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Jane Austen stamps issued
2:28pm Saturday 23rd February 2013 in News
A SET of stamps celebrating the timeless works of Hampshire’s most famous author has been issued by Royal Mail.
In the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, new artwork depicting key scenes from each of her major novels has been commissioned for six stamps.
And for a week mail posted in the village of Chawton – where the author spent her last years – and her birthplace of Steventon, near Basingstoke will be marked with a special postmark.
The postmark features the quote: “Do anything rather than marry without affection”, taken from Pride and Prejudice.
Illustrations from key scenes in Pride a n d Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion make up the set.
Andrew Hammond, Royal Mail Stamps spokesman, said: “Her novels have contributed immeasurably to British culture over the last two centuries.
“It is therefore an honour for Royal Mail to commemorate her work with this set of stamps.”