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Jane Austen autograph manuscript: 'Volume the First'


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'Volume the First', holograph fair copies, completed 3 Jun 1793, of early works by Jane Austen, with a few corrections.

A pencil note inside the front cover reads 'For my brother Charles', and an explanatory note by C.E.A. [Casandra Austen] is pasted below it.


  • Creation: Completed 3 Jun 1793


2 boxes

Language of Materials

  • English

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MSS. Don. e. 7, e. 7*/1-4

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12588

Biographical / Historical

Jane Austen (1775-1817) was a novelist.

Custodial History

Bequeathed in 1817 to the author’s sister Cassandra Austen (1773-1845); on her death passed to their youngest brother, Charles (1779-1852), and then by descent to his eldest daughter, Cassandra Esten (1808-1897), and to Cassandra Esten’s nieces, the daughters of Charles’s son Charles John Austen.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Bought from H. Deacon through R.W. Chapman and given by the Friends of the Bodleian, 1933.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital surrogate available in Digital Bodleian.

A digital surrogate, with transcript, is also available at Jane Austen's Fiction Manuscripts.


  • First edited by R.W. Chapman (Oxford, 1933), and in complete works, vi (Oxford, 1954), 3-75.
Jane Austen autograph manuscript: 'Volume the First', completed 3 Jun 1793
1991; EAD version 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom