Rare Austen books displayed in Chawton House Library
Chawton House Library in the south of England has praised the generosity of JASNA (the Jane Austen Society of North America) for its assistance in the purchase of new cabinet cases.
With support of JASNA, the Foyle Foundation, Friends of the Library and the George Cadbury Trust, the Library has been able to purchase four climate-controlled display cabinets. The new storage systems will display some of the most significant artefacts in the House’s collection.
One of the new cabinets in the collection is located in the Dining Room and displays the silk suit which is believed to have belonged to Jane Austen’s brother Edward. Edward Austen became Edward Knight in 1812 and inherited Chawton House. The Foyle Foundation contributed to the restoration of the suite and the new cabinet.
Another new display cabinet houses books donated by Sandra Clark, Texas. All the texts have the name ‘Caroline Austen’ (James Austen’s niece by her elder brother James) on the front. The collection contains Stephanie-Felicite de Genlis’s ‘Theatre a l’usage des jeunes personnes’ which contains the inscription by Austen’s sister Cassandra ‘Caroline Austen. The gift of her Aunt Cassandra. Jan 13. 1815”.
The displays can be viewed now at Chawton House Library.
Until 30th October, excluding weekends and bank holidays, Chawton House Library is open Tuesday – Friday 2.00 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. Last entry is at 4.00 p.m.
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