Palazzo to celebrate 200 years of Austen

Palazzo to celebrate 200 years of Austen

Bath-based independent Palazzo is to publish illustrated editions of Jane Austen's novels to mark the bicentenary of their original publication.

The Bath Bicentenary Editions will launch with Sense and Sensibility, first published on 30th October 1811. Palazzo's edition, which will come out on 28th September (h/b, £20), will have colour plate and silhouette illustrations by artist Niroot Puttapipat, who has also illustrated Austen for the Folio Society. The book will carry a foreword by Katherine Reeve, author of Jane Austen in Bath.

Palazzo publisher Colin Webb said Puttapipat's illustrations were "meticulous and beautiful," and that the publisher had "an ambitious plan" to publish a comparable edition of each book as its bicentenary date occurred. The next will be Pride and Prejudice, to be published at the end of next year.

"Bath held a special resonance for Jane Austen, who lived here during a major period of transition in her life, and the city undoubtedly contributed to the plotlines and characters in her wonderful stories," Webb said.

"This is why Bath makes the perfect backdrop for the publishing of the bicentenary editions of her famous novels." He called the illustrated Sense and Sensibility "not only a timely celebration of the enduring work of Jane Austen, but of Bath's unique cultural heritage as well."