Jane Austen, Christmas and Emma

2440370A00000578-0-image-a-5_1419436838163Christmas came to my house in the shape of Bleak House and Pride and Prejudice on Blue and rather sumptuous they are too.

Jane Austen is an extraordinary author and the BBC adaptation of Pride and Prejudice along with Sense and Sensibility really gave me a chance to admire her writing, and the skill it takes to bring a story to the screen. With Ms. Austen in mind I came across this which if anyone has the spare funds would look rather good in my small yet rich library!

An untouched and unbound rare first edition of Jane Austen’s Emma is on sale at a collectors bookshop for almost £100,000.

The book is unique because it is in almost pristine condition and was found with the paper boards it would have had before being sent to the binder to bound in leather.

However the novel, which comes in three volumes, escaped the binder and is in almost mint condition.

It is priced at £97,500 and is being sold at Lucius Books in Fossgate in York by owner James Hallgate. It is understood to be the first time the book has been sold.

Mr Hallgate said: ‘This is probably the best copy in the world; it’s in entirely original condition still with the paper boards.

‘Back in those days a customer would buy the book and send it to their binder to be bound in leather. This copy escaped the binder.

‘It’s my favourite piece in the catalogue as it has lasted nearly 200 years in untouched, original condition. There isn’t a single one in the world that will look like that.

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Emma (1996)

Ah period drama…love it and yes I accept that Jane Austen is a few years before Queen Victoria took the throne…but I love period drama!

Emma and Mr. Knightley

Emma and Mr. Knightley

Emma Woodhouse in this instance is played by a young Kate Beckinsale (Underworld), in fact the cast are quite familiar with Mark Strong (Green Lantern, John Carter, Robin Hood), Samantha Bond (James Bond, Downton Abbey) and many more.

‘Emma Woodhouse has a rigid sense of propriety as regards matrimonial alliances. Unfortunately she insists on matchmaking for her less forceful friend, Harriet, and so causes her to come to grief. Through the sharp words of Mr. Knightley, and the example of the opinionated Mrs. Elton, someone not unlike herself, Emma’s attitudes begin to soften.'(From IMDB)

Emma is actually a rather spoilt, annoying teenager and Beckinsale is great as her. It is well acted and worth a watch, much better than the Gwenyth Paltrow version which was released in the same year.