Jane Austen Postage Stamps: 2013 & 1975

Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Stamp 2013

On January 28, 2013, the Royal Mail of Britain celebrated the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen with a set of six postage stamps. While it wasn’t her first novel — that honor goes to Sense and Sensibility — it might be argued that it’s her most beloved.

Her other novels received the “royal” treatment equally, and included the four that rounded out her set of six: Emma, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Northanger Abbey (there were two unfinished novel as well, Sanditon and The Watsons, in addition to a posthumously published early work, Lady Susan).


jane Austen Stamps 2013

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When the stamps were issues, a spokesman for the postal system was quoted as saying: “When you think of great British authors, Jane Austen inevitably comes to mind. Her novels have contributed immeasurably to British culture over the last two centuries.” 

Artist Angela Barrett illustrated the set of stamps, which, even in such diminutive form, display an immense amount of detail. Let’s take a look at the stamps individually:

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Jane Austen Sense and Sensibility stamp 2013

Sense and Sensibility (1811)

“The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love.
I require so much!”

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Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice Stamp 2013

Pride and Prejudice (1813)

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune,
must be in want of a wife.”

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Jane Austen Mansfield Park stamp 2013

Mansfield Park (1814)

“We have all a better guide in ourselves, if we would attend to it, than any other person can be.”

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Jane Austen Emma stamp 2013

Emma (1815)

“Seldom, very seldom, does complete truth belong to any human disclosure;
seldom can it happen that something is not a little disguised or a little mistaken.”

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Jane Austen Stamp Northanger Abbey 2013

Northanger Abbey (1818)

“The person, be it gentlemen or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”

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Jane Austen Persuasion stamp 2013

Persuasion (1818)

“I do not think I ever opened a book in my life which had not something to say upon woman’s inconstancy.
Songs and proverbs, all talk of woman’s fickleness. But perhaps you will say, these were all written by men.”

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This wasn’t the first time that a set of stamps celebrating Austen’s immense contribution to British literature. In 1975, a set of stamps was issued to honor the bicentennial of her birth in 1775. These were illustrated by Barbara Brown and focused on characters from the novels.

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Jane Austen Mr. Darcy Stamp 1975

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice (1975)

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Jane austen Mary and Henry Crawford stamp 1975

Mary and Henry Crawford from Mansfield Park (1814)

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Jane Austen Emma & Mr. Wodehouse Stamp 1975

Emma and Mr. Wodehouse from Emma (1815)

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Jane austen Catherine Moreland Northanger Abbey stamp 1975

Catherine Moreland, from Northanger Abbey (1818)

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