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Our First Anniversary Give–Away

December 16, 2012

Today is the anniversary of Jane Austen’s birth in 1775 at Steventon in Hampshire. Visitors to the museum will be asked to join in our celebrations, as usual, by being offered a warming cup of coffee and a seasonal mince pie. And exactly one year ago we began this blog. So, to celebrate, we are going to offer a very easy competition with a rather special prize.

The rules are very easy. If you leave a comment to this post, then you will be automatically entered into a draw to win a copy the Chawton Edition of Sense and Sensibility  which has been especially commissioned by the Museum to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Sense and Sensibility in 2011.

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This edition includes a facsimile of the first edition of the book that was published by Thomas Egerton in 1811.  All three volumes are bound in one, and it has been published in a strictly limited edition of 500.

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The book comes in a beautiful presentation box, which also contains a reproduction of the Austen family seal, a feather quill, and a certificate of authenticity. In addition to all this, the Museum commissioned a foreword in the form of an essay about Sense and Sensibility written by Professor Kathryn Sutherland, of St Anne’s College, Oxford, who is the Museum’s Patron.  This is contained in a separate 20 page booklet which is also included in the presentation box.

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The competition will be open until the 17th January, 2013. You can add your comment until then, limited to one comment per person. The winner will be chosen at random by Louise West, the Museum’s Curator, on the 18th January and the result will be announced soon thereafter . We ought to emphasise that the competition is open to anyone who reads this blog, wherever you are in the world, for, we consider that if you take the trouble to read us, and to comment, you should be eligible to enter!

And now it only remains for us to say….Good luck!

205 Comments leave one →
  1. Julia permalink
    December 16, 2012 12:28 pm

    How could I not know about this blog? Since visiting the museum in 2003 I’ve wanted to come back … Keep up the truly great work!

  2. December 16, 2012 12:30 pm

    Happy birthday to Jane Austen! And congratulations to Jane Austen’s House Museum on the wonderful new “Pride & Prejudice 200” website, too.

  3. Kim permalink
    December 16, 2012 12:49 pm

    I would love to win this for Christmas! Fingers crossed! Happy Holidays and thanks for all your good work taking care of the museum!


  4. December 16, 2012 12:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Jane Austen!

  5. Lizzy permalink
    December 16, 2012 12:55 pm

    Happy Birthday Dearest, Loveliest Jane!

  6. Sansanee permalink
    December 16, 2012 1:07 pm

    Congrats on a fine year of this blog and Happy Birthday Jane!

  7. Jennifer Williams permalink
    December 16, 2012 1:09 pm

    Congratulations on your one year anniversary! I love reading this blog, and I look forward to each post. I’ve never been to England, but it is my dearest wish to do so someday. I am a huge Jane Austen fan, and read everything I can about her. The giveaway you are having is incredible! I would absolutely love to win that book. Thanks for the opportunity to participate!

  8. Lou Harrington permalink
    December 16, 2012 1:10 pm

    Today, I will be making mulled wine and raising a rather large cup to celebrate Jane’s B’day. Cheers from Canada!

  9. Bobbie Kolehouse permalink
    December 16, 2012 1:28 pm

    Reblogged this on The Honor Project.

  10. December 16, 2012 1:33 pm

    Have you thought of including exerpts from Jane Austen’s own blog? Here’s an entry from December 16th 1816:
    ‘My dear Edward, I give you joy of having left Winchester. Now you may own how miserable you wre there…how often you went up by the mail to London an threw away fifty guineas at a tavern, and how often you were on the point of hanging yourself, restrained only, as some ill-natured aspersion upon poor old Winton has it, by the want of a tree within some miles of the city.’
    Pity she shut down the lid of her computer every time she heard the door squeak.

    • Josephine Crawford permalink
      December 16, 2012 3:33 pm

      What a great quote, thank you! I often think of Jane, when faced with an ironic or exasperating moment in my life or frustrated beyond words by some world event, how might dear Jane dissect, skewer, or otherwise lay bare the truth of the matter.
      Comment from a librarian named Jo….

  11. Wendy Phillips permalink
    December 16, 2012 1:57 pm

    What an unbelievably gorgeous and generous give-away. All my Jane Austins are particularly well-thumbed and this would certainly be given a special place on my bookshelf. Congratulations on your full year of blogging (always a pleasure to read). From a damp Lake District come warm wishes for Christmas and the New Year to you all at the Jane Austen House Museum.

  12. Bobbie Kolehouse permalink
    December 16, 2012 1:59 pm

    Jane Austen- who could laugh with us, at us, and around us so that we could too. Never intending more (no preaching) nevertheless in sharing her stories, she allowed us a safe glimpse of ourselves, relevant 200 years later. “…We are each of an unsocial, taciturn disposition, unwilling to speak, unless we expect to say something that will amaze the whole room, and be handed down to posterity with all the eclat of a proverb.” Pride and Prejudice, Cambridge edition, 2006, pg. 103. And so she did.

  13. daytonjean permalink
    December 16, 2012 2:10 pm

    I am continually amazed at the elegance of these blogs – (such a stumbly word~) – and the Austen humor as well. How Ms/Mr Wakefield finds time to sleep though is the most curious part of these wonderful e-visits. Where is there posted a hint at the history, impetus and future of our narrator?

  14. Vicki Jones permalink
    December 16, 2012 2:15 pm

    Chawton is one of my favorite places in the world. I loved visiting the Jane Austen House Museum last summer!

  15. juliacarohb permalink
    December 16, 2012 2:41 pm

    Happy Birthday to dearest Jane and the Jane Austen House Museum blog; always a joy to read and a source of the most exquisite detail. Thank-you.

  16. Adam Quinan permalink
    December 16, 2012 2:55 pm

    Congratulations on your anniversary and Jane Austen’s birthday. I made my only (so far) visit to Chawton and the Museum in 2010. I definitely look forward to another visit some day.

  17. betty marques permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:06 pm

    happy birthday jane, you were definitely ahead of your time. i wish there was more information about your life betty

  18. December 16, 2012 3:13 pm

    What a lovely giveaway from one of my favourite places. Hope to be back to see you all in person again soon 🙂 Happy Birthday Jane!

  19. Angela Traubel permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:13 pm

    Thanks for your great work. I was there in 2005 and can’t wait to come back and see all the wonderful changes you have made!!

  20. Barbara permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:14 pm

    Happy Anniversary to your fabulous blog and Happy 237th birthday to Jane Austen! The prize looks fabulous

  21. Kathleen Elder permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:15 pm

    HB2JA — her email inbox must be full today! And congrats on the one-year anniversary of this blog, too!

  22. Monica permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:19 pm

    I visited Chawton for the first time last September and hope to come again one day.
    What a beautiful gift you are giving away to celebrate Jane’s birthday and your own anniversary! Thank you.

  23. Mayme Bolt permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:23 pm

    A very Happy Birthday to an author who makes me laugh and makes me think!!! Jane AUSTEN!!!

  24. December 16, 2012 3:25 pm

    Happy 1st Blog Anniversary to you and Happy 237th Birthday to Jane Austen 🙂

  25. Patty permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:25 pm

    Happy Birthday to the Jane and to this blog. And good luck to me! Thanks. Patty

  26. Valentina permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:27 pm

    Happy Birthday dear Jane. You’ve taught me how to see my own life. ♥ Always a joy reading your books. Thank you for all ♥
    With Love, one of the “Janeites” from Italy

  27. RobynB permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:28 pm

    Happy birthday Jane, and thank you blog for all your amazing articles! :’)

  28. claire crafter permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:29 pm

    A very happy birthday to Jane Austen and to the blog. I am re-reading Pride and Prejudice (for the umpteenth time) whilst raising a celebratory glass of prosecco and munching on a mince pie! Youre doing a wonderful job.

  29. December 16, 2012 3:34 pm

    Happy Birthday Jane Austen! I love your cottage and I am so pleased that we have been able to visit it and the manor house at Chawton. Thank you for your writing.

  30. December 16, 2012 3:41 pm

    Dear Jane, you are in my heart and soul. Your life, your work and the places you’ve lived.
    I was lucky to visit your home, your village, your forrest, your fields, your garden, your landscape and….your grave….
    Today is a special day, also for all the people that work at the Jane Austen Museum….gungradulation to all you dear people! Hope to come back some day….and visit you all again.
    With love from a Jane Austen fan from The Netherlands, Inge Zwerver

  31. Cindy permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:43 pm

    Has it only been a year? Seems like it’s been around longer than that. I still fondly remember my visit to Chawton in 2010 and would so long to go back again! ^_^

  32. December 16, 2012 3:44 pm

    Oh wow. What a wonderful way to celebrate Jane’s Birthday! Thank you so much for the chance to win a beautiful book like this. And happy one year anniversary! I hope to visit the Jane Austen House Museum some day. It’s on my bucket list.

  33. Joan Doyle permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:48 pm

    One of my goals in life is to travel to England & visit all Jane Austen’s special places. The Chawton house where Jane lived is high on that list. She was happy there & did so much of her writing while living there. I’m sure that I will be in awe when I walk through the doors of Jane Austen’s House Museum. Happy birthday Jane!

  34. Bonnie Monsanto permalink
    December 16, 2012 3:49 pm

    Dear Jane, How do you do it? So many birthdays and you are still among us, just as lively as ever you were! Today I will celebrate your joyous natal occasion with my JASNA friends. We will raise our teacups in a toast to you! Happy birthday, forevermore!

  35. December 16, 2012 3:56 pm

    Parabéns….escritora moderníssima para o tempo dela!!!!!!!!!Adoro!!!!!

  36. December 16, 2012 3:58 pm

    Happy birthday to Jane, and congratulations on a year of wonderful blogging. A lovely giveaway, which would be thrilling to any Janeite!

  37. Joy Prevost permalink
    December 16, 2012 4:02 pm

    Happy Birthday. Thanks.

  38. December 16, 2012 4:15 pm

    How wonderful to have a place to wish Jane Austen “Happy Birthday” with others who revere her too.

  39. Jeanne Talbot permalink
    December 16, 2012 4:16 pm

    I am often asked by people not in the know what it is about Jane Austen. I tell them to sit down in a comfy chair and just read the first page of ‘Pride and Prejudice.’ No other explanation needed! Thank you for your generous gift giveaway. What a lovely way to celebrate your anniversary and Jane’s 237th birthday. Merry Christmas from San Diego, California.

  40. December 16, 2012 4:19 pm

    Happy Blogoversary and Happy Birthday to Jane Austen! 😀 Thank you for such a special and extraordinary giveaway! I would *love* to win a copy of the Chawton Edition of Sense and Sensibility.

  41. Anna Maria permalink
    December 16, 2012 4:21 pm

    I love the Museum and consider myself lucky to live nearby, so that I am able to visit regularly. I enjoy the blog and Facebook updates, too. This special edition is beautiful.

  42. MicheleS567 permalink
    December 16, 2012 4:25 pm

    Happy Birthday to you both! What a lovely idea.

  43. December 16, 2012 4:26 pm

    What a treasure! Thank you for offering the giveaway.
    Happy birthday dear Jane!

  44. December 16, 2012 4:44 pm

    Happy Birthday, dear Jane!

  45. Lyn McCormick permalink
    December 16, 2012 4:44 pm

    Happy Birthday to Jane, and Happy Anniversary to y’all! What a lovely giveaway!

  46. Karen Talley permalink
    December 16, 2012 4:53 pm

    I am so happy to learn of this blog and hope someday to visit the Museum!

  47. David permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:01 pm

    Happy birthday, Jane! We greatly enjoyed our visit in September and hope this wonderful blog benefits from the giveaway!

  48. Rosalind Smith permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:02 pm

    Well that certainly is a very generous prize! I still have a signed copy of sense&sensibility that the two actresses signedwhen they gave a talk about their experiences when making the bbc version of the book which in my opinion was far superior to the hollywood movie version.
    I love visiting the museum and going to the events throughout the year. Also to chawton house when they have events as well. I can understand what captivated jane austen with chawton village and how the ambience helped her to write the books that the world now loves and reveres. Looking forward to the pride & predjudice events in 2013. Pride & Prejudice 200 website covers all events everywhere in this special 200th Anniversary.
    Thank you to everyone who work and volunteer at the museum. It is a joy to visit each time with friends and family. I took katie last time who was thrilled and she lives in usa.

  49. Lorraine Kleinwaks permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:02 pm

    I so want to visit England in 2013. Very high on my list is visiting Jane Austen’s House! To bring me closer to this desire, I’ve been receiving and thoroughly enjoying this blog. The giveaway sounds wonderful. Don’t know if I’m eligible as live in the US?
    Happy Birthday,. Jane!

  50. christine permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:27 pm

    I am an English professor thanks to Jane’s beautiful and hilarious writing. Thank you for organizing this giveaway.

  51. Cara Dragnev permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:38 pm

    Wow! what an amazing give-away–THANK you! And a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Jane Austen 🙂

  52. Christine permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:44 pm

    Congratulations on the one year anniversary of the blog. What a wonderful giveaway!!

  53. December 16, 2012 5:50 pm

    It is a truth universally acknowledged, that The Jane Austen’s House Museum Blog must be in want of a comment.

    Having visited Chawton, and recognising the view of the house from the garden, it’s a pleasure to find this site (via Austen Only at ) and to fulfil the wish for a comment.

  54. Paola permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:54 pm

    Happy Birthday Jane and my daugther Giulia that was born your same day!

  55. Geri-Lynn Ewald permalink
    December 16, 2012 5:59 pm

    What a treasure you have given us with this blog site! Thank you for celebrating Jane’s life and her accomplishments. Her novels continue to entertain and inspire many!! Happy Birthday to Jane, and Happy Anniversary to your lovely site! 🙂

  56. December 16, 2012 6:02 pm

    Reading Jane and watching TV and film adaptations have gotten me through some very difficult times in my life. Love her!

  57. December 16, 2012 6:07 pm

    Happy Happy Birthday my dear Jane. Congratulations on such a wonderful blog as well. It has given me and many others much enjoyment. I would be thrilled to win such an amazing gift. Happy Christmas to all at Jane Austen’s House Museum!

  58. Sandy in NJ permalink
    December 16, 2012 6:09 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jane!
    Thank you for the continued hard work you do on the blog. I truly enjoy reading it and appreciate your effort.

  59. Elisabeth Lenckos permalink
    December 16, 2012 6:29 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jane!

    Allow me to use the occasion to thank all the Chawton miracle workers, especially Louise West, who have transformed Jane Austen House Museum into such a young, innovative, and creative center of learning, writing, and literary companionship. In addition, I am so grateful for the blog–it is a wonderful way of keeping up with your activities and of being with you in spirit.

    Raise a glass of something to yourselves! Jane would be so proud of you all!

  60. December 16, 2012 6:32 pm

    Congratulations on the first year! I’ve enjoyed the blog immensely and look forward to its continuation. The prize is lovely.

  61. Elizabeth Steele permalink
    December 16, 2012 6:45 pm

    Yppah yadhtrib! To Jane Austen and the blog. What I wonderful prize.

  62. tracy weidman permalink
    December 16, 2012 6:46 pm

    Happy BirthdayJane! I only wish I could have met you. This is a great give-away. That is a beatiful book! I am just seeing this blog for the first time and have now joined it. I am really looking forward to updates. Cheers!

  63. Ross Watt permalink
    December 16, 2012 6:56 pm

    Happy birthday Jane. I have the luxury of having not read any of your books yet. What a journey to come…

  64. Kay permalink
    December 16, 2012 6:57 pm

    Happy Birthday Jane! I would love to know what you think of all the television and film adaptations of your books. Thank you to the museum for sharing such a lovely giveaway.

  65. December 16, 2012 7:09 pm

    Happy Birthday dear Jane and to the blog! I´m looking forward to visit the Museum again next year!!! Greetings from Austria, Eva

  66. ashuality permalink
    December 16, 2012 7:55 pm

    What a wonderful prize! Happy Birthday, Miss Austen

  67. Elizabeth permalink
    December 16, 2012 8:13 pm

    Only a year late discovering the blog! Happy Birthday to both Miss Jane Austen and her blog!

  68. Dave Borchert permalink
    December 16, 2012 8:31 pm

    I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a novel! I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library containing this new boxed set of Emma.

  69. Elaine Bander permalink
    December 16, 2012 8:36 pm

    I can’t imagine a more wonderful prize!

  70. December 16, 2012 8:37 pm

    Thank you, JAHM!

  71. Jennifer permalink
    December 16, 2012 8:45 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jane!

  72. December 16, 2012 9:14 pm

    This is an amazing prize! Perfect for Christmas!<3 Cxx

  73. Terrie England permalink
    December 16, 2012 9:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Jane Austen! and thank you to all of you at the Jane Austen House Museum for preserving the important things pertaining to Jane Austen, her works and her lifetime. I would love to visit there sometime.

  74. olnicki permalink
    December 16, 2012 9:47 pm

    Another blog for me to follow. Always love reading about Jane Austen.

  75. olnicki permalink
    December 16, 2012 9:47 pm

    Reblogged this on olnicki.

  76. December 16, 2012 10:03 pm

    Reblogged this on Bagotbooks's Blog.

  77. Barbara Plakans permalink
    December 16, 2012 10:06 pm

    It is a truth universally acknowledged (even in Ames, Iowa) that the JAHM blog deserves many happy returns and that many of us wish we could be visiting you in person to celebrate Jan’s birthday. (Although the S&S kit would be nice to possess as consolation,)

  78. dianabirchall permalink
    December 16, 2012 11:55 pm

    (succinctly) Great author, great blog. Congratulations to both, and please throw me in the Pot for the Prize!

  79. December 17, 2012 12:27 am

    Actually hadn’t known about this blog before, but another great discovery on the Sovereign Lady’s birthday.

  80. Felicia permalink
    December 17, 2012 12:35 am

    Happy birthday, Jane Austen! My dream is to visit the Jane Austen House Museum.

    Thank you for starting this blog, I enjoy the posts.

  81. Gina Stewart permalink
    December 17, 2012 1:47 am

    Happy birthday Jane Austen!! What a great way to start the new year winning this book!

  82. Gina Stewart permalink
    December 17, 2012 2:03 am

    Happy Birthday Jane Austen!! What a great way to start the new year – winning this wonderful book!!

  83. Rhett O. permalink
    December 17, 2012 2:05 am

    Today is my sisters birthday as well. Happy Birthday Jane!!

  84. Marybeth permalink
    December 17, 2012 2:36 am

    What a lovely way to celebrate Jane Austen’s birthday!

  85. December 17, 2012 2:52 am

    Congratulations on this lovely blog, transformed by Julie, making the House Museum more alive than ever. Louise West’s exhibit at the JASNA AGM was a treasure to behold, as is this giveaway of the Chawton Edition. Thank you for the opportunity!

  86. kfield2 permalink
    December 17, 2012 3:15 am

    My husband and I toasted champagne flutes to Miss Austen’s birthday tonight. Yes, he actually joined me with pleasure! I sure would like to be in Chawton today to be in her home on her birthday. I would also love to be visiting her Steventon church, St. Nicholas? I know that was her church in Chawton. I would also love to make the short journey to Winchester Cathedral to visit her gravesite. Her life and ineffable need to write has given me so much joy and will continue to. I’ll also say that I have had the pleasure of visiting all of the above mentioned except for the Steventon church. My husband took me to the “Jane Austen sites” but didn’t know to include Steventon. I am so grateful for the memories of that trip. They are indelibly imprinted on my mind.

  87. Ruth W permalink
    December 17, 2012 7:28 am

    A wonderful gift from a truly rewarding facility. The Mecca for all Janeites! Well done indeed to all involved.

  88. helenajustina permalink
    December 17, 2012 10:54 am

    I do enjoy tho blog, and this is a wonderful prize. Thank you!

  89. December 17, 2012 11:49 am

    I have been to Bath and to Winchester, but have not yet managed to get to Steventon. I hope that, someday, I will be able to make the trip. Thank you so much for the good work you do.

  90. December 17, 2012 12:21 pm

    Three cheers for JA’s special day, and it’s lovely to see her anniversary celebrated in this way!

  91. Tina permalink
    December 17, 2012 12:29 pm

    Happy Birthday Jane!! And Happy first Birthady Jane Austen House Museum Blog!! (Julie, you’ve done a great job here too. When do you sleep???!!!). And most of all, congratulations and thank you to all involved in the hard work of keeping Jane alive and well for all of us. It is appreciated. It is enjoyed. Thank you.

  92. December 17, 2012 12:33 pm

    Happy Birthday Jane. Love the blog. (Do you think Jane Austen would have been a blogger if the internet had been around in 1812?) Cheers, Rita

  93. Meghan permalink
    December 17, 2012 1:05 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jane!

  94. Inês Costa permalink
    December 17, 2012 1:51 pm

    Wow! Good luck to us all and happy holidays to everyone! What amazing Christmas present this will be! Thanks, Inês

  95. Meg S permalink
    December 17, 2012 3:23 pm

    Oh my gosh, this is so lovely!

  96. Lisa Dalrymple permalink
    December 17, 2012 4:37 pm

    Happy Birthday to Jane, and I hope to see many more years of this Blog. 🙂

  97. Patti Paulson permalink
    December 17, 2012 4:57 pm

    I love this blog! I have not seen it before, but will be looking in from now on!

  98. December 17, 2012 6:43 pm

    Happy (belated) Birthday, Miss Austen!

  99. December 17, 2012 9:35 pm

    I’m so excited by all the P+P events coming up! A lovely blog post to get us in the mood.

  100. cathyallen permalink
    December 17, 2012 10:23 pm

    Congratulations, Julie and the Museum, on the first anniversary of your blog! It has been excellent from the start, and I enjoy everything you post. I plan on many more happy years of reading and learning here. I do hope, someday, to be able to come and visit. Keep up the good work!

  101. Deanna permalink
    December 17, 2012 10:31 pm

    This is absolutely amazing!! Thank you for all the dedication to this blog and the website. Love it all! Jane Austen is one of the reasons why I became a literature instructor! I read her when I was a young girl and haven’t stopped since. Thank you Miss Austen for all the incredible writing and amazing inspiration. Viva Jane Austen!! A part-time teacher could never afford such an exquisite collection. Here’s hoping!! I love that you provide these opportunities for your readers. Greatly appreciated!

  102. December 17, 2012 11:00 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jane! What if the winner already has the Chawton Edition of Sense and Sensibility? Could we get the Pride and Prejudice that’s coming out next month in its place? Not to count my chickens or anything…;)

  103. Mags permalink
    December 18, 2012 2:07 am

    happy birthday jane austen. it looks great!

  104. Jazmin permalink
    December 18, 2012 3:00 am

    I visited Jane Austen’s House Museum last year on a day trip as part of the Jane Austen Festival in Bath. I could feel JA’s presence when I gently touched her famous desk! 🙂
    I loved all the rooms and everything in the museum… I’ll definitely visit it again.

  105. December 18, 2012 1:52 pm

    Happy Birthday to Jane! So excited to find this blog!

  106. MeanMom permalink
    December 18, 2012 2:25 pm

    Happy Birthday, Jane!

  107. December 18, 2012 3:52 pm

    What an amazing prize! Happy Birthday once again Jane Austen!

  108. Andrea permalink
    December 19, 2012 10:25 pm

    Happy birthday to Jane! from spain, we also remind that amazing writer!

  109. December 20, 2012 5:29 am

    Jane, how I wish I would have known you. To be able to converse with you face to face, and hear your wit. I sometimes wonder if I would have appreciated you then as I do now. To be able to have heard you comment on today’s society, I know you would have nailed the customs of today’s world with great wit. Happy birthday, dear Jane

  110. Maria Kurchatova Pereira permalink
    December 20, 2012 2:09 pm

    I have been following this blog ever since it started, and reading with great pleasure all the wonderful posts. I hope one day I will be able to visit England and the museum of one of the favourite writers of mine. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all related to the museum and to all the blog’s readers.

  111. December 21, 2012 2:14 am

    Modern technology and Jane Austen values. What a combination! I live literally a world away but thanks to your blog I can see almost at first hand the treasured things from Jane’s past. Happy Birthday Jane xxx

  112. Shavonne Hedgepeth permalink
    December 22, 2012 5:16 am

    Congratulations on your anniversary! This is an amazing way to end a year and add further admiration to the legacy of Jane Austen, by sharing her literary genius 🙂 xo

  113. Lorna Clayton permalink
    December 22, 2012 2:32 pm

    My son and his wife live and work in Hampshire, so when I stayed with them in August 2012 a trip to Chawton was at the top of my wish list of places to see. When I was at Durham University 40 years ago training to be a teacher, I wrote a thesis on female writers of the 18th and 19th centuries, and became an avid reader of Miss Austen’s books. I visited Bath and gathered information and photographs for my studies, but never had the opportunity to visit Chawton. I was enchanted by the house, its beautiful garden and the wonderful gift shop, as were my son and daughter-in-law. I do hope I will be able to visit again when I next visit my family.

  114. December 23, 2012 3:54 am

    Happy belated anniversary to the blog! You bring to those of us who are far away a taste of what is happening at Chawton.

    I suppose there is also going to be a P&P edition next year.

  115. Ruth Williamson permalink
    December 24, 2012 7:44 am

    A wonderful prize from an amazing tribute to the incomparable Jane Audten.

  116. Margaret Johnson permalink
    December 25, 2012 12:09 am

    Visiting the Jane Austen Museum was definitely something I have always wanted to do. My family and I visited the summer before last – and it did not disappoint. Happy belated birthday Jane – from your fans in California.

  117. Deborah permalink
    December 25, 2012 2:14 am

    This looks like a lovely edition!

  118. December 25, 2012 7:16 am

    Julie, you are truly amazing. I love your blog and all the information you post. All I need is a bit more time to explore.
    Linda Fern

  119. Patty permalink
    December 26, 2012 4:46 am

    A chance explore on the net as to how Jane may have celebrated Christmas has led me to you. Please enter me in your draw! Thank you – Patty, BC

  120. December 26, 2012 8:18 pm

    I cannot say anything but “Marvellous”

  121. Elizabeth permalink
    December 26, 2012 10:28 pm

    Happy belated Birthday, Jane!

  122. Jan Clemson permalink
    December 27, 2012 6:25 am

    What a superb edition – I would, like others, love to have it in my Jane Austen collection. I remember (rather enviously, I must admit) seeing it advertised when first published. Here, in Canberra, Australia, I have attended two celebrations in honour of Jane Austen’s birthday – a lunch with the local Jane Austen Society of Australia members, and a high tea with a U3A group which discusses her work. Next month Susannah Fullerton will launch her ‘Pride & Prejudice’ book in Canberra – so it’s a feast of JA!!

  123. Montse permalink
    December 28, 2012 1:38 pm

    This one must be im my JA book collection!!
    Merry Christmas and a happy new year from Spain!

  124. December 28, 2012 1:58 pm

    Thanks Jane, we never stop dreaming with your novels …!

  125. December 30, 2012 2:16 pm

    I am an American. I love words. English is my language. I love the English language, and I love Jane Austen.

  126. Carme permalink
    December 30, 2012 4:02 pm

    What an incredible gift!

    Happy New Year everyone and regards from Barcelona!

  127. December 31, 2012 5:24 pm

    ✿¸¸.•*¨*✿Love you blog, can’t believe I hadn’t seen it before. I would be delighted to win so all my fingers are crossed! ✿¸¸.•*¨*✿

  128. Caroline permalink
    January 2, 2013 8:40 pm

    Congrats and looking forward to the activities this year. Hope i can visit and join the celebrations.

  129. Caio permalink
    January 2, 2013 10:07 pm

    Hoo boy, fingers crossed!

  130. smholston permalink
    January 3, 2013 3:50 am

    Would love to win this!

  131. Susan permalink
    January 3, 2013 3:52 am

    Every day is a Jane day!! Cheers Jane! And cheers to all of you on the one year anniversary of your blog! Glad I found you and can’t wait to read more!! And hopefully will win this wonderful prize!! Keep up the great work! Jane would have wanted it that way!

  132. Michelle permalink
    January 3, 2013 2:46 pm

    What a wonderful prize, hope I’m the lucky winner! Cheers!!!

  133. January 3, 2013 4:39 pm

    There be no greater pleasure for me than to read Jane Austen’s masterpieces. I am thankful she was given to us.

  134. Alice permalink
    January 3, 2013 5:00 pm

    Time has vindicated this formidable lady who had to publish anonymously. Jane, you triumphed! My dearest wish is to visit Chawton one day.

  135. January 3, 2013 9:31 pm

    I can’t think of anyone in history with whom I would like to share a cup of tea than Jane Austen. I’m so happy to have discovered your lovely blog so I can do it virtually. 🙂 Amy

  136. Jennifer Jones permalink
    January 4, 2013 3:06 am

    Bon anniversaire!

  137. Beverly permalink
    January 4, 2013 4:54 am

    Congratulations! I enjoy visiting your blog and getting my JA “fix” 🙂 Thanks for giving us a chance to win the fabulous book. Oh, I hope it’s me!!

  138. Maureen permalink
    January 4, 2013 7:21 am

    Happy Birthday Jane,i have grown up loving you my mum used to read me a page a night from your books when i was a child and she was still reading and talking about you when she was 92 thank you for giving me so much pleasure.Your Museum is a most fitting tribute to you.x

  139. Elizabeth permalink
    January 4, 2013 3:26 pm

    Love the family seal detail!

  140. January 4, 2013 8:10 pm

    What wonderful work you are doing! I work in a museum in Nova Scotia, Canada, the Prescott House and Garden Museum which is from the same time period as Jane Austen. I have yet to discover if Mrs. Prescott (nee Maria Hammill) and her daughters ever read any of Jane’s Books — a project for next season! Your blog is an inspiration to those of us in museums “across the pond”.
    (The website below is of “my” museum — however it is not my own website)

  141. Sarah permalink
    January 5, 2013 12:25 am

    Truly, such a beautiful website Thank you for all the lovely information on Jane Austen’s
    history I would love to visit England one day
    Best wishes in 2013 from Canada

  142. Andy permalink
    January 5, 2013 1:18 pm

    Great competition and a most excellent prize. Will be visiting the museum today. Good luck to everyone.

  143. Janet Considine permalink
    January 6, 2013 10:18 am

    What a beautiful prize. Who wouldn’t want to win it?

  144. January 7, 2013 12:21 am

    What a beautiful edition! The added touches such as the copy of the family seal included with the reproduction of the original publication bring the history of the volume to life. It would be a valued addition to anyone’s collection. My fingers are crossed.

  145. January 8, 2013 6:22 pm

    How thrilling! Thank you for this opportunity.

  146. Lindsey Llado permalink
    January 8, 2013 8:56 pm

    I just found this blog, it is incredible how people can come together with agree that Jane Austen was a great author. Sense and Sensibility is my favorite novel of Jane Austen, thank you for this opportunity.

  147. Malin Ståhl permalink
    January 10, 2013 5:02 pm

    What a fun competition! I love seeing how many other people share my admiration for the impressive Jane Austen.

  148. Aline permalink
    January 10, 2013 5:56 pm

    Happy birthday, my dear Jane! Your life was an inspiration and your books make my life better. Thank you! And Thank you, Jane Austen House Museum for this beautiful opportunity!

  149. Molly permalink
    January 10, 2013 9:59 pm

    What a wonderfully commemorative idea! Jane Austen has been my favorite of authors for many years now. Reading her books has brought me such pleasure and I never tire of them, not ever. Thank you for this opportunity, it is appreciated!

  150. Caroline moran permalink
    January 10, 2013 11:01 pm

    Happy anniversary and happy birthday dear Jane. What a lovely prize, which will be surely treasured. I wonder what Jane would have thought of all of this?
    Caroline in sweltering Perth, Western Australia

  151. Rosemary Dicker permalink
    January 11, 2013 6:42 pm

    But two years ago I entered your Chawton bedroom dear Jane Austen. No-one near but your presence. Did I feel you rise from your fireside place gently pulling your shawl about you? Were you beside me as I looked out of the window towards where your donkey cart is stored which I had touched briefly? Had you called from that casement in laughter and joy? Did you sleep well in your curious bed? The piano I played downstairs may have had its’ keys touched by you. To hold a facsimile of your S&S would be an utter joy!

  152. Mary Wood permalink
    January 11, 2013 9:08 pm

    Happy Anniversary ,I hope to visit in 2013 .It would be such an honor to win this!

  153. Bryan Ng permalink
    January 12, 2013 2:19 pm

    “The family of Dashwood had been long settled in Sussex.” Thus began our journey with the Dashwood sisters in their quest of love and happiness. Thanks to Jane Austen, we’re given not one, but six masterpieces of love stories wrapped in delicious irony. Happy birthday, Jane! Thank you for all those hours of sublime happiness reading and re-reading your work 🙂

  154. Simone KJ permalink
    January 13, 2013 5:01 pm

    Ahh!! I so want this in my Austen collection.
    Btw, a cup of coffee and a seasonal mince pie would be awesome right now.

  155. Marialuisa Milani permalink
    January 13, 2013 5:22 pm

    What a special gift! I really would like to be the luky one. I was there in 2010. I hope to be there soon again. Cheers

  156. sasalim permalink
    January 13, 2013 8:33 pm

    This is splendid indeed!
    I would burst in happiness if I could have this special edition.

  157. Valeria permalink
    January 14, 2013 11:22 am

    Fantastic gift indeed! I would love to win this edition of Sense and Sensibility! Excellent blog 🙂

  158. January 14, 2013 11:24 am

    What a lovely prize. Belated birthday greetings to Jane! Congratulations to whoever wins the competition.

  159. oh-lili permalink
    January 14, 2013 11:28 am

    What a beautiful treasure! Happy birthday Jane and Janeites!

  160. helenajustina permalink
    January 14, 2013 11:37 am

    I would love to own and read this wonderful edition.

  161. Farida Mestek permalink
    January 14, 2013 11:38 am

    What an amazing and a generous gift! Thank you for such a wonderful opportunity!

  162. Jane Chadwick permalink
    January 14, 2013 11:45 am

    What a wonderful blog – wishing you a (belated) happy anniversary.

  163. January 14, 2013 1:16 pm

    What a wonderful opportunity for such a lovely book

  164. Cathy Kawalek permalink
    January 14, 2013 1:19 pm

    A wonderful book honoring a wonderful book. Let’s support all special editions such as this to remember Miss Austen and book publishing. All those in favor of book you can hold.. raise your hand!

  165. Aurora permalink
    January 14, 2013 2:07 pm

    I would be thrilled to win this lovely and valuable copy.

  166. Deirdre Devine permalink
    January 14, 2013 2:15 pm

    I’m sure Pride & Predjudice will continue to give readers joy for another 200 years.

  167. January 14, 2013 3:27 pm

    Hello- love this blog and welcome the chance to win the wonderful prize. Thank you so much for doing this.

  168. Sally Jones permalink
    January 14, 2013 4:21 pm

    Thank you for your very engaging, interesting, informative, surprising blog posts–and for the opportunity to hope that I might win the book!

  169. Sarah Walsh permalink
    January 14, 2013 4:30 pm

    Congratulations on the blog’s anniversary, and what a lovely way to pay tribute to Jane! Very excited for the chance to win this amazing prize!

  170. Simone Cirulli permalink
    January 14, 2013 5:46 pm

    What a nice idea to celebrate a so increadible authoress. I’d gratefull to partecipate through this post. SC

  171. Yvonne Kamne permalink
    January 14, 2013 7:08 pm

    So very tempting! I can not resist participating. Hurra for Jane!

  172. Nelia permalink
    January 15, 2013 1:11 am

    This is a very beautiful gift someone will receive, here’s hoping it’s me! 🙂

  173. January 15, 2013 1:39 am

    Happy birthday!!!
    That’s the best way to celebrate 2 important dates: blog’s anniversary and Jane Austen’s.
    Hope more years can come to make us so happy with so delight news. 😉

  174. Pam S permalink
    January 15, 2013 4:35 am

    What a book to cherish! This is a wonderful way to commemorate these events.

  175. January 15, 2013 1:46 pm

    Lovely gift! Fingers crossed!

  176. Laureleen permalink
    January 15, 2013 2:01 pm

    What a lovely gift, it’s perfect. Also, congratulations on the blog, I wish I could have been there to drink tea and eat a mincepie.

  177. Kim Day permalink
    January 15, 2013 5:47 pm

    Lovely way to celebrate Jane.
    “…told herself likewise not to hope. But it was too late. Hope had already entered…”

  178. Pam permalink
    January 15, 2013 8:20 pm

    I love reading this web site. Had a great visit to Chawton in the summer where I made a lavender bag and tried writing with a quill (not very successfully!). Keep up the good work and thank you.

  179. Xiomara permalink
    January 15, 2013 8:41 pm

    My love to dear JA for having amused all us since 200 years and thanks to the House Museums and to all its staff for the great job realised.

  180. January 16, 2013 9:53 am

    Whenever I think of Sense and Sensibility I imagine how happy Jane Austen should have been with her first book published.

  181. Aline Jorge permalink
    January 16, 2013 4:00 pm

    Jane Austen is always fantastic! Thank God she existed and made the world better with her life and words.

  182. Sergio permalink
    January 16, 2013 5:04 pm

    A really nice cadeau! Finger crossed

  183. January 16, 2013 9:35 pm

    Happy blog anniversary! I hope to visit Chawton House later this year. I have loved Jane Austen’s wit and wisdom for over 10 years now and I can always relate to something in the novels. As a special collections librarian, I can truly appreciate the magnificent gift you are offering. I would love to win it for my personal collection.

    • Mary Ann Caraboolad permalink
      January 16, 2013 11:05 pm

      No words can describe how great you all are for doing this; Hats off to Ann Channon who helps make Chawton one of the best places to visit on the planet. We love all of you for allowing us to enjoy news of Jane everyday, all of the time…you are all wonderful. And to Jane Austen: time is of no matter…we love you more each day and we hope your shining light falls over us so our appreciation of you and your words never ceases and helps us through each day! Bravo!!!!!!!

  184. Susan Gage permalink
    January 17, 2013 2:57 am

    I just finished watching a “Mansfield Park” DVD thanks to my Netflix subscription. It is through this DVD that I found your website, your blog, and all the 200th anniversary events I will unfortunately miss because I live in the USA. Jane was a wonderful writer and her stories send me to a world I feel a strong connection to. Life was simpler then, and in many ways harsher, but according to Jane, love was what made it all worthwhile. Ahhh…if only…

  185. Jayne Brereton permalink
    January 17, 2013 11:01 am

    What a fabulous prize. Xx Jayne xx

  186. Alicja permalink
    January 17, 2013 12:29 pm

    Congratulation on your anniversary and keep up the good job. I would love to win this wonderful prize. Fingers crossed.

  187. Amelia Mansfield permalink
    January 17, 2013 12:51 pm

    What a lovely prize from a lovely blog! It would be brilliant to win 🙂

  188. January 17, 2013 12:56 pm

    I really need to get myself over to Chawton, it’s not as if I live that far away! Have enjoyed re-reading all of Austen over the last year. P&P about to get a 2nd re-read in 6 months in preparation for the 200 anniversary at the end of the month. Keep up the great work!

  189. Patricia Cooper permalink
    January 17, 2013 1:10 pm

    I am new to your newsletter which I am delighted to receive as it has so many special touches of information . I love reading Jane Austen’s novels and works related to them. To be the winner of this very special edition of one of her novels would be a very humbling experience and one which I would treasure.

  190. January 17, 2013 1:21 pm

    If I ever get back to England, I will make a ‘Jane Austen’ tour and especially visit Chawton House.

  191. Gesi permalink
    January 17, 2013 1:41 pm

    Happy birthday Jane!

  192. Trix Bodde permalink
    January 17, 2013 1:54 pm

    Perhaps today is my lucky day. It is my father’s birthday, and he would have been 100.
    I so enjoy your posts. I’ve never come upon a boring one.
    Trix Bodde

  193. Elsa Solender permalink
    January 17, 2013 2:13 pm

    Visiting Chawton Cottage has always been a memorable experience, but the improvements accomplished during the past few years—including this wonderful blog— have added new dimensions of depth, comfort, beauty and style to the celebration of Jane Austen, her works, and her enduring influence. May Jane Austen’s House Museum go from the strength to strength as the epicenter of that worldwide celebration.

  194. PATRICIA finnegan permalink
    January 17, 2013 3:22 pm

    I loved visiting the cottage in summer 2007 I hope to come back again

  195. tamsin permalink
    January 17, 2013 4:30 pm


  196. Anne permalink
    January 17, 2013 5:12 pm

    This blog remains forever in the ether, like the words and spirit of Jane Austen’ writing.

  197. January 17, 2013 5:12 pm

    Oh! I missed THIS didn’t I? Ah, well. 🙂 It’s an amazing giveaway, and happy anniversary! I always enjoy reading your entries. 🙂

  198. Felicia Aaron permalink
    January 17, 2013 6:53 pm

    Congratulations to Jane Austen’s House Museum! What a wonderful opportunity to win such an amazing give away!! Thanks so much! Love the blogs and look forward to another great year! Thanks again!

  199. January 17, 2013 6:54 pm

    What a marvelous way for the Jane Austen House Museum to celebrate their one year anniversary….to share something as special as this book with some Austen addict in the world. Thank you for creating this blog. Always nice to know others share this addiction with myself.

  200. January 17, 2013 10:03 pm

    Haoy Anniversary! If too late for this, may you be conducting a contest to be invited to the Pride and Prejudice Ball?

  201. January 17, 2013 10:53 pm

    Wonderful initiative!! I wish everyone all the best.. and I keep my fingers crossed LOL

  202. Anajah Raigne permalink
    January 18, 2013 3:56 am

    Happy Birthday Jane, and Happy Anniversary. What a lovely gift. Would love to win it, and would love to visit Chawton House and Britain. All the best. Keep up the wonderful work.

  203. January 18, 2013 3:37 pm

    Thank you for this lovely blog. We are looking forward to a year of celebrating Pride & Prejudice!

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