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Wednesday, January 7

May We Recommend ... Jane Austen, An Illustrated Treasury

Jane Austen: An Illustrated Treasury, by Rebecca Dickson.

Now available at Barnes & Noble for the astonishing price of $19.98 (only $16.98 if you are a member), this elegant book, which I purchased with a holiday gift card looks and feels like a blog between covers. Opening this book is like clicking on Jane Austen's World, Austen Prose, or Jane Austen Sequels, where you can learn tidbits about Jane's life, annotations about the regency period and her novels, and read critiques, quotes, and sayings about her family and friends in relatively short and easy-to-read essays.

Moreover, this coffee table book is beautifully designed and offers pull outs of Jane's letters, portraits, and other memorabilia. If you know of a Jane fan in your family who feels uncomfortable surfing the web (hint: mother or grandmother), then this might be the perfect gift for a birthday or Valentine's day.

Did I gush enough to convince you? Good. At Amazon.com used copies of this book go for almost twice the price. Also recommended for gift buying by Austen Prose - Vic

11 comments:

Laurel Ann said...

One of my top ten Jane Austen inspired books of 2008! Just love it. Great choice Vic.

Cheers, LA

Lady A. Byron said...

What a neat book! I will have to go to B & N sometime soon and buy myself a copy with some Christmas cash. Your blog is always tons of fun :)

Janeen said...

Ooooh come Saturday, it's mine, I hope it's in stock when I go! Thank you so much for sharing this~

Vic said...

Janeen and Lady A. Byron - The book is definitely available online. So don't be discouraged if you cannot find it in the store. I ordered a book as a gift and it arrived within 5 days.

LA - you were the first to mention this book on your blog. I merely rushed on over to B&N and purchased a copy.

nigel said...

Very nice human flowers as well as the botanical variety!

tales from an O.C. cottage said...

Loving this blog!!!

JaneGS said...

I got this book for Xmas and am slowly reading it. A bit each night--sort of like dark chocolate :)

Definitely one for the coffee table as opposed to the book shelf.

Lynn said...

This treasury is a must have for any Austen fan !

Jeanette said...

I recieved this as a gift for Christmas. I have not had time to do much more than a quick look over. I am hoping to sit down with it one of this afternoons when the kids are napping. :-)

Danielle said...

I stumbled across this at barnes and nobles and bought it right away. It's so lovely and the illustrations and reproductions of letters and portraits are charming. lots of good information as well.

Uneekdolldesigns said...

Oh! What a lovely find! I must look for this, it looks wonderful!