Norvic Philatelics - GB New Stamps and Special Postmarks

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen - 21 February 2013

This year marks the bicentenary of the publication of Jane Austen’s most famous novel Pride and Prejudice.  Selling over 20 million copies worldwide Pride and Prejudice has been fi lmed for numerous film and television adaptations.

Austen’s works, set within the world of the English middle and upper classes, are noted for their sharp wit, social observation and insights into the lives of 19th century women. There are six published novels; Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Persuasion and Northanger Abbey. Originally published anonymously, the novels have grown in popularity over the years, gaining academic acceptance in the 1930s, and now have a devoted following of ‘Janeites’.

  Three stamps from Jane Austen ste. 
Three stamps from Jane Austen 2013 set.
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1st Class - Sense and Sensibility; Pride and Prejiduce

77p - Mansfield Park; Emma

£1.28 - Northanger Abbey; Persuasion

The stamps in detail

1st Class - Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility was Jane Austen’s first published work when it appeared in 1811 under the pseudonym “A Lady”. Set in southwest England between 1792 and 1797 it follows the life and loves of the Elinor and Marianne Dashwood as they experience love, romance and heartbreak.

1st Class – Pride and Prejudice
Published in 1813, Pride and Prejudice follows the adventures of Elizabeth Bennett as she deals with deals with manners, upbringing, morality, education, and romance with the proud Mr Darcy.

77p – Mansfield Park
Fanny Price is a “poor relation” living with the Bertrams, acutely conscious of her inferior status and yet daring to love their son Edmund from afar. Mansfield Park was the first novel of Jane Austen’s maturity, and the first in which the author turned her unerring eye on the concerns of English society at a time of great upheaval.

77p – Emma
Twenty-one-year-old Emma Woodhouse comfortably dominates the social order in the village of Highbury, convinced that she has both the understanding and the right to manage other people’s lives for their own good. Her well-meant interfering centres on the foolish, if appealing, Harriet Smith, the aloof Jane Fairfax, the dangerously attractive Frank Churchill, and the ambitious young vicar Mr. Elton, and it ends with her complacency shattered, her mind awakened to some of life’s more intractable dilemmas, and her happiness assured.

£1.28 – Northanger Abbey
Catherine Morland is embroiled in misapprehension, mistreatment, and mortification when she is invited to Northanger Abbey, the forbidding ancestral seat of her suitor, Henry Tilney, until common sense and humour and a crucial clarification of Catherine’s financial status puts all to right.

£1.28 – Persuasion
Anne Elliot, daughter of the snobbish Sir Walter Elliot, is a woman of quiet charm and deep feelings. At nineteen she fell in love with a fearless naval officer, Captain Wentworth. But as he had no fortune, Anne was persuaded to give him up. Eight years later, Wentworth returns, rich and unwed. What happens as the two are thrown together in the social world of Bath and as an eager new suitor appears for Anne is touchingly and wittily told in a masterpiece that is also one of the most entrancing novels in the English language.

Technical details:
The 27 x 37mm stamps were designed by Webb & Webb, using newly commissioned illustrations by Angela Barrett, and printed in sheets of 25/50 by Cartor Security Printing, Meaucé, France, in lithography and perforated 14 x 14.
All images copyright Royal Mail ©2013.

Products issued - we will not be stocking these 

Set of 6 stamps
Presentation Pack containing set  
Set of 6 stamp cards
First Day Cover

Special first day of issue postmarks will be shown here. These cannot be obtained the date of issue; more may be added. Not to scale.

Official Talents House postmark - image awaited.    Jane Austen Steventon FD postmark. Steventon non-pictorial FD postmark.
Bath postmark showing signature.
Bath postmark showing profile of young woman.
Ref FD1305TH
Official Bureau postmark
Ref FD1305PL
Steventon, Basingstoke, official first day of issue postmark
Ref FD1305NP
Steventon non-pictorial official first day of issue postmark
Ref W12790
Jane Austen, Bath Somerset
Ref W12791
Jane Austen,
Queen Square, Bath
Postmark showing Victorian couple.
Postmark showing lady's hat.
Postmark showing a quill pen in inkpot.
Stampex postmark for Jane Austen stamps.
Standard Stampex postmark.
Ref M12788
Austen Place, Birmingham
Ref L12783
Jane Austen, Chawton, Alton
Ref L12784,
Jane Austen, Chawton, Alton
Ref L 12796
Spring Stampex FDI
Ref L12795 Stampex standard postmark for 21 February

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