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Brontë, Charlotte]
1849. By Currer Bell, author of "Jane Eyre." In Three Volumes. London: Smith, Elder and Co., 1849. 16 pp Vol I ads dated October 1849; 3 pp (integral) Vol III undated ads. Original blind-stamped purple-brown cloth. First Edition of Charlotte Brontë's second published novel, following JANE EYRE -- still under the pseudonym of "Currer Bell." The tale takes place in Yorkshire at the time of the Luddite riots (during the later stages of the war against Bonaparte): a textile mill owner risks death and destruction by trying to replace workers with machinery, and hopes to avoid financial ruin with a loveless marriage to Shirley -- who sees through him and rejects him. The tale is generally considered not to be one of Charlotte Brontë's better efforts -- she did a magnificent job describing Shirley (modeling her after her sister Emily), but most critics agree that stretching the novel to fill three volumes (as was required by the lending libraries of the time) was not a good idea. In this set, the cloth is vertically-ribbed on Vols I and II, but horizontally-ribbed on Vol III; Smith indicates that this is often the case, saying that the cloth is "horizontally or vertically ribbed." SHIRLEY was unfortunately bound in very delicate purple-brown blind-stamped cloth similar to that used on JANE EYRE two years earlier; as a result, most copies encountered today have had to be rebound in leather, usually without the Vol I ad catalogue. However this copy is still in the original cloth, albeit rebacked with the original spines laid down (about a third of an inch of the newer cloth is visib … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA] [Yarmouth, ME, U.S.A.]

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