First edition of ‘Emma’ expected to fetch £100K at auction

London: The first edition of ‘Emma’, a classic novel by Jane Austen, is expected to fetch 100,000 pounds at an auction later this year.

The writer sent the book, shortly after it was published in 1815, to fellow novelist Maria Edgeworth whose family have put it up for sale.

The 16 December auction at Sotheby`s also includes a Wedgwood dinner set that belonged to Austen`s brother Edward, which is expected to sell for around 70,000 pounds.

"It is extremely rare for items with a Jane Austen association to be offered for sale and this is an exceptional opportunity to acquire a unique component of Austen family life,” the Scotsman quoted Peter Selley, from the auction house`s Books and Manuscripts Department, as saying.