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British stamps commemorate 200th anniversary of 'Pride and Prejudice'

Feb. 21, 2013 at 12:15 PM ET

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The British postal service is releasing a new set of stamps commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Jane Austen's classic novel "Pride And Prejudice."

A new set of stamps featuring illustrated scenes from each of Jane Austen’s six novels went on sale Thursday throughout the United Kingdom to mark the 200th anniversary of the author’s classic novel, “Pride and Prejudice.”

In addition, all mail sent from Chawton, the village where Austen spent her final years, and Steventon, where the author was born, will bear a special postmark for a week, according to a statement released by Royal Mail, the British postal service.

The postmark, “Do anything rather than marry without affection,” is a quote from “Pride and Prejudice.”

“When you think of great British authors, Jane Austen inevitably comes to mind. Her novels have contributed immeasurably to British culture over the last two centuries,” Royal Mail spokesman Andrew Hammond said in the release. “New generations continue to fall in love with her work through television and film adaptations, as well as, of course, the books themselves.”

Two first-class stamps will feature illustrations from “Pride and Prejudice” and another Austen classic, “Sense and Sensibility.” Images from “Mansfield Park,” “Emma,” “Northanger Abbey” and “Persuasion” finish out the set. Each stamp depicts original artwork commissioned by the Royal Mail.

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Royal Mail via Reuters
In addition to the release of the special stamps, all mail sent from the village where Austen spent her final years and the village where she was born will bear a special postmark for a week.
Image: Stamp
Royal Mail via Reuters
Each stamp of a set of six is dedicated to one of Austen's novels, depicting key scenes in specially commissioned artwork by illustrator Angela Barrett.
Image: Stamp
Royal Mail via Reuters
Two first-class stamps will feature illustrations from "Pride and Prejudice" and another Austen classic, "Sense and Sensibility."
Image: Stamp
Royal Mail via Reuters
The special postmark being used by the British postal service for the week of the novel's anniversary is a quote from "Pride and Prejudice" that reads "Do anything rather than marry without affection."

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