What financial crisis?


Somebody’s making bank! Remember that auction of the three-volume first edition of Emma inscribed to Jane Austen’s friend, Anne Sharp? Well, if you were kicking yourself for not going for that last bid, Alert Janeite Sion let us know that the buyer’s reselling it at a healthy markup–nearly 100 percent! £325,000; about US$530,000. Remember what they say on Antiques Roadshow: something’s only worth what someone is willing to pay for it. It’s too bad it couldn’t have been purchased by a real Janeite who wanted to display it to the world but buy a greedy-guts Veruca Salt-like Austen carpetbagger. Alert Janeite Sarah noticed the book was featured on ABE’s “Bookshelves of the Rich and Famous.”