Unique Jane Austen manuscript now online
The first page of Jane Austen's unfinished novel Sanditon
King’s unique manuscript of Jane Austen’s novel Sanditon, unfinished at her death in 1817, is now available online at Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts. You can look at digital facsimiles of the pages and read a searchable transcription of the text.
The Jane Austen Fiction Manuscripts Project aims to digitise all surviving manuscripts of Austen’s fiction and build a virtual collection of her work. So far the collection includes manuscripts held in the British Library, the Bodleian Library, Oxford, the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York, and in private collections.
The project is organised by the University of Oxford and King’s College, London, and funded by The Arts and Humanities Research Council.
The manuscript of Sanditon was given to King’s by Mary Isabella Lefroy in 1930, in memory of Provost Augustus Austen-Leigh (1840-1905) and his wife, her sister Florence (1857-1926). Both the Austen-Leighs and the Lefroys were related to Jane Austen. King’s also has two collections of Jane Austen books, first and later editions, given by Dorothy Warren and David Gilson.