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Tuesday, 23 July, 2002, 08:26 GMT 09:26 UK
Rare Austen first edition discovered
Scene from BBC drama Pride and Prejudice
Pride and Prejudice is Austen's most popular novel
A rare first edition of the Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice has been found in a Scottish castle.

The three volume set was discovered in three different parts of the building - a tower, a library and a hallway.

The book will be auctioned off in Edinburgh on Friday, where it is expected to fetch about 12,000 pounds ($18,840).

The famous novel was uncovered when owners of the small Ayrshire castle packed their belongings ahead of a move.

"We initially found volume three in the tower," said Lyon and Turnbull book specialist John Sibbald on Monda.

"This in itself was a very exciting find.

"Later, my colleague and I were cataloguing some books in the hallway and found volume one. The hunt was then on for volume two. Happily we found it in the library."

Other treasures

Other rare items that will be auctioned by Lyon and Turnbull include a first edition copy of Treasure Island and a photo of Queen Victoria in her pony cart.

Wedding of Elizabeth and Mr Darcy
The novel has a happy ending
The castle owners, who wish to remain anonymous, called Mr Sibbald to their castle southwest of Glasgow to identify finds that began turning up during the move.

The original version of Austen's novel was written in the form of an exchange of letters in 1796-1797 under the title First Impressions.

Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813 and has long been Austen's best-loved novel.

The story, which was turned into a popular BBC drama, traces the tempestuous relationship between Elizabeth Bennett and Mr Darcy.

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