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[BRONTE, Charlotte]. BELL, Currer
Villette
London: Smith, Elder & Co, 1853. First edition. Three volumes. 8vo. 197x123mm. pp. Vol. I: [iv], 324, 12 pages of ads. Vol. II: [iv], 319 [1]. Vol. III: [iv], 350, [2]. Original brown cloth, cover stamped in blind with a three line border enclosing a further rectangular border which contains a floral design in each corner. Spine decorated in blind and lettered in gilt. Spine expertly repaired. Slight marking and rubbing and a very small tear to the cloth on the upper joint of volume three but overall in very good condition. Internally, there is some slight foxing, two very small closed tears to I3 and N4 of volume two and some black staining to the bottom edge of some of the leaves in volume one but overall a very good copy. The publishers' catalogue in volume one is dated January 1853 (i.e. the same month as publication of the novel). All the issue points noted by Smith are present. Issued without half-titles. A very nice set of what is thought by some, most notably George Eliot and Virginia Woolf, to be Charlotte Bronte's finest novel.
Bookseller: Voewood Rare Books [UK]
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