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Library Books Restored Panels

The Restored Books

Which books did Georgiana, Lady Willoughby de Broke actually read? We decided that the restored imitation books should celebrate the women authors whose works were really in Victorian Compton Verney. The new titles have all been chosen from the house’s library catalogue which was compiled in 1856. It is no surprise that fiction starts to feature more heavily—it was during the nineteenth century that the novel became the dominant literary form. We can also see the emergence of the middle-class woman writer, as reading and writing became more accessible and democratic activities.

However, the new spines are more than symbols of literary history. Crafted with traditional techniques by Warwickshire bookbinder John Richards, they also remind us that books can be works of art. For the full list of restored books click here

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Mary Brunton

Self-Control, 1811

Maria Edgeworth

Castle Rackrent (1800), Tales of Fashionable Life (1809 and 1812) and Patronage (1814)

Jane Austen

Mansfield Park (1814)

Aphra Behn

Oroonoko: Or, The Royal Slave (1688)

Charlotte Yonge

The Heir of Redclyffe, 1853

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