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5 Of the Best Jane Austen Books Ranked By The Cover

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You know what is difficult to find? Beautiful book covers. Hardcover books sitting on a shelf can implement a sense of character in the room. Their designs say what type of person their owner is. You know what is not so hard to find? Amazing authors. Yes, I am your stereotypical bookworm who loves Jane Austen. And I am willing to bet that you are too. So tell me, do you wish elegant book covers were still commonplace? So do I. Today I am going to show you some of my favorites.

The best Jane Austen Books ranked by their covers are

  1. The Complete Novels Of Jane Austen
  2. Mansfield Park
  3. Pride & Prejudice
  4. Sense & Sensibility
  5. In Her Own Hand
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1. The Complete Novels Of Jane Austen

The Complete Novels Of Jane Austen Book Cover

Not only do you get all of Jane Austen’s books, but you also get beautiful book covers. I love this cover because it is delicate and shows so many colors beautifully mixed together. This perfectly depicts Jane Austen and her novels. They are romantic and complex with so much to give.

Jane Austen revolutionized the literary romance, using it as a platform from which to address issues of gender politics and class consciousness among the British middle-class of the late eighteenth century. The novels included in this collection from the elegant Knickerbocker Classics series-Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, Persuasion, and Lady Susan-represent all of Austen’s complete novels, and provide the reader with an entrance into the world she and her memorable characters inhabited.

With witty, unflinching morality, Austen portrays English middle-class life as the eighteenth century came to a close and the nineteenth century began. Austen’s heroines find happiness in many forms, each of the novels is a story of love and marriage-marriage for love, financial security, and for social status.

In a publishing career that spanned less than ten years, her work brought her little personal fame and only a few positive reviews during her lifetime. It wasn’t until the 1940s that she became widely accepted in academia as a great English writer. The second half of the 20th century saw a proliferation of Austen scholarship and the emergence of a fan culture. Austen’s works continue to influence the course of the novel even as they charm readers today.

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The Knickerbocker Classics bring together the works of classic authors from around the world in stunning gift editions to be collected and enjoyed. Complete and unabridged, this hardcover volume is magnificent, and a must-have for any “Janeite.” Also included is an original introduction that provides the reader with enlightening information on Jane Austen’s life and works.

2. Mansfield Park

Mansfield Park Book Cover

This edition of Mansfield Park has a very similar look to the collection described above. But instead of an array of colors, it has a beautiful mix of red and gold. This reminds me of Christmas, which just so happens to be my favorite holiday! Just imagine the smell of cinnamon all around your home as you sit cozied up on the couch with a blanket and this book in your hands. You have the Christmas tree casting beautiful colors on the walls. The atmosphere is near perfection to read just a few more pages.

Mansfield Park By Jane Austen tells the story of Fanny Price, a frail, quiet young woman who has none of the high spirits or wit of Elizabeth Bennet or Marianne Dashwood. Reared from the age of ten among wealthy relatives, Fanny is an unobtrusive presence in the household at Mansfield Park, useful and agreeable to everyone and steadfast in her secret affection for her cousin, Edmund Bertram.

Fanny’s manner contrasts sharply with the livelier, sometimes careless behavior of her cousins and their friends. Only Edmund spends time with the gentle Fanny, although his own affections have been captivated by the sophisticated Mary Crawford. With Fanny’s uncle, Sir Thomas Bertram, away on an extended stay in the West Indies, the cousins and their friends decide to put on an amateur theatrical production of a scandalous French play. Only Fanny refuses to participate, out of natural modesty and a certainty that her absent uncle would not approve.

Sir Thomas returns unexpectedly and does not approve, much to his children’s chagrin, but Fanny quickly falls from his favor when she refuses the proposal of Mary Crawford’s brother, Henry, who had begun an unwelcome flirtation with her after Fanny’s cousin Maria married another man.

Distressed by her uncle’s disapproval, Fanny visits her parents and her eight brothers and sisters, only to discover that her years at Mansfield Park have left her unable to fit easily into her noisy, often vulgar family. She is summoned back by Sir Thomas when Maria leaves her husband for Henry Crawford and Maria’s sister, Julia, elopes. Now fully appreciated by her uncle, Fanny comes into her own, winning the love of Edmund Bertram.

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Chiltern creates the most beautiful editions of the World’s finest literature. Your favourite classic titles in a way you have never seen them before; the tactile layers, fine details and beautiful colours of these remarkable covers make these titles feel extra special and will look striking on any shelf.

3. Pride & Prejudice

I so badly wanted to find a cover for Pride & Prejudice to place it as number one in this list. Alas I could not allow my bias to place this as first. Although, the story itself will always be at the top of my list. This of course is due to the man I compare all others to; Mr. Darcy.

The book cover itself is of course gorgeous. I love the gold color that was picked for this cover. It is a simple cover that shows the fundamental idea of the whole story while also giving nothing away for the few who are yet to read the book. I also enjoy the acute corner decorum which gives off a sense of elegance.

“In vain have I struggled. It will not do. My feelings will not be repressed.You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.”

-Mr. Darcy

Uncover one of the most beloved stories of all time. Celebrated as one of the most famous and influential books of all time, “Pride and Prejudice” stands as a literary masterpiece that has touched millions’ hearts.

This touching tale uses a delightful sense of humor and an honest look at the customs and rules of the 19th-century upper-class society to grapple with essential questions about marriage, economic inequality, reputation, and above all… true love.

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This Deluxe Edition, beautifully designed to be collected and given as a gift to your loved ones, includes:

– the unabridged manuscript (introduction and list of characters included)
– 2 historical reviews (from 1813)
– 45 timeless love lessons that will take root in your heart and grow there for a lifetime;
– a selection of charming black and white line drawings by C. E. Brock (from 1895 Macmillan Edition of Pride & Prejudice)

4. Sense & Sensibility

This is just the most artistic cover I have ever seen! It is a creative way of putting illustration onto a cover. I’d love to have several books illustrated in this way. The cover artist did a fine job! They applied this same style to Jane Austen’s books “Emma” and “Persuasion”. But this book cover was my favorite of the three.

“Dear, dear Norland,” said Elinor, “probably looks much as it always does at this time of the year. The woods and walks thickly covered with dead leaves.”

“Oh,” cried Marianne, “with what transporting sensation have I formerly seen them fall! How have I delighted, as I walked, to see them driven in showers about me by the wind! What feelings have they, the season, the air altogether inspired! Now there is no one to regard them. They are seen only as a nuisance, swept hastily off, and driven as much as possible from the sight.”

“It is not everyone,” said Elinor, “who has your passion for dead leaves.”

For Elinor Dashwood, sensible and sensitive, and her romantic, impetuous younger sister Marianne, the prospect of marrying the men they love appears remote. In a world ruled by money and self-interest, the Dashwood sisters have neither fortune nor connections. Concerned for others and for social proprieties, Elinor is ill-equipped to compete with self-centered fortune-hunters like Lucy Steele, while Marianne’s unswerving belief in the truth of her own feelings makes her more dangerously susceptible to the designs of unscrupulous men.

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5. In Her Own Hand

This collection is by far the simplist of the five displayed today. But I still like it. I can imagine how pretty it would look displayed on a book shelf. The spine is designed like a volume of encyclopedias. I always loved the way encyclopedias looked, so this had to make the list.

For the first time, all three volumes of Jane Austen’s brilliant early manuscripts are available in in beautiful facsimile editions.

Forever immortalized as the author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen actually produced her first “books” as a teenager. Taking their names from the inscriptions on their covers Volume the First, Volume the Second, and Volume the Third these brilliant little collections include the stories, playlets, verses, and moral fragments she wrote likely from the ages of twelve to eighteen.

As a young author, Jane Austen delighted in language, employing it with great humor and surprising skill. She was adept at parodying the popular stories of her day and entertained her readers with outrageous plot lines and characters. Kathryn Sutherland, in her introductions, places Austen’s earliest works in context and explains how she mimicked even the style and manner in which this contemporary popular fiction was presented and arranged on the page.

None of her six famous novels survives in complete manuscript form. This is a unique opportunity to own likenesses of Jane Austen’s notebooks as originally written in her own hand.

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The In Her Own Hand series boxed set contains facsimile editions of Jane Austen’s fiction, in her handwriting. The books include transcriptions by R. W. Chapman first recorded in 1953. In Her Own Hand boxed set of all three volumes includes:
-Volume the First
-Volume the Second
-Volume the Third

Let’s Talk About It!

Today I went over the 5 best Jane Austen books, but with a twist. I ranked them by the cover rather than the story. They were all beautiful, so it took me awhile to choose the order. But I finally made my decision. Which of these 5 do you think is the best? Tell me in the comments below!

With love,

Alexis M.

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