Preview of Sense and Sensibility: The Bath Bicentenary Edition

Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen (Bath Bicentenary Edition) 2011In celebration of the 200th anniversary of the publication of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Palazzo Editions Limited in Bath, England is publishing a deluxe hardcover edition available in September in the UK and January 2012 in the US. Illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, one of my favorite Austen artist who worked on the famed Folio Society editions of Pride and Prejudice, Emma and Persuasion, this very special collectors edition is the first in the series of Jane Austen’s classic novels that Palazzo plans to produce. Here are the particulars:

  • Full unabridged text of Jane Austen’s beloved novel
  • 11 color & black & white illustrations by Niroot Puttapipat
  • Introduction by Katharine Reeve
  • Hardcover with quarter-binding (332) pages
  • Palazzo Editions (September 1, 2011 in the UK & January 1, 2012 in the US)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0956494245

Sense and Sensibility, the first of Jane Austen’s published novels, started out as Elinor and Marianne, which Jane first wrote when she was only twenty years old. Originally entitled after its two heroines, Elinor and Marianne, the novel tells the tale of sensible Elinor Dashwood, the older of the two sisters, who believes in privacy, propriety and logic, and flighty Marianne who follows her heart without so much as a second thought for the consequences. The story unfolds following the death of the sisters father, and recounts how the two women fall in love, have their hearts broken, and finally understand the need for both ‘sense and sensibility’ in order to find lasting happiness.

Jane Austen made final revisions to her early work in 1809, having re-titled it Sense and Sensibility, and it was published in October 1811. As much a commentary on social etiquette as a story about love and belonging, this timeless favorite illuminates Jane Austen’s world.

This beautiful new edition, published to coincide with the bicentary of the book’s original publication, brings together Jane Austen’s complete and unabridged text with original color plates and silhouettes by Niroot Puttapipat, each capturing the spirit of Regency England.

Sense and Sensibility is the first of six specially produced ‘Bath Bicentenary Editions of Jane Austen’, each published to coincide with the bicentenary of their first publication and suitably to be published by Palazzo Editions of Bath, England

We plan to review this new edition on September 28th during our monthly installment of reviews for The Sense and Sensibility Bicentenary Challenge and will be giving away a copy to one lucky winner. Be sure to mark your calendars and return for the review & giveaway.

Cheers,

Laurel Ann

© 2007 – 2011 Laurel Ann Nattress, Austenprose

14 thoughts on “Preview of Sense and Sensibility: The Bath Bicentenary Edition

  1. In 1956 my fellow Saint Louisan Chuck Berry released his rock anthem “Roll Over, Beethoven.” Although I like “classical” music, in that same impertinent spirit, I say “Roll over, Shakespeare” — make room for Jane Austen, whose prose is a match for your poetic dramatic dialogue. I especially enjoy reading editions with her original quaint variable spelling — as refreshing as sitting outdoors on a fine day and gazing upon verdure.

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  4. If it’s illustrated by Niroot Puttapipat, I have to buy it as soon as it becomes available.
    The front cover is beautiful. Laural Ann is there any hope that when you present the book review, you could show us all eleven illustrations?
    Or perhaps Palazzo Limited wouldn’t like that? I think it could increase sales for them.

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  5. Question. Has anyone ordered this edition from Amazon UK? I wonder because I pre-ordered it since it was announced here and so far, my copy has not been dispatched, although allegedly the book was released at the beginning of September and Amazon UK keeps announcing orders are dispatched betwen 10 to 14 days. Has anyone has received his/her copy or at least has received the notification that the order has been dispatched?

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  6. The illustrations are stunning-reminded me of a gentler Arthur Rackham-I’ve got this book on my birthday wishlist!

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