Jane Austen stamps issued by Royal Mail


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01 February 2013
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We preview the set of six British stamps celebrating the works of nineteenth-century author Jane Austen, whose much-loved book Pride and Prejudice was published 200 years ago ...
Royal Mail have chosen to mark the bicentenary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice with a set of six stamps.

Featuring drawings by celebrated children’s book illustrator Angela Barrett, who has previously brought the characters of Shakespeare to life, the six stamps are actually a celebration of six Austen books, with only one of the two 1st class values featuring a scene from Pride and Prejudice.

The stamps will be issued on the second day of the Stampex event in London (don't miss the March issue of Stamp & Coin Mart for a free Stampex catalogue) and are designed by the firm Webb and Webb.

On the second 1st class value we see a scene from Sense and Sensibility, Austen’s first novel published in 1811 under the pseudonym ‘A Lady’, which follows the romantic trials of two sisters Elinor and Marianne.

Mansfield Park and Emma are represented on the two 77p values.

Northanger Abbey and Persuasion make up the set, shown on two £1.28 stamps.

As is often the case with more recent British stamp issues, this is not the first time Jane Austen has been celebrated with a stamp set. The novels Emma (8½p stamp), Northanger Abbey (10p), Pride and Prejudice (11p) and Mansfield Park (13p) were all featured in a set issued on 22 October, 1975.

Philip Parker, Royal Mail Stamps spokesperson, said: ‘Jane Austen has contributed immeasurably to British culture, and new generations continue to fall in love with her work through television and film adaptations, as well as of course the original texts. It is therefore a great joy to commemorate her work with this special set of stamps and fitting that it falls during the 200th anniversary celebrations of Pride and Prejudice, her most famous masterpiece.’

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