I couldn’t resist buying this bag (yes, I’m a terrible spend thrift when it comes to Austen merchandise). I saw it on the rack in Kinokuniya, in The Galeries, Sydney and just had to pick it up. For (AU)$17.95 I thought it was a great buy, and especially needed at the time as I’d just bought several books and one of my grocery bags was splitting.
Jane Austen- An Illustrated Treasury “Featuring removable memorabilia including handwritten letters, drafts, and more”- Rebecca Dickson
I popped into a Barnes & Noble in Melbourne and this was the second book I picked up! It’s exclusive to B & N and completely fantastic, hence why, although you can get in all over the place… I still decided to buy it when I could (and subsequently, with all my other purchases, go over my baggage allowance… oops!). It’s elegant, and while the idea of reproduction materials that you can take out might sound tacky, it’s actually executed really well. There are these lovely little designs around the pages, swirls and cute detailing on chapter headings that set it off (and send me into Austen-appreciation-mode) really well. The colour scheme is also fantastic, a dusty blue and blush mix that makes it a pleasure to look at. But what about a pleasure to read?