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Jane Austen autograph manuscript: 'Volume the First'

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MS. Don. e. 7

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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.


  • Completed 3 Jun 1793


1 volume ; 204 x 161 x 20 mm

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MS. Don. e. 7

Collection ID (for staff)

CMD ID 12588

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

A digitised edition, including transcript, is available at


First edited by R.W. Chapman (Oxford, 1933), and in complete works, vi (Oxford, 1954), 3-75.

Physical Facet

Remains of calf spine; faded marbled boards.
Jane Austen autograph manuscript: 'Volume the First', completed 3 Jun 1793
Language of description
Edition statement
1991; EAD version 2019

Repository Details

Part of the Bodleian Libraries Repository

Weston Library
Broad Street
Oxford OX1 3BG United Kingdom