Lady Susan : autograph manuscript, fair copy, of a novel, undated.

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Record ID: 
132591
Accession number: 
MA 1226
Author: 
Austen, Jane, 1775-1817.
Date: 
undated.
Credit: 
Purchased, 1947.
Description: 
1 item (159 p.) ; 19.1 cm
Notes: 

High reserve.
Left complete but unpublished and without title at the author's death.
Written on 79 leaves, 2 of them bearing the date 1805 in the watermark.
Watermark: Fragment of lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 3. Watermark, infrared reflectography, page 3. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm1_MA_1226_p3_WM_IR.tif
Watermark: Fragment of lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 7. Watermark, infrared reflectography, page 7. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm2_MA_1226_p7_WM_IR.tif
Watermark: Fragment of lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 9-10. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 9-10. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm3_MA_1226_p9-10_Austen_WM_beta.tif
Watermark: Fragment of lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 11. Watermark, infrared reflectography, page 11. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm4_MA_1226_p11_WM_IR.tif
Watermark: Fragment of lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 19-20. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 19-20. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm5_MA_1226_p19-20_WM_beta.tif
Watermark: Fragment of lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 21. Watermark, infrared reflectography, page 21. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm6_MA_1226_p21_WM_IR.tif
Watermark: SHARP, page 55. Watermark, infrared reflectography, page 55. SHARP. 132591wm7_MA_1226_p55_WM_IR.tif
Watermark: Fragment of lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 56-57. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 56-57. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm8_MA_1226_p56-57_WM_beta.tif
Watermark: Lion(?) with sword inside crowned triple circle, page 70-71. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 70-71. Lion, sword, crown, circle. 132591wm9_MA_1226_p70-71_WM_beta.tif
Watermark:1805, page 85. Watermark, infrared reflectography, page 85. 1805. 132591wm10_MA_1226_p85_WM_IR.tif
Watermark: SHARP, page 97-98. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 97-98. SHARP. 132591wm11_MA_1226_p97-98_WM_beta.tif
Watermark: 1805, page 107-108. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 107-108.1805. 132591wm12_MA_1226_p107-108_WM_beta.tif
Watermark: SHARP, page 151-152. Watermark, beta radiograph, page 151-152. SHARP. 132591wm13_MA_1226_p151-152_WM_beta.tif

Summary: 

Being a fair copy in the author's hand, written on the rectos and versos of 79 leaves; with a dedication, most likely in Austen's hand, "For / Lady Knatchbull."

Housed in: 
Blue cloth drop-spine box (34.2 cm.)
Binding: 
Orange morocco with elaborate gold tooling, lettered "Jane Austen / The Original Manuscript of Lady Susan / presented to her neice Lady Knatchbull"(32.5 cm.); bound by Rivière; the manuscript has been disbound and is housed separately.
Provenance: 
Purchased from James F. Drake in 1947; the manuscript was presented to Fanny Knight (Lady Knatchbull), from whose family it passed (1891) to the Earl of Roseberry; at the sale of his library (Sotheby, 26 June 1933) it was acquired by Walter M. Hill; the Morgan Library purchased it in 1947 from James F. Drake.