Charlotte Bronte Rare Books And Memorabilia
Charlotte Bronte Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the celebrated 19th century British novelist and poet Charlotte Brontë.
Charlotte Brontë was born on April 21st, 1816 and died on March 31st, 1855. Brontë is considered to be one of the most successful English novelists and poets of all time, and her two younger sisters, Emily and Anne also achieved literary success.
Brontë's most successful work is considered to be Jane Eyre, which was published in 1847 under Brontë's pen name "Currer Bell," a name which she used to publish her first two novels. (Brontë had other pen names as well such as "Lord Charles Albert" and "Florian Wellesley"). Charlotte, Emily and Anne published a collection of poetry in 1846 under the pen names "Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell." (Charlotte didn't reveal her true name until after the success of Jane Eyre).
Some of her other published novels include Shirley (1849), Villette (1853), The Professor (which was published posthumously in 1857) and Emma (which was unfinished at the time of Brontë's death and published posthumously in 1860). Brontë's poetry has also been published in Poems by Currer, Ellis and Action Bell (1846), Selection Poems of The Brontës (published posthumously in 1997) and Poetry past and present. A collection for every day reading and amusement (1849).
Types of Charlotte Bronte Rare Books And Memorabilia
Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold an original copy of Jane Eyre (1847) for $38,000 in May of 2009.
Sotheby's in London sold an original copy of Jane Eyre (1847) for £34,750 in December of 2000.
Christie's in New York sold:
- A copy of Brontë's Poetry Past and Present. A Collection for Every-Day reading and Amusement (1849) for $50,000 in December of 2009.
- An original copy of Jane Eyre (1847) for $40,000 in December of 2009.
- An original copy of Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell (1846) for $40,000 in December of 2009.
- Another original copy of Jane Eyre (1847) for $22,800 in December of 2006.
- Another original copy of Jane Eyre (1847) for $46,000 in December of 1993.
- Another original copy of Jane Eyre (1847) for $21,850 in October of 1995.
Sotheby's in London sold an autographed letter written by Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey for £30,150 in July of 2001, and another autographed letter written by Brontë to Lord Horatio Nelson and Emma Hamilton for £27,600 in October of 2005.
Christie's in London sold two autographed letters written by Brontë to Robert Southey (circa 1837) for £41,100 in June of 1995, and another autographed letter written by Brontë to William Smith Williams (circa 1849) for £21,600 in July of 2007.
Christie's in New York sold:
- An autographed letter written by Brontë to Henry Nussey (circa 1839) for $56,250 in December of 2009.
- An autographed manuscript of Brontë's poems including "Found in the Inn Belonging to You" and "Addressed to the Tower of all Nation" (circa 1829) for $62,500 in December of 2009.
- An autographed letter written by Brontë to Ellen Nussey (circa 1844) for $15,275 in May of 2000.
- Bloomsbury Auctions in London sold a portrait of Brontë by Alexander Soult (circa 1833) for £9,800 in October of 2008.
Guide for collectors
Original copies of Jane Eyre (1847) as well as personal autographed letters written by Brontë are considered to be the most valuable, but not necessarily the most rare.
Documents that were once signed by Brontë are considered valuable.
The English first edition of Jane Eyre (1847-Smith, Elder & Co) was released a year prior to the American first edition (1848-Harper & Brothers) and is therefore the true first edition.
Restoration of original copies of Brontë's books are not recommended.
For more information regarding where to find Brontë-related memorabilia, visit www.bronte.info.