Finely Bound Set of the Novels of the Sisters Bronte
Novels of The Sisters Bronte Including: Jane Eyre, The Professor, Shirley, Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Agnes Grey, and Wuthering Heights.
Item Number: 95868
Edinburgh: John Grant, 1922.
The Thornton edition of the novels of the Sisters Bronte. Octavo, 10 volumes. Bound in three quarters morocco over marbled boards, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, top edge gilt, engraved frontispiece to each volume. In fine condition. A stunning set.
Raised in the mid 19th-century in a small village in the countryside of Northern England, Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë created what have come to be considered some of the greatest works of literature, despite the isolation and often devastating conditions that defined their short lives. Charlotte, the eldest sister, was the driving force behind the publication of the sisters’ works; a passion that all three had developed very early in life as a form of play in the isolation of their father’s parsonage. She found it difficult to find a publisher willing to make the commercial risk of publishing women’s writing and finally published the sisters' first joint publication of poetry under the male pseudonyms of Currer (Charlotte), Ellis (Emily), and Acton (Anne) Bell. The Poems of 1846 attracted little attention, but the following year Charlotte’s Jane Eyre, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s Agnes Grey were published (after dozens of rejections) and received glowing critical acclaim, leading to their relative fame when they were finally able to prove to be the works’ true authors.