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Monthly Archives: September 2013

Austen celebration in Ireland

A celebration of Jane Austen is taking place at Salterbridge House in Cappoquin, Co Waterford, on Sunday, October 6.

Set amid beautiful grounds above the river Blackwater, Salterbridge House, built in 1750, is an ideal place to celebrate Jane Austen. The house and oak-panelled hall sets the scene for a feast of Jane Austen activities. Regency dress is optional, though there will be a prize for the best dressed participant. Changing rooms will be available for those who wish to complete their toilette on arrival.

Dr Sophia Hillan, author and lecturer on Irish literature will speak about “Cassandra’s Star, Jane Austen’s nieces in Ireland”. This talk expands on her successful recent work: May, Lou and Cass, and brings new and exciting detail to the topic. Signed copies of this book will be available to buy on the day.

In the afternoon Empire Line Productions present Ladies of Jane, Scenes and Musings from the Pen of Jane Austen, directed by Mary Curtin and starring Judy Donovan, Rachel O’Connell and Vanessa Hyde.

The full programme is:
10.30 am Coffee with a short talk about Salterbridge House
11.00 am Lecture Cassandra’s Star : Jane Austen’s nieces in Ireland
1.00 pm Luncheon in Salterbridge House Dining Room
2.45 pm Theatre Ladies of Jane, Scenes and Musings from the Pen of Jane Austen
4.00 pm Afternoon Tea in the drawing room and Costume Parade & Judging

A full-day ticket (numbers strictly limited) costs €75, including all refreshments. Lecture-only/play-only tickets cost €25 per session.
Booking: 058 54952/ 087 2030763 or by email:

New Harrington Books catalogue

Our good friends at Peter Harrington Books have sent details of their summer 2013 catalogue,

The sunny front cover invites you to partake of a cooling Southern cocktail, one of a number of recipes from a rare, Prohibition-era book printed on illustrated cocktail napkins (item 74, £5,000).

As well as early and rare Jane Austen editions, the fully illustrated catalogue includes works by the Brontë sisters,  Agatha Christie, Joseph Conrad, Charles Dickens, Dostoevsky, Arthur Conan Doyle, Daphne Du Maurier, George Eliot, Henry Fielding, Ian Fleming, Kahlil Gibran, James Joyce, John Keats, Siegfried Sassoon, William Shakespeare, Oscar Wilde, P. G. Wodehouse, and W. B. Yeats.

Children’s authors are well represented too, with well-known first editions of titles by Roald Dahl, Lewis Carroll, A. A. Milne, Michael Morpurgo, Beatrix Potter, Arthur Rackham, J. K. Rowling, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, and E. B. White.

The catalogue also contains some early Bibles, travel books, interesting jazz books, original manuscripts, and contemporary art prints. Prices range from £500 up to just under £10,000.

You can view it here.


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