As a taster of what we can expect to come in this year of Pride and  Prejudice 200, the Royal Mail has announced that it is to release a set of commemorative stamps to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first publication of Pride and Prejudice in 1813.

The last time they issued a set of stamps commemorating Jane Austen was in 1975, to celebrate the bicentenary of her birth. As you know, I adore this set of stamps which were designed by Barbara Brown, and I have written about them a while ago, and you can see my old post, here.

The images for the new set, to be released on the 21st February 2013, are not being previewed  except for this image, below, of the 77 pence stamp which illustrates Mr Knightley taking Emma to task after the dreadful picnic on Box Hill:

Royal Mail commemorative stamp illustrating a scene from "Emma"

Royal Mail commemorative stamp illustrating a scene from “Emma”

I have, of course,  placed my order for the complete set with my local Post Office, and I will be writing about the full set in February, when they are released.

Update: the lovely Raquel of Jane Austen In Portuguese has just contacted me to tell me she has found a complete set of the stamps:

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They are designed by Angela Barrett. The Pride and Prejudice Stamp shows the moment in the Picture Gallery at Pemberley when Elizabeth Bennet contemplates Darcy’s portrait. Here is a link to a gallery of some of Angela Barret’s lovely and very atmospheric illustrations.