Jane Austen gifts & toys

Image of Jane Austen license plate




I wept the day I moved away from the state of California. My family thought that I was being sentimental, and rightly so. I had lived there all of my life. I was leaving friends, connections and fair weather. Reason enough to be sad. Truth-be-told, I had just learned that the state of Washington did not offer a heart character in their personalised license plates. I would not be able to re-create my favourite Jane Austen toy; – – my ‘heart’ JAUSTN license plate. Oh misery and woe, you are cruel companions!

My next shock was when I visited the state automobile registration office to apply for a new license. When the clerk coldly asked me to hand over my California plates, you never saw someone walk so decisively out of a government office. Total knee jerk reaction. I didn’t even realize what I had done until I hit the street. Phew! Only Lydia Bennet’s stealth elopement had more velocity.

I can’t tell you how I managed to keep them, because I like my freedom.

Image of the Pemberley ShoppeThere are so many ways that Janeites can celebrate our passion for our favourite authoress. The Republic of Pemberley has a wonderful selection of Austen inspired items at their Pemberley Shoppe. Recently my favourite item is the 2008 wall calendar entitled Aimable Rancor, featuring twelve months of inspiring Regency images and pert quotes by, – – you guessed it, – – Jane Austen. Image of Pemberley 2008 Aimable Rancor Wall CalenderPemberley’s items are so clever and beautifully designed that it is difficulty to decide which one to gift to a dear friend, or hoard for myself. Purchases are guilt free though, since the profits benefit a most deserving web site, The Republic of Pemberley.

What are your most amusing and or cherished Jane Austen items? Image of Peacock edition of Pride & Prejudice, published by George Allen, London (1894)Are you the lucky owner of the elusive Jane Austen bobble-head, or the highly collectible ‘peacock’ edition of Pride & Prejudice from 1894? Do you live in your Mrs. Darcy wanabe T-shirt? How many copies of the 1995 Pride & Prejudice have you gone through? Tell all.  


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  1. can anyone tell me where to get this great Jane Austen bobble head????? a friend of mine is dying for one and i would love to get it for her.


  2. Hello Brooke, thank you for your inquiry. The Jane Austen bobble-head was a promotional item by Greenwood Publishing Group for their book “All Things Austen” in 2005. I do not believe that they are presently for sale. If so, I would be first in line! I have seen them for sale on eBay, but not often, so good luck.

    Cheers, Laurel Ann


  3. I bought the Peacock Edition of Pride and Prejudice when I was in London two years ago… and just now realized that it’s actually rare. Now, I’d have to check again, but I believe my copy is from the early 1900’s… does that still count as being one of the rare collective books, or not? Is this considered a first edition? Because all the info I’ve found says that the Peacock Edition is a first edition, but the copy I have is (again I’d have to double-check the copyright date) from the early 1900’s. How does this whole “first edition” classification work exactly?


    1. Hi Annie, the peacock edition of P&P was first published in 1894. I can not make any comment about yours being a first edition since you do not know the publication date. This edition was reprinted several times and according to A Bibliography of Jane Austen, by David Gilson 25,000 copies were sold by Geo Allen its publisher by 1907. All editions of this book are collectible. The condition is a big factor on price and of coure if it is indeed a first editon. You should seek adivce from an antiquarian book seller. I am no expert. You are lucky to own it.


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