Jane Austen First Editions: How Much is Yours Worth?

Just in case you were interested to know how much your first editions of Jane Austen’s works were worth, this video featuring Adam Douglas, Senior Specialist in Early Literature at Peter Harrington, a rare book dealer in London, introduces a selection of Jane Austen’s first editions and explains how bindings affect value.

We just love how he handles the books. It’s like an aphrodisiac for an Austen fan as he sensually glides his hands over first editions of Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park and speaks in reverent and seductive tones! Adam, you are such a Willoughby!


Laurel Ann

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  1. Yes, I learned something! Mr. Harrington’s love of what he does is obvious. Did I read that right? 100,000 pounds in the original binding?? Simply amazing.


  2. Reblogged this on Jane Austen's World and commented:
    Nice, informative video about book binding, although I have a minor disagreement with the statement about a book not being important enough to mention the name of an author. Jane Austen’s early editions were by a lady because a gentlewoman simply did not publicly admit to earning a living as a novelist,


  3. Wow! I can’t imagine getting my hands on a first edition! I am utterly too excited about the mere fact that I might, just might, get to see an original Austen manuscript next summer in England. Here’s hoping!

    I really stopped by today to tell you very fine folks that I nominated you for The Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I know you have thousands of followers, so maybe these awards don’t mean all that much, but you inspire me every single day none-the-less.

    The link to my post is here: http://brandysbustlings.blogspot.ca/2013/04/another-award-very-inspiring-blogger.html if you are at interested. I am heading to grad school in September to start my Master of Arts in English with a proposed thesis on none other than Jane Austen herself! I can’t wait!


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