The Watsons: Jane Austen’s Fragment Continued and Completed by John Coates


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Hardcover, red cloth in original publisher’s non price-clipped dust-jacket. 318 pages. First edition thus, with no other printings listed on copyright page. The first appearance of the fragment was the posthumous publication undertaken by J.E. Ausen-Leigh and consisted of only the six chapters available and a few random paragraphs. Few attempts have been made to complete the tale, an early example being L. Oulton’s work published by D. Appleton in 1923 and the relatively recent “The Watsons and Emma Watson: Jane Austen’s Unfinished Novel completed by Joan Aiken”. The present work, along with Aiken’s continuation, is one of the two best completions of Austen’s tale of Regency society. A very nice copy of a surprising scarce book. No previous ownership marks. Book is clean, square and fresh, with sharp corners and no toning to interior. Dust-jacket is complete with two strips of clear tape re-enforcing both upper and lower edges, albeit nearly invisible. Some very minor lose to head and heel of spine and general light wear commensurate with age. A near fine book in a good or better dust-jacket. N.B. Should you desire the original fragment it was sold in 2011 to an anonymous telephone bidder at Sotheby’s for 1.6 million dollars.

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Weight 1.56 lbs
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Austen, Jane; Coates, John


Thomas Y. Crowell Company

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New York


8vo – over 7¾ – 9¾" tall

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