Lot n° 11
600000 - 800000
Result with fees
: 780 000EUR
BRONTË CHARLOTTE (1816-1855)
Autograph MANUSCRIPT signed « CHARLOTTE BRONTË », Second Series of The Young Men’s Magazines. No Second. For September 1830 Edited by Charlotte Brontë. Sold by Sergeant Tree and all other booksellers in the chief Glass Town Paris Ross GT Parrys GT Wellingtons Glass Town &c &c &c Finished August 19, 1830. August 1830 ; written in minuscule script, comprising title page (p. 1), half-title and contents (p. 2), “A Letter from Lord Charles Wellesley” (pp. 3-10), “The Midnight Song” (pp. 11-14), “Journal of a Frenchman [continued]” (pp. 14-18), “Advertisements (“...Six young men wish to let themselves all a hire for the purpose of cleaning out pockets they are in reduced CIRCUMSTANCES...”) (p. 19), blank except for “Em R” in a different hand (p. 20). Single quire of five bifolia (dimensions : 35 x 61 mm), 20 pages, brown paper cover, in a red folder and brown morocco slip-off case (50 x 70mm) with gilt lettering on the spine (“Young Men’s Magazine | C. Brontë | Sept. 1830”), in exceptional condition but with tiny nick to second leaf, without paper loss.
Exceptional unpublished miniature manuscript by the young Charlotte Brontë, aged 14 years old. An unpublished manuscript containing three works by the young Charlotte Brontë. Never seen by scholars, this is undoubtedly the most important Brontë manuscript to have appeared at public auction in more than thirty years and one of only a handful of such manuscripts remaining in private hands. The “magazine” is set in the fantasy world of “Glass Town”, the earliest of the fictional worlds created by the four Brontë siblings.
Charlotte’s first burst of creativity, of which the magazine is a representative example, came in early adolescence. Its wellspring was the intense community she formed with her three siblings.
Brontë juvenilia is of unusual importance as their childhood empires of the imagination loom so large in our understanding and appreciation of the
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