Emily Bronte Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Emily Bronte Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the British 18th century novelist Emily Bronte.

 

Brief history/biography

Emily Jane Brontë was born on July 30th, 1818 and died on December 19th, 1848. Brontë is best known for being an English novelist and the sister of Charlotte Brontë (author of Jane Eyre) and only penned one novel during her lifetime, the Victorian favourite Wuthering Heights (1847). She also published a collection of poetry with her two sisters under masculine pseudonyms, Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell (1846).

Brontë published under the pen name Ellis Bell.

Wuthering Heights was originally two volumes of a three-volume set, and the last volume (titled Agnes Grey) was penned by her sister Anne.

Types of Emily Bronte Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

Christie's in New York sold:

  • The original First American edition of Brontë's Wuthering Heights (1848) for $5,019 in December of 2004.
  • A first edition copy of Wuthering Heights (1847) for $216,000 in December of 2006.
  • Another first American edition copy of Wuthering Heights (1848) for $11,250 in December of 2010.

Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold:

  • The first American Issue copy of The Shakespeare Head Brontë written by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë for $5,500 in November of 2007.
  • A first edition copy of The Novels of the Brontë Sisters (1857-1860) written by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë for $5,000 in November of 2007.
  • Another series of The Novels of the Sisters Brontë by Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë for $2,500 in November of 2007.
  • An original copy of Emily, Charlotte and Anne's Poems (1846-1848) for $2,400 in December of 2007.
  • Another copy of Poems for $2,400 in May of 2009.

Documents

  • Christie's in New York sold draft copies of Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey featuring Emily Brontë's handwritten notes for $86,500 in December of 2009.

Artwork

  • Leslie Hindman Auctioneers in Chicago, Illinois sold a portrait of Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë which was drawn by Doris Emrick Lee for $7,500 in September of 2006.

  • Christie's in Paris sold original lithographs which were drawn and signed by Balthus for Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights (circa 1989) for €3,760 in November of 2004.

  • Christie's in New York sold lithographs drawn by Balthus for Wuthering Heights (circa 1993) for $2,160 in December of 2006.

  • Sotheby's in London sold a lithograph which was drawn by Balthus for Wuthering Heights (circa 1993) for £3,360 in December of 2003, and another lithograph by Balthus which was drawn for Wuthering Heights (circa 1993) for £1,410 in July of 2001.

  • PBA Galleries in San Francisco, California sold a set of 12 wood engravings by Clare Leighton for Wuthering Heights (1931) for $2,750 in July of 2007.

Personal belongings

  • Sotheby's in London sold a workbox which once belonged to Emily Brontë for £13,200 in December of 2004.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of Wuthering Heights are considered to be the most valuable than first edition copies of Agnes Grey. Books that were not only written by Emily, but Charlotte and Anne as well are considered to be more valuable than books that were written by Emily Brontë alone.

There are only 300 known copies of Balthus' signed lithographs for Wuthering Heights which exist.

Restoration of a first edition copy of an Emily Brontë novel is not recommended.

For more information on where to find Emily Brontë memorabilia, visit www.bronte.info.

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