Saturday 28th January 2023 to Sunday 29th January 2023

Venue: Chawton House

We open our 20th anniversary season by displaying a very special edition of Jane Austen’s Emma in the Library. Published in 1815, Emma was the last of Austen’s novels to be published during her lifetime. The author sent one of 12 special presentation copies of the novel to her friend Anne Sharp, who was governess to her brother Edward Knight’s children at Godmersham Park. The copy carries the handwritten message ‘From the author’ inside, along with Anne Sharp’s own signature. Its rarity led to it becoming the most expensive of the author’s works ever sold, reaching £375,000 in 2022. It was generously placed on long-term loan to Chawton House by its new owner, and has never before been displayed. 

Included in the price of admission.