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AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1817). Signature ('Yours very affec[tionate]ly, Jane'), cut from a letter, n.d.
AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1817). Signature ('Yours very affec[tionate]ly, Jane'), cut from a letter, n.d.

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AUSTEN, Jane (1775-1817). Signature ('Yours very affec[tionate]ly, Jane'), cut from a letter, n.d.

22 x 91 mm. [With:] A later envelope, inscribed with provenance notes.

Provenance: Fanny Catherine Knight, Lady Knatchbull (1793-1882, niece of Jane Austen), given to – ‘H.P. Hope’, who, according to the endorsement on the accompanying envelope, dated 15 November 1858, ‘says “Lady K would have sent the entire letter, had it not contained family matters”’.

A tantalising fragment from one of the most elusive hands in English literature: Jane Austen's signature, cut from one of her letters written to her favourite niece, Fanny Catherine Knight, apparently containing ‘family matters’. Any Austen autograph item is rare at auction: only four have sold in the last twenty years (ABPC/RBH).

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