The Cataloguer's Desk provides a detailed overview of Jane Austen's publishing history as "A Lady". This post is filled with good information and excellent images.
|Pride and Prejudice 1813|
In the early 1790s Austen started composing full-length novels, beginning with . It was not yet finished when, in 1796, she began work on “First Impressions”, the book that would become . The first of her novels to be completed, this became a family favourite and was offered by her father to the publisher Thomas Cadell in 1797, but was turned down. Undaunted, Austen in 1798 and 99 completed her third novel, first titled “Susan”, and then “Catherine”, but renamed when it was later published posthumously.
|Sense and Sensibility 1811|
finally appeared in October 1811 as a three volume set in a print run of fewer than 1,000 copies, priced 15 shillings each. Despite Austen’s fears, it was a success, selling quickly and garnering positive reviews. The copy pictured above is a . This is a truly rare survival, as the board bindings produced by early nineteenth-century publishers were relatively flimsy and not originally intended to be permanent.Click here to read the rest of this fascinating post.