Life in the Country: With Quotations by Jane Austen and Silhouettes by Her Nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh

This beautiful book combines quotations by Jane Austen with charming silhouette drawings by her nephew James Edward Austen-Leigh which have never before been made available to a wide audience. To quote from the preface: 'These delightful silhouettes have brought pleasure to the Austen family for generations...they retain the same freshness, vigour and charm that make Jane Austen's writings so engaging. Jane said in a letter to her sister Caroline, written from Chawton in 1817: 'We were happy to see Edward, it was an unexpected pleasure and he makes himself as agreeable as ever, sitting in such a quiet comfortable way making his delightful sketches'.He later brought the fine art of silhouette to perfection, creating wonderfully evocative images of landscapes and the creatures that lived there...Jane Austen's lively text and her nephew's astute observations of nature combine in a way that uniquely illustrates their perspectives on life in the English countryside. This will be the trade edition of a fine-press book published in 2005.