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Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell
Smith, Elder & Co, London 1846 - First edition, second issue as usual, of the collected poems of the Brontë sisters, the first of their works to appear in print, published under their masculine pen names: Currer for Charlotte, Ellis for Emily, Acton for Anne. While conventional in form, the peculiar intensity of the poems, especially those written by Emily, set them apart from the verse of the day: "And, even yet, I dare not let it languish, / Dare not indulge in memory's rapturous pain; / Once drinking deep of that divinest anguish, / How could I seek the empty world again?" In 1846, London publisher Aylott and Jones printed 1000 copies of the poems at the sisters' request. Only a handful sold. The remaining copies were warehoused until the surprising success of Jane Eyre, when Charlotte's new publisher Smith, Elder & Co. purchased the unsold print run of the poems and reissued those copies with a new title page, as here. This copy contains the original errata slip, and is bound without the publisher's advertisements. Smith, Brontë Sisters, 1. A fine copy of a landmark in English literature, very handsomely bound. Octavo, contemporary three-quarter brown morocco gilt rebacked with original spine laid down, raised bands, marbled boards and endpapers, top edge gilt. Small morocco bookplate to front pastedown, later bookplate to rear free endpaper. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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