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|Price and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen (1775-1817). The first edition of this work was published in 1813 by T. Egerton, London.
Austen began writing Pride and Prejudice after a stay at her brother’s stately home Goodnestone Park in 1796, and completed it in 1797. She made revisions to the manuscript between 1811 and 1812, and renamed it from its original title ‘First Impressions’. She sold the copyright to the publisher, Thomas Egerton of Whitehall, and the first edition sold out.
The book is one of the most popular and admired books ever written, retaining significance and appeal well into modern times.
Plot, Characters, Themes
The story follows protagonist Elizabeth Bennet through the world of manners, morality, marriage, education and upbringing in turn-of-the-19th-century landed gentry society. It presents the fortunes and misfortunes of her, her sisters, neighbours, and country gentlemen, and concludes with a number of successful pairings and lessons learnt.
Jane Austen is one of the most famous English novelists in history.
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Notable auction sales and collecting tips
The first edition (1813, T. Egerton, London) came in three volumes. They are much more valuable when they retain their original bindings, so it is not recommended to restore them, however, it is highly unusual to see copies in their original bindings as these were drab paper boards, unattractive and fragile, and most have been rebound in leather at some point.
First editions sold at Sothebys for $43,875 in December 2001, $48,000 in June 2004, £31,070 in December 2002, £55,450 in December 2000, and in the publisher’s original boards for £139,250 in October 2010.
Christie’s sold first edition copies for $21,600 in December 2004, $45,600 in December 2006, $47,500 in June 2008, $52,500 in December 2009, £23,500 in June 2001, and £26,290 in June 2003.
Main article: Jane Austen rare books and memorabilia
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