Jane Austen Cover to Cover by Margaret C. Sullivan

If you didn’t know, today is Jane Austen’s birthday. She was born December 16, 1775, 239 years ago. Her books are as relevant today as they were then because her themes transport time and will always impact new readers. Her writing was beautifully constructed and  her romances stand the test of time. I don’t think anyone that’s read her collection isn’t in love with her love interests (Mr. Darcy anyone?)

JaneAustenJane Austen Cover to Cover
By: Margaret C. Sullivan
Release Date: November 11th 2014
Publisher: Quirk Books
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

Jane Austen’s six novels are true classics, still immensely popular some 200 years after their first publication. But although the celebrated stories never change, the covers are always different. Jane Austen Cover to Cover compiles two centuries of design, from elegant Victorian hardcovers and the famed 1894 “Peacock” edition to 1950s pulp, movie tie-in editions, graphic novels, foreign-language translations, and many, many others. Filled with beautiful artwork and insightful commentary, this fascinating and visually intriguing collection is a must for Janeites, design geeks, and book lovers of every stripe.

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I recommend this book for any Jane Austen fan because it is an absolute pleasure to flip through and see all the different covers that have been used over the years.

Are you a Jane Austen fan? If so what is your favorite of her books? I think it’s nearly impossible to choose because they are all wonderful but I’ve always been fond of Pride and Prejudice (of course) and Emma.


  1. says

    I bought this book for my best friend who LOVESSSS Jane Austen and I’m so excited to give it to her. I don’t think she’s discovered its existence yet, which is even MORE EXCITING. My favorite Austen in Persuasion, but Pride and Prejudice would be my second favorite. However, I LOVE Mr. Knightly from Emma. He is the best. Also, I can’t wait to hear what you think of Illusionarium – it looks gorgeous.

  2. says

    This sounds like such a gorgeous book to own and flip through now and then and to pine after hard to find but gorgeous editions of her books!

  3. says

    This is really neat! I hate admitting that I’ve only read one of her books so far, BUT I absolutely loved it! Of course, I started with Pride and Prejudice and I’m in LOVE with Mr. Darcy! I can’t wait to read the rest of her work! And I’m always fascinated by all the different covers, so I’m definitely going to check this book out 🙂 Thanks for sharing!!

    Tina @ Pages of Comfort

  4. says

    This book edition do look all kinds of gorgeous. <3 Thank you for sharing about it Kristen 😀 And I'm glad you love her books. I still haven't read any of them, hih (A) but maybe one day. <3 Just not my thing at the moment, lol. But maybe in some years, hih 🙂

  5. says

    This book looks glorious! I absolutely adore Jane Austen and am now utterly mortified for having missed her birthday. 🙁
    I really can’t pick a favorite book, but I DO have some love interest preferences! 🙂 My favorites are Mr. Knightly and Captain Wentworth, with Edward Ferrars as a close runner up. Mr. Darcy, on the other hand…. :/ Not really for me.

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