Lot 51
  • 51

Austen, Jane.

200,000 - 300,000 GBP
993,250 GBP
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  • <P>Autograph draft manuscript of her unfinished novel 'The Watsons'</P>
extensively revised and corrected throughout, with crossings out and interlinear additions, loose in nine sections numbered 3 to 11, each section being a gathering of four leaves except the final section (11), which is a bifolium, 8vo (c.190 x 125mm), sections 3-10 formed from single half-sheets of wove paper, watermarked "WS" (sections 4, 5, 6, and 7), countermarked "1803" (sections 3, 8, 9, and 10), section 11 on laid paper watermarked "Curteis & Son", the sections numbered 7, 9 and 10 each having an additional inserted leaf to accommodate extensive revisions, these three leaves originally pinned in place but now loosely inserted and trimmed respectively to 146 x 125 mm, 222 x 120 mm (folded to fit in place) and 135 x 122mm, on laid paper, the insert in section 10 with post-horn watermark bearing initials "MJL"; in total 68 pages plus 6 blanks (these being the versos of the three inserted leaves and the final three pages of the final section), housed in collector's folding box; together with, housed separately in the box, an autograph note signed by the Austen scholar R.W. Chapman concerning the pins originally holding the inserts ("These pins were removed by me for the purpose of transcribing. I suggest that they be not put back in their places, where they must sooner or later corrode the paper"), one pin, and a second note recording provenance by R.W. Chapman and D.A[usten] L[eigh], tear repaired on one leaf in section 5, one leaf in section 9 splitting at fold, occasional very slight spotting