First Edition Set of Brontė Sisters Works Estimated to Sell for £60,000 80,000 In the week following the 198th birthday of Charlotte Brontė, a complete first edition set of the novels by the three Brontė Sisters will be offered for sale
News-Antique.com - May 07,2014 - First Edition Set of Brontė Sisters Works Estimated to Sell for £60,000 80,000
In the week following the 198th birthday of Charlotte Brontė, a complete first edition set of the novels by the three Brontė Sisters will be offered for sale for the first time in a sale of Important Books and Manuscripts, held by Dreweatts & Bloomsbury Auctions on Monday 19th May at their saleroom in Londons Mayfair.
Published under the sisters pseudonyms, the complete set includes one on the most famous novels in the English language, Wuthering Heights, by Emily Brontė. The other works comprise Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontė, 1847; Agnes Grey, Anne Brontė, 1847; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, by Anne Brontė, 1848; Shirley, by Charlotte Brontė, 1849; Villette By Charlotte Brontė, 1853; The Professor, By Charlotte Brontė, 1857; The Brontė Family with special reference to Patrick Branwell Brontė, 1886.
The sisters started writing at a young age to escape the tragedy of their mothers death and the death of their two older sisters. They also took inspiration from the countryside around their home in the village of Haworth, Yorkshire, where they lived with their brother Patrick Bramwell.
In 1846 they devised pen names that would disguise their gender whilst preserving their initials, thus Charlotte, Emily and Anne became Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Bell was the middle name of Haworths curate Arthur Bell Nicholls, whom Charlotte later married.
The set was collected by American lawyer Thomas Lincoln Chadbourne (1871-1938), founder of Chadbourne & Parke, it was passed to his daughter Marjorie Chandbourne, and then by descent in the family to his grand-daughter. It is the first time they have ever been offered as a collection at auction, and together they are estimated to sell for £60,000-80,000. [Lot 67]
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