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20 April 2018: Charlotte Brontë

 Saturday the 21st April marks 202 years since the birth of Charlotte Brontë. In honour of this we have decided to write a short post on some of our favourite Brontë works in our library.

Charlotte Brontë was the eldest of the three literary siblings. Charlotte and her sisters, Emily and Anne, are well known as poets and novelists. Many of their works have become classics of English literature. Charlotte was the first of the Brontë sisters to have critical success with her novel Jane Eyre, originally issued under the pseudonym of Currer Bell.

We have a lovely limited edition of Jane Eyre set in Garamond type using the press of the Imprimerie Nationale de France in Paris. It is illustrated with seventeen lithographic plates by Ethel Gabain. Jane Eyre is a bildungsroman which follows the titular protagonist through her growth to adulthood, whilst dealing with her love for Mr Rochester the Byronic master of fictitious Thornfield Hall. Click here to see our listing.

Aside from Jane Eyre there are several other well-known Brontë works in the Canon such as Wuthering Heights by Emily and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne. We have a rather nice cloth bound set of the Brontë’s works in seven volumes. These works have an introduction by Mrs Humphry Ward and a biographical study by Clement K Shorter. Click here to see our listing.

On the note of scholarly texts on the Brontë’s we have several fascinating works. The Brontës by Phyllis Bentley is a biography from ‘The English Novelists’ series on the sisters. Bentley wrote many works on the Brontës and became quite the authority. Our copy of this work is the second edition and is held in the original scarce dustwrapper. Click here for our listing. Another scholarly work in our library is The Brontë s Came Here. This work, by Phyllis Whitehead, provides the reader with insight into the significance of place to the novels of the Brontë sisters. The then president of the  Brontë society, Donald Hopewell, has written the preface to this work. Photographic illustrations depict the various locations throughout.  Click here for our listing.

For the avid collector of works by the Brontë’s we have a first edition of A Brontë Bibliography by G Anthony Yablon and John R Turner. This work is a comprehensive guide to all published articles on the Brontë’s and discusses several issue points. Click here for our listing. 

These works are just a small sample of our Brontë collection. Please feel free to peruse our website to see what other treasures we hold or contact us if we can be of any help.

 

 

 

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