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A Set of Seven Jane Austen Novels

Folio Society

A note from Geoff on Monday 22nd January 2007
Out for a drive yesterday, we were heading down the Captain Cook Highway
when we spotted a "Garage Sale" sign
Naturally we followed the signs-and-arrows!!
Sharon saw this set of books and said - "I want these!!"
We then realised that we didn't have any cash money on us,
so Sharon stayed at the Sale with the books in her hand
while I drove home to get some cash!!!

Sharon had a close look at them when we got home,
and she reckons they are basically like brand new!!
No marks, no bent pages - perfect!!

The price we paid?? --- $5.00!!
and this seems to be a bargain when compared to the prices
detailed further down this page!!



The Cover on each of the Novels



This is the title page from "Northanger Abbey"
with each of the books being the same as this




Jane Austen

(16 Dec 1775 - 18 July 1817)

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This site is a starting point......

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Copyright - 2004 The Folio Society


A similar set for sale at the above bookstore
(as at Monday 22nd January 2007)

A note from Sharon
This is a 1993 set, whereas mine was printed in 1996

Complete Works - Jane Austen
Seven volumes, including:-
------Mansfield Park
------Northanger Abbey
------Pride and Prejudice
------Sense and Sensiibility, and
------Shorter Works
Eleventh reprint of the 1975 edition, with woodcuts by Joan Hassall, and introduction by Richard Church
In quarter maroon buckram cloth covers, with cream paper decorated by maroon sprigs, and gilt titling and decoration on spine
All books are fine, internally clean and unmarked, with minimal fading of spine on four volumes
In near fine maroon slipcase with gilt decoration, showing minimal dist marking at edges
Bibliographic Details
Publisher - Folio Society, London
Publication Date - 1993
Binding - Paper Covered Boards
Illustrator - Joan Hassall
Book Condition - Fine
Dust Jacket Condition - No Jacket
Book Price - GBP95.00 = AUD$237.84


--Auctions for similar book sets

Auction #01

A note from Sharon
This is a 1997 set, whereas mine was printed in 1996

The Complete Austen Novels - Folio Society
Seven volumes by Jane Austen
An opportunity to purchase this 1997 printed classic book set from this qorld renowned publisher
Fine books in a fine slipcase
There is minor storage and shelf rub to the base of the case
Beautifully illustrated
The books included in this set are:-
------Northanger Abbey
------Shorter Works
------Pride and Prejudice
------Mansfield Park
------Sense and Sensibility, and
A beautiful set of books to start off, or as an addition to, your Folio Society Collection
Item location - West Sussex, United Kingdom
This auction finished on Monday 22nd January 2007
The starting price was set at GBP39.99 = AUD$100.00
There were no bids


--Auctions for individual books from this set

You are bidding on the hardcover book, "Pride and Predjudice", by Jane Austen - the book was published by The Folio Society London in 1997 and this is an eighteenth printing - the book is in fine condition but there is very light shelf and edge wear a solid copy with clean, bright pages - comes with a slipcase - the starting price was set at $12.90 and the auction ended Sunday 25th January 2007
There were no bids
This auction is for a very good edition of the 1997 Folio Society book, "Persuasion", by Jane Austen - the book is in fine condition, while the sleeve case is very good having only minor marks - all in all, a delightful book - the starting price was set at $10.20 and the auction ended Wednesday 31st January 2007
There were seven bids - final price was $21.45