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On this day: 16 December 1775, Jane Austen was born

On this day, 16 December 1775, Jane Austen, one of the greatest English novelists, was born.

Her works of romantic fiction, including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Persuasion and Emma are some of the most widely read novels in English literature and are renowned for their realism, biting irony and social commentary.

The State Library of New South Wales holds many editions of works by and about Jane Austen.

These illustrations are from a limited edition of Pride and Prejudice (drawings by Robert Ball) Rare Books MacPherson/ 0039

Rare Books copy: No. 312 of limited ed. of 1000 copies and signed by artist.

Garden City, N.Y. : Doubleday, Doran, 1945 (Boston, Mass. : Merrymount Pr)