Jane Austen received only one cheque from her publisher, John Murray, for her fourth novel, Emma. It was for the unprincely sum of 38 pounds, 18 shillings and one penny (£38.90, worth about £3,480 today) — and they spelt her name wrong. It was written for “Austin” rather than Austen.
The cheque will go on display at the Which Jane Austen? exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford from June 23, along with newly discovered letters.
Kathryn Sutherland, a professor of bibliography at Oxford University and curator of the exhibition, said: “The only way Jane could cash it [the cheque] was by counter-signing it on the…
? exhibition: the cheque for £38.90 that Austen was payed for Emma.