Jane Eyre [1857]


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Fully titled Jayne Eyre: An Autobiography and credited to Charlotte Bronte’s pseudonymous author Currer Bell (Author Of “Shirley,” “Villette,” Etc), this is a “New Edition” from original publishers Smith, Elder, And Co. (London, 1857).

viii, 467pp + colophon + 4pp Uniform Edition advertisement + publishers ads on rear fep and pasted to board.

This is a very early reprint representing the first uniform single-volume edition (first edition printed in three volumes, 1847, also by Smith, Elder & Co).

Publisher’s original orange printed boards; front hinge split; missing ffep; rear hinge cracked but holding.

Bookseller’s embossed stamp to title page; name on title page; “Currer Bell” written on rear fep in Victorian hand (not author signature – Bronte died in 1855).

Notwithstanding the stated flaws and general wear from its 150 years, this is a very presentable copy of an early edition of one of Literature’s great classic works.

Being sold together with the illustrated Thornton Edition of Elizabeth Gaskell’s The Life Of Charlotte Bronte (Edinburgh, 1911) – a very good copy.