Bronte Poems “Currer, Ellis, & Acton Bell”


First edition, second issue

Smith, Elder and Co, London 1846 (1848)

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Bronte Poems “Currer, Ellis, & Acton Bell”

A well preserved copy of these Bronte poems in very good condition. Lacking errata slip but with advertisement leaf bound at end and final blank without the publisher’s catalogue at the end. Embossed booksellers stamp of Bragg & Son of Taunton to front endpaper. Original ribbed olive green cloth board with bind stamped border and central harp design to covers. Westleys & Co binders ticket at the rear. Pale yellow end papers. A little rubbed covers. The spine is faded. Slight spotting and staining to the rear cover. The contents are clean.

“The rarity of the first issue of Poems is attributed to the obscure imprint of Aylott and Jones, who were primarily booksellers and stationers rather than the publishers, lacking distribution outlets. Poetry was not generally popular in the 1840’s, and the Bronte sisters were unknown authors who sponsored the publication and advertising of the volume. About fourteen copies were distributed to reviewers; only two were sold; and an unknown number of courtesy copies were sent by Charlotte Bronte to other authors whom the sisters revered. In 1848, George Smith bought the remaining stock, including sheets, cases, and bound copies; and he published under the Smith, Elder imprint a second issue” – Smith The Bronte Sisters, Smith 1