Thursday, February 12, 2009

Jane Austen's 'Emma' sold for £180,000 at auction . . .

"Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way. " Jane Austen, Emma
English novelist (1775 - 1817)

A rare presentation copy of 'Emma' by Jane Austen fetched 180,000 pounds at an auction, setting a new record for a printed book by the British author.

Bonhams Auction House expected the three-volume edition to fetch up to 70,000 pounds, but fierce bidding drove the price up.

The seller, who was anonymous, as was the buyer, said: “The novel had been sitting in my family library for at least three generations, and it remains a mystery as to how it first got there."

The book, one of 12 presentation copies, was given by Austen to her friend Anne Sharp, who had been governess to the children of Austen's brother's children. The flyleaf was signed: “Anne Sharp, from the author."

"Emma" published shortly before Austen's death in 1817 explores the life and morals of a young woman, Emma Woodhouse, who appears to like nothing better than to act as local matchmaker, directing the love lives of friends and acquaintances.

"Take care of your antiques and they will take care of you."

I wish such a rare book would mysteriously appear in my library, don't you?

Thanks for stopping by. See you on the Internet, ♥Rosemary

Content in a Cottage


Millie said...

Would love to know more about the Buyer Rosemary - every penny of this 180GBP is worth it. What a joy to be able to indulge yourself in something so incredible. Happy weekend to you my dear.
Millie ^_^

Canadian Observer said...

Love your blog, Rosemary. Excellent format and breathtaking photos.

Would I be infringing on any copyright laws if I were to use the images as inspiration for my art?

Beverly from Montreal