Bronte (Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell) | First Editions
The Brontës were a nineteenth-century literary family, who grew up in the village of Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The three sisters, Charlotte (1816–1855), Emily (1818–1848), and Anne (1820–1849), are widely celebrated for their novels and poetry; they produced such iconic works as Jane Eyre, Villette, Wuthering Heights, and Agnes Grey.
Like many female writers of the period, the sisters originally published their poems and novels under male pseudonyms: Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. Their works were quickly the subject of national scrutiny - of both the positive and the perturbed sort. Charlotte's Jane Eyre was the first to know success, whilst Emily and Anne's success was largley posthumous. Emily's Wuthering Heights and Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall have since been hailed as masterpieces of literature, with praise from writers such as Simone de Beauvoir for unabashedly confronting the complexity of female psyche, and questions of passion and sexuality.
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Edinburgh: John Grant, 1905. [Prose Works] LEATHER BOUND THORNTON EDITION, first printings thus. 12 volumes. Octavo (21 x 15cm). With a frontispiece illustration to each volume, and numerous black and white photographic plates showing Bronte country. Elegantly bound in navy blue half morocco, with raised bands, gilt titles on twin.....
London: The Zodiac Press, 1955. [Classic Literature] FINELY BOUND, the third impression thus. Octavo (24 x 15cm), pp.x; 308. Title page printed in two colours. Elegantly bound in blue half crushed morocco, by Frost & Co. of Bath, with raised bands and gilt to spine, light blue buckram-covered boards, marbled.....