Miniature manuscript sold for millionaire figure

"The manuscript was last on public view in 1916, and we all love an unexpected survival story."
Por Mariana Barrera
Aug 2, 2022

The work, titled “A Book of Ryhmes by Charlotte Brontë, Sold by Nobody, and Printed by Herself,” is smaller than a playing card and yet contains a literary treasure trove of 10 poems by the author of “Jane Eyre.”

The manuscript, dated December 1829, has not been seen publicly since it was sold in New York in 1916. According to Henry Wessells, a partner in the James Cummins Bookstore, it was recently found in a private collection.

The 15 pages, sewn into their original brown paper sleeves, tell stories related to the “sophisticated imaginary world” of Brontë and her sisters, according to a press release from the dealers.

“They wrote adventure stories, dramas and verses in handmade books filled with minute writing intended to resemble print,”

The statement said.


“The manuscript was last on public view in 1916, and we all love an unexpected survival story,”

Wessells told CNN in an email. “Now the owner wants to make sure it is preserved for future generations and ultimately made available to researchers.”

“The following are attempts at rhyme of an inferior nature, admittedly, but they are nonetheless the best I have done,”

Brontë wrote on the title page of the manuscript.

And at the end of the book, she asserts creative control over the imaginary world created by her and her siblings. Brontë and her sisters Emily and Anne wrote some of the most beloved novels in the English language, including “Jane Eyre” (1847), “Wuthering Heights” (1847), and “The Lodger of Wildfell Hall” (1948).
In 2011, another of Brontë’s tiny manuscripts sold for $1.07 million. Rival museums began a bidding battle for the article written in 1830, when she was 14 years old.

Reference:

Elamroussi, A (2022). Un manuscrito en miniatura escrito por Charlotte Brontë saldrá a la venta por US$ 1,25 millones. CNN. https://cnnespanol.cnn.com/2022/04/01/manuscrito-charlotte-bronte-venta-trax/

Mariana Barrera

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