrated edition and third edition overall of Frankenstein, from “Bentley’s Standard Novels Series” (Vol. IX, first series), with Brown’s novel being Vol. X. In her introduction, Mary Shelley states that the alterations she has made to the novel are “principally those of style. I have changed no portion of the story, nor introduced any new ideas or circumstances. I have mended the language where it was so bald as to interfere with the interest of the narrative; and these changes occur almost exclusively in the beginning of the first volume [the 1818 first edition was issued in three volumes]. Throughout they are entirely confined to such parts as mere adjuncts to the story, leaving the core and substance of it untouched” (p. xii).

[All images from the Sotheby’s catalogue] –  for the catalogue and complete sale results, see the Sotheby’s website.

[Posted by Deb]

Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea! ~ December 6, 2009

If adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad….  

 [Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey] 

You are cordially invited to 
  JASNA-Vermont’s  Annual Jane Austen Birthday Tea !! 

 Sunday, 6 December 2009: 2-5 pm 


Prof. Philip Baruth * (University of Vermont)
“Badly Done Indeed: In Which Austen’s Mr. Knightley is Revealed to be a Whimsical and Emotional Teen Basket-Case”


~ Classical Harpist Rebecca Kauffman **~

 ~ English Afternoon Tea ~
~ Gift Emporium with Local Artisan Crafts & Austen related Books ~

Place: Champlain College, Hauke Family Campus Center (375 Maple St.), Burlington 
$15./ person / $5. / student
Please register by sending in the JASNA December 2009 dec tea reserve form or leave a comment below 

JASNA December 2009 flyer 

Philip Baruth is a Professor of English at the University of Vermont specializing in eighteenth-century British literature.  He is also a novelist and an award-winning commentator for Vermont Public Radio.  His most recent novel, The Brothers Boswell (Soho, 2009), is a literary thriller set in eighteenth-century London.  It follows James Boswell and Samuel Johnson as they are stalked about the city by Boswell’s jealous and mad younger brother, John.  And just recently, Philip stopped writing commentary in order to run for the State Senate from Chittenden County.  His campaign website is Baruth2010.com; his blog is Vermont Daily Briefing.

**We are honored to have Rebecca Kauffman join us for this year’s Tea! She is currently principal harpist for the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra, Harrisburg, PA, a position she has held for 29 years. She is also the second harpist with the Reading Symphony Orchestra, Reading, PA, and the former principal harpist with the Lancaster and York Symphony Orchestras, both in Pennsylvania. Rebecca has appeared as the featured soloist on numerous occasions with the Harrisburg and York Symphonies, the Millersville University-Community Orchestra, the Hershey Symphony, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra in Ithaca, NY, and the Lancaster Chamber Ensemble. She has also performed with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Delaware Symphony Orchestra, Kennett Square Orchestra, Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Binghamton NY Philharmonic. She has appeared in concert with a wide variety of concert artists.   For more information, please visit her website at RebeccaKauffman.com


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