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3.0 out of 5 stars Decent collection but nothing special, November 13, 2012
This review is from: The Complete Novels of Jane Austen: Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Lady Susan (The Heirloom Collection) (Hardcover)
The quality of this collection is pretty decent. They are hardbacks and the bindings look to be sturdy. The "ribbon" for a bookmark placement is a nice homage to the era, as is the interior of the box.

I am a Jane veteran, and have read her stories throughout the years. I personally don't find the illustrations add much value. They aren't always of essential scenes or of sufficient quantity that they add much to the books. I prefer the leatherbound series offered by a competitor. However, it's difficult to get Lady Susan in hardback or leatherbound. If you're not familiar with Lady Susan, it's definitely worth a read - it tells the story using documents (letters, diary entries, etc) - and one of her wittiest "novels".

It's also difficult to justify this price for a non-leatherbound item for literary works that are in the public domain. If a reader isn't tied to a physical book, all of the titles can be read via an e-reader for very low cost or free.

For die-hard collectors, it's not a "must have" item. However, if there is someone just starting to discover Ms Austen's work, this would be a decent gift set.
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Initial post: Dec 11, 2012 11:25:58 AM PST
Sqidchik says:
Amy, do you have the name of the supplier of the leather bound volumes, by chance?

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 19, 2012 7:46:17 PM PST
Epilady says:
It's the B&N one. Sometimes they have it online.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 21, 2012 1:05:48 AM PST
Sqidchik says:
O.k., I will look for it. Thank you!

Posted on Jun 15, 2013 6:22:07 AM PDT
Thank you for this review. Over the years I've read all of Austen, but also the years have made keeping them hard through too many moves. Now the problem is being able to read books. Is the print in this edition readable, that is dark and large font? Any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Barrie W. Bracken

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 13, 2013 11:58:11 PM PDT
Epilady says:
That's a difficult question, with both "large" and "dark" being subjective. I do feel that the print size in the book is slightly larger than what one sees in most print books currently, and it's a typical black saturation. It's definitely not as large as a large print book, however.

Since I posted my review, I see that it is now available in a Kindle version, which, if you don't want the feeling of the actual book in your hands, might alleviate any issues with font type, size, or darkness since those are all controllable features.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2016 11:11:27 AM PDT
Dr. Roberta says:
I'm an experienced reader, but a newly-serious reader of Jane Austen novels. I entered the Amazon website looking for some direction in filling my retirement free time with a pleasurable way of studying the context of Austen novels and/or the development of Jane Austen's writing style. I read and enjoyed a review that you wrote, and find myself spontaneously writing this email. I am a psychoanalyst and a published writer in my own profession. I love reading history and have traveled in England many times. I also love being an independent-student; so, I'm telling you all this in the hope that you will make one or two suggestions that I can include in my scholarly efforts. Sincerely, Dr. Roberta
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