Tuesday, December 11, 2012

All I want for Christmas - Day 2 Giveaway!

Today's gift is a lovely book - Mrs Hurst Dancing and other scenes from Regency Life 1812-1823

This is an old book published in 1981 but it is beautiful with some stunning illustrations! There are seventy of them and they were painted by Diana Sperling between 1812 and 1823.


Di, as she was known in the family was born in 1791 and until she married lived with her parents, brothers and sister at Dynes Hall near Halstead in Essex.

 She loved to depict the daily events of the family - many are humorous and all are charming!
If you'd like to win this copy, please leave your name and a contact email below. Open internationally - winner announced Monday, 17th December! Please come back tomorrow for another gift! 


46 comments:

Felicia said...

What a beautiful book! I'd love a chance to win!

Felicia

felicialso @gmail. com

Jane Odiwe said...

It is gorgeous, Felicia-I'll add your name to the hat for today!

Else M Tennessen said...

This book sounds wonderful, and sure to cheer, especially at Christmas. I'd love to win; please enter me. Happy holidays to you!

Jane Odiwe said...

Hello Else-it's a perfect Christmas book-I'll add your name to the hat! Happy Holidays to you too.

Nina Benneton said...


Oooh! Pick me! Pick me!!!

It would go so great in my Jane Austen's shrine.

My kids asked me what I wanted for Xmas, and I couldn't think of anything except foot creme. This is much better! If I don't win, I might have to buy myself one!

PS: I think you meant December 17, not November 17?

Gabriella Parisi said...

This book is gorgeous! I would like to own a copy of this one!

gabriella @diariodipensieripersi .com

Jane Odiwe said...

Hi Nina, thank you for pointing out that silly mistake-I meant December, of course! I've added your name to the hat!
Gabriella-thank you for stopping by to add a comment-I've added your name into Mr Darcy's hat.

Kelli H. said...

This book looks gorgeous! I would love a chance to win it! Thank you for this lovely giveaway, Jane!!=)
kellik115(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jane Odiwe said...

Hi Kelli, thank you for joining in the fun! I'll add your name to the hat.

susied said...

I would love to win a copy of this book. The illustrations look awesome!

Thank you!
Whitby1734(at)aol(dot)com

Jane Odiwe said...

Awesome indeed! Susied, your name is in the hat!

Giada M. said...

What a lovely lovely book! Thank you for this chance! :D

Giada M.

fabgiada (at) gmail (dot) com

Janet T said...

What a lovely book! That is a great giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.
This is such fun, win or not! Thanks.
jbtaylor12(at)gmail(dot)com

Jenn said...

This sounds like an absolutely charming book! I'd love to have it sitting on my coffee table. I know my mom would enjoy it when she comes for Christmas.

Stephanie L said...

That's gorgeous! Love those illustrations. That peek into the past is so amazing.

Thanks for the giveaway!
thx4praying at aol dot com

Jane Odiwe said...

Gaida, Janet, Jenn and Stephanie - thank you for stopping to leave a comment - I've added your names to the hat!

Mary Morgan said...

Anything about Jane Austen would be lovely. Very beautiful pictures...
jmorgia(at)aol(dot)com

ColleenL said...

Beautiful looking book!

ColleenL
colleenday [at] hotmail [dot] com

Emily Pryer said...

Beautiful book with absolutely stunning illustrations!

rabbittrackdaycare@wildblue.net

Anonymous said...

Lynn Bischoff anchorpoint@telus.net
This looks lovely.

Margay said...

I love the pictures, they're gorgeous!

Jane Odiwe said...

Mary, Colleen, Emily and Margay, thank you for stopping by to leave a comment - your names have been added to the hat!
Mary, just to make it clear in case I gave you the wrong impression-this isn't about Jane Austen but was executed by someone who lived in her time period.

Serena said...

You are having some great giveaways...This one is also gorgeous.

please enter me

savvyverseandwit at gmail

Jane Odiwe said...

Mr Darcy has his hat at the ready, Serena! Thank you for entering.

Monica said...

This seems a very beautiful book and so special!
Thanks!

Monica
moon.card (at) yahoo (dot) com

Jakki Leatherberry said...

What a beautiful book! The pictures are great and I am sure the captions are just as interesting. Thanks so much for the giveaway, Jane!
jakki36 AT yahoo DOT com

Jane Odiwe said...

Monica and Jakki-lovely to see you here-your names are in the hat!

Danielle said...

Wow what a beautiful book. Where do you find treasures like these? I bet they have all kinds of goodies.

Danielle
drcopeland(at)hotmail(dot)com

Jane Odiwe said...

Danielle, I often get sent books-in this case I've been given two-so I thought it would be lovely for someone else to enjoy a copy. I've added your name into the hat.

Margaret Literary Chanteuse said...

I have never seen this book before. How Lovely!

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

Margaret Literary Chanteuse said...

I have never seen this book before. How Lovely!

Margaret
singitm(at)hotmail(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I would love a chance to win this book! I will probably buy it if I don't. The illustrations are beautiful!

Audrey
aisling_uo (at) yahoo (dot) com

peanutbuttercup said...

What a beautiful book! I hope I'm the lucky one who wins it.

Pam Hunter
Pamh5230@yahoo.com

Diane P. Diamond said...

Where do you find these wonderful books. The illustrations shown are amazing. What a wonderful opportunity for somebody to win this.

Thank you for this chance to win.

dpd333 (at) aol dot com

Jane Odiwe said...

Audrey, Pam, Diane and Lynn-thank you-I'll add your names to the hat.

Erika Messer said...

Erika Messer
abbyswarriormom@aol.com

MonicaP said...

Beautiful illustrations! I'd not heard of this book before.

Monica
monicaperry00 at gmail dot com

Amy B. said...

thank you so much for offering these lovely books this week!

Amy B.
Bledsoefamily4 AT sbcglobal dot net

Jane Odiwe said...

Erika, Monica and Amy, thank you for your kind comments, I've added your names to the hat!

redrose15 said...

Wow, it looks so beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

bitemeleechlover[at]gmail[.]com

Jane Odiwe said...

redrose15-thank you-I've added your name to the hat!

Diana said...

This looks wonderful, thank ypou for the giveaway!

Artemis
artgiote at gmail dot com

shelly said...

The illustrations in this book look beautiful! Thanks for the chance and Happy Christmas!
donnyandshelly at yahoo dot com

Lisa S said...

A little late to the party but so glad I could put my hat in the ring. Thank you Jane!

Lisa
slapshinyhappy at yahoo dot com

Jane Odiwe said...

Thank you everyone-your names are added to the hat!

Mer said...

I hope I'm still slipping in under the deadline. This looks absolutely charming.

dancingcelt at gmail dot com