Volume the Second by Jane Austen
In Her Own Hand
- For the first time, Jane Austen’s brilliant early manuscripts are available in beautiful facsimile editions
- This is a unique opportunity to own likenesses of Jane Austen’s notebooks as originally written—in her own hand
Forever immortalised as the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen actually produced her first ‘books’ as a teenager. Taking their names from the inscriptions on their covers – Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Third – these brilliant little collections include the stories, playlets, verses, and moral fragments she wrote likely from the ages of 12 to 18.
As a young author, Jane Austen delighted in language, employing it with great humour and surprising skill. She was adept at parodying the popular stories of her day and entertained her readers with outrageous plotlines and characters. Kathryn Sutherland places Austen’s earliest works in context and explains how she mimicked even the style and manner in which this contemporary popular fiction was presented and arranged on the page.
Volume the Second, housed at the British Library, contains Austen’s famous The History of England, illustrated with watercolour portraits by her sister Cassandra, as well as Love and Friendship, Lesley Castle, and several letters and fragments she calls “scraps”.
This notebook was compiled between June 1790 and June 1793, from ages 14 to 17.
None of her six famous novels survives in complete manuscript form. This is a unique opportunity to own likenesses of Jane Austen’s notebooks as originally written – in her own hand.
Learn more about the other books in the In Her Own Hand series: Volume the First and Volume the Third. All three volumes are also available in the In Her Own Hand series boxed set.
- Abbeville Press
- 21st Oct 2014
- World excluding USA, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Australia
- 216 mm x 171 mm
- 336 Pages