The Many Beautiful Editions of Austen Novels

As much as I’d love to say I’m a Jane Austen fan, I can’t. That’s probably because I’m a Jane Austen virgin. Yep, I’ve yet to read any of her books and you’re probably shocked by that certain horror but here come’s the good part: I’m planning to change that. Soon.

It’s been way too long since I last read a classic and I’ve decided it’s time to get into some Austen. So in hopes of looking for which copies I want to buy, I was looking through the many editions and OH MY GOD they’re all so lovely! I seriously wanna get them all.

On that note, I think y’all should also check them out for yourself! Here’s a collection of the many beautiful editions of Jane Austen novels:

Vintage Austen

vintage austen

Buy it: Sense and Sensibility // Pride and Prejudice // Northanger Abbey // Persuasion //
Emma // Mansfield Park

Mr Boddington’s for Penguin Classics

sense and sensibility boddington for penguin  pride and prejudice mr boddington for penguin

Check out Anthropologie for possible copies!

Penguin English Library

penguin sense and sensibility  penguin pride and prejudice  

penguin persuasion  penguin emma  penguin mansfield park

Buy it: Sense and Sensibility // Pride and Prejudice // Northanger Abbey // Persuasion //
Emma // Mansfield Park

Penguin Clothbound Classics

Buy it: Emma // Northanger Abbey // Persuasion // Mansfield Park //
Sense and Sensibility // Pride and Prejudice

White’s Fine Editions

Whites_Books_Fine_Edition_Pride_and_Prejudice Whites_Books_Fine_Edition_Emma

Buy it: Pride and Prejudice // Emma

Random House UK Collection

jane austen random house uk collection

Buy it: Northanger Abbey // Mansfield Park // Pride and Prejudice //
Persuasion // Sense and Sensibility // Emma

Splinter’s Classic Line

  emma classics  pride and prejudice by jane austen  sense and sensibility by jane austen

Buy it: Emma // Pride and Prejudice // Sense and Sensibility

Barnes and Noble Leatherbound Classics

leatherbound sense and sensibility jane austen leatherbound persuasion jane austen leatherbound pride and prejudice jane austen jane austen seven novels leatherbound classics

Buy it: Sense and Sensibility // Persuasion // Pride and Prejudice // Seven Novels

The Heirloom Collection

heirloom collection jane austen

Check out this beautiful set here!

The Penguin Complete Novels of Jane Austen

penguin complete novels jane austen

Check out this all-in-one Austen novel here!

I’m very much in love with all these editions! The only real crisis here is that I can’t choose between all of them. I mean- who could? I seriously can’t get enough of gorgeous hardbounds, pretty patterns, and beautifully designed and illustrated covers!

Are you an Austenite? What is your favorite Austen novel? Which one’s your favorite cover/edition?

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Kay @ It's a Book Life on August 21, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I LOVE these. They are gorgeous. I would love to have a nice set for my collection. I don’t own any pretty ones now just old battered ones that I had for school.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 3:34 am

      I love them too! And yes, gorgeous is the correct term to describe these editions! ;)

  2. theidlehourreview on August 21, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    We are both Austenites over at theidlehourreview!! We have both read all of Jane Austen’s novels at least once and most of them several times!

    I don’t have any of these versions of the books with the gorgeous covers (yet!) but that’s purely because I used to take them with me in my bag and so didn’t want to ruin them! But I will be investing in them, but like you not sure which ones!!

    I love love love Pride and Prejudice, closely followed by Nirthanger Abbey, Persuasion, Emma, Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park.

    Happy Reading!

    I think I might buy the Penguin Clothbound Classics for myself.


    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 3:33 am

      That’s lovely to hear! I seriously need to get into that Austenite circle myself and see what the fuss is about. ;) I do like the patterns of the Clothbounds but I’m not sure I’m a fan of the colors. I love that they come as a set though! :D

  3. Ana on August 21, 2014 at 5:36 pm

    Love the White’s Fine Editions & The Penguin Complete Novels of Jane Austen cover. And I’ve only read Pride & Prejudice. My bestfriend said Emma is the best Austen book for her so hopefully I get to read that soon. Here’s to our Austen journey!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 3:27 am

      I love those too! Shame they didn’t design the rest of Austen’s novels as well! How did you like P&P? :)

  4. Ashley on August 21, 2014 at 5:37 pm

    Awesome collection! I used to always want this version of Pride and Prejudice:

  5. Emily @ Books & Cleverness on August 21, 2014 at 5:50 pm

    *stares* Is it silly to want to own them all?! They are ALL gorgeous!

  6. Cayce on August 21, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Aww, so many pretties. ME WANTS THEM ALL.

    (And you should read Pride and Prejudice, at least. I promise, it’s good :)

  7. Chiara @ Books for a Delicate Eternity on August 21, 2014 at 7:04 pm

    I’d love to jump in here and proclaim my ardent and undying love for Jane Austen … but I’ve only read half of a book. And that book was Emma and it was so incredibly painful to read half of that book, I still don’t think I have recovered.

    But that doesn’t mean I won’t. Because Pride and Prejudice is one of my all time favourite movies – so I am bound to like the book, right? I hope I do.

    Also random fact: I collect different copies of P&P, even though I haven’t read it, haha XD


    • theidlehourreview on August 21, 2014 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Chiara

      I love all of Jane Austen’s books, but will admit I found Emna a bit difficult in places. But persevere as it is a wonderful story.

      Have you watched the movie of Pride and Prejudice with Keira knightly? Or the BBC adaptation with Colin Firth? I really disliked the movie version but the BBC version is amazing and the book is one of my all-time favourites – I just love all of the characters and the conversations and wish that I could be Elizabeth Bennett!I hope you love the book when you have read it.


      • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 3:16 am

        I didn’t know there was a BBC version of P&P! Will have to check it out if it’s better than the movie! :)

        • theidlehourreview on August 22, 2014 at 5:36 am

          It has Colin Firth in it as Mr Darcy *swoon* and it is longer than the movie but it is wonderful. I’ve watched it 10+ times and still love it.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 4:57 am

      Well, I’ve not read anything by her so you’re doing much better than me haha! Let’s see if I’ll like Emma. I hope you love P&P much better! I’m actually hoping to read that first. That’s so cool about you collecting copies of it! You should totes do a post about it, Chiara! :D

  8. Chyna @ Lite-Rate-Ture on August 21, 2014 at 9:29 pm

    I like the last version! I find it the prettiest of them all <3 I'm also a virgin HAHA but this year we're having Jane Austen as our book report. HAHA I can't wait to read what she's got. Great list Hazel!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 3:13 am

      I agree! The pink is so pretty! But that must be so heavy with all of the books compiled in one! Looks like we’ll both be Austen-devirginized LOLOLOL! Thanks, Chyna. :D

  9. Ebony @ Paperbacks & Protagonists on August 21, 2014 at 10:31 pm

    GAH! All of these are so beautiful such a hard decision choosing which editions to get! I’d have to say my favourites would probably be the Barnes & Noble Leatherbounds…but I’m not 100% sure. Wonderful post, Hazel! I’ve only read one full Austen novel, and that’s P&P. Though I have read bits and pieces of S&S and Emma.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 3:09 am

      I know! <3 I def would love to get the B&N editions but I'm so devastated that they're not a set! I want to get a whole collection. Anyhow, I'm thinking about reading P&P first! :)

  10. Aarati on August 22, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Oh my god. They are so damn pretty. Now I feel like I shouldn’t have bough the Oxford editions of her books. But I didn’t find these. God, I soo want those.
    And of course you should become an Austinite. I’ve read only two of her books, but still I love her. Pride and Prejudice is a must read. God I love these editions.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on August 22, 2014 at 3:07 am

      Right??? I actually saw those Oxford editions and they look pretty good but these are much more my style! I truly hope I enjoy Austen’s books when I pick them up. :)

  11. Jayvee on August 22, 2014 at 3:36 am

    These are incredibly gorgeous! My favorite would have to be both Splinters and White Fine’s Edition!

    Don’t worry, you ain’t the only virgin, although I’ve seen teh Pride and Prejudice film… :)

  12. Mel@thedailyprophecy on August 22, 2014 at 6:26 am

    I really love the SPLINTER’S CLASSIC LINE, because I like artwork and those colors are stunning. The pride and prejudice cover is my favorite one.

  13. Kazhy on August 22, 2014 at 6:51 am

    *drools* I’m also an Austen virgin, so you’re definitely not alone! I NEED that Heirloom collection *_*

  14. Alexa S. on August 22, 2014 at 10:58 am

    I love that you shared all these beautiful editions of Jane Austen novels with us, Hazel! They’re so pretty to look at (and almost too pretty for me to even consider reading them and not just keeping them on display). I’ve actually only read two Austen novels ever, but I’d like to read more someday!

  15. Helen @ My Novel Opinion on August 22, 2014 at 11:15 am

    I’ve never read Jane Austen either. I have them all on my Kindle slowly being forgotten about (as most of my kindle books do) so I think if I had some of these pretties on my shelf I would want to pick them up and read. My favorites are the Vintage Austen and Heirloom Collection sets. Thanks for sharing :)

  16. Miranda @ Tempest Books on August 22, 2014 at 10:39 pm

    I LOVE THESE ALL SO MUCH!! I was going to tell you which ones of these were my favorites, but I’m having trouble choosing haha. I pick them all??

  17. Nikki @ The Paper Sea on August 23, 2014 at 2:28 pm

    I’m an Austen virgin too! Yup, somehow we totally skipped over Pride & Prejudice and Emma in high school. We got lumbered with Wuthering Heights instead, which was so not my kind of book.

    I love love love the Barnes and Noble leatherbound editions, for pretty much all their range of classics. They’re so beautiful I’m tempted to pick one up every time I walk into Waterstone’s, but I’m not actually very much of a classics reader. I think Wuthering Heights scarred me a little (although I might actually think differently if I were to read that now!) and that projected itself onto every single classic novel ever, so I’m scared to try classics as a whole. The only classic I think I’ve read all the way through by choice is Les Misérables, but I had to watch the Hugh Jackman film edition to gear myself up first!

  18. Francesca on August 23, 2014 at 9:37 pm

    I’m a sucker for a beautiful book cover. I only just read my first Austen book last year (Pride and Prejudice) at the age of 25 so don’t feel too bad!! Definitely worth getting into, I think im going to have to purchse some of those beautiful covers. The problem is choosing which ones?

  19. Sifra (Brilliant Bookshelf) on August 24, 2014 at 9:27 am

    I’ve been meaning to buy a Jane Austen collection for a long time now but all these editions are so unique and beautiful that I can never make up my mind! My favorites are the Vintage Austen, the Penguin Clothbound Classics and the Barnes and Noble ones. Ohh what to choose?

    By the way, I’ve nominated you for a Liebster Award because I love your blog:

  20. acps927 on August 24, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    So many pretty Austen covers! I saw some recently at a bookstore and I thought, “I don’t care if I already own it, I want it!” But I resisted.

    I’ve read four out of Austen’s six novels so far and here’s my list from most favorite to least favorite: (1) Emma, (2) Pride and Prejudice, (3) Northanger Abbey, and (4) Persuasion. However, they are all worthwhile.

  21. Georgie @ What She Reads on August 25, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Pssht…I’m a JA Virgin too! All these editions are completely gorgeous and definitely a great tactic from publishers because of course we (most of us) judge books by their covers but you can’t help but want to own and read all of these.

  22. AlyssaZ on August 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

    ACK! These are all phenomenal! I NEED them all! It also makes me super sad at the crappy cover I have…boo.

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  24. Kate Uy on June 29, 2015 at 2:56 am

    Hi! Do you know where I can buy mr.boddington’s edition for jane austen in the Philippines? Or at least buy online for them??

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on June 29, 2015 at 4:42 am

      I only know Anthropologie had them for order online but it looks like they’re already out of stock. You could try to ask Fullybooked if they could acquire it for you but I think the chances are pretty slim since it seems to be a limited edition.

  25. Yani on December 26, 2015 at 2:32 am

    I have been looking for this for ages! Thank you so much, Hazel! <3

  26. Marie Edward on April 20, 2017 at 5:00 pm

    I own several editions of Jane Austen’s novels; two of them are her complete novels – and so I had to note something that stood out to me: nowhere in your photos of Jane’s novels did I see her novel Lady Susan. She has seven complete novels, not six. Thought I ought to let you know.
    My favourite copy of my Jane Austen novels is my Barnes & Noble Leather Bound Collectors Edition – not the one posted here, but a GORGEOUS light and dark teal/blue edition; it has metallic gold and silver on it, as well, and the page edges are gold leaf. I am just in love with it.

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