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Jane Austen's Copy of Shakespeare's Sonnets

1 3/4" x 1 1/4"
96 pages

 I got an email from a gentleman who wanted a miniature version of Shakespeare's Sonnets, with a twist. He had made a Jane Austen doll and wanted a book for her; he had chosen the Sonnets because she was fond of them. I'm sometimes not quite sure of how deeply a customer wishes to go into these things, so I gave him the alternative of a small book with “Shakespeare's Sonnets” on the outside, which would certainly be cheaper that printing out all 154 sonnets, but he surprised me. He wrote back that he was an Austen scholar who had just finished editing the books for a major publisher, that he taught 19th century literature, and that he had made a trunk doll – molded the head and face, applied the hair, and made her a small wardrobe. He sent me a picture, and I was captivated. Jane's face was lovely, with a wonderfully wry expression, and the two gowns, the hat and the spencer were beautifully made.

     This was serious stuff. He found a binding that had been done during Jane's lifetime, and I used it to print out a paper binding for the miniature. He also asked if we could use the title page of the original edition of the Sonnets as the frontispiece of Jane's copy. I had the idea of putting Jane Austen's signature on the flyleaf of the book, and so “Jane Austen's Copy of Shakespeare's Sonnets” was born.

This product was added to our catalog  December 9, 2011

$36.00