What was once mysteriously lost, has now been found. A 15-page mini-book, A book of rhymes written by Charlotte Brontë has resurfaced and will go on sale.
The little books created by Charlotte Brontë and her siblings as children have long been coveted by Brontë aficionados. Originally created to entertain their little soldiers, the little books – only a few inches tall and made from wallpaper and old sugar sacks – contain all the hallmarks of creativity found in later classics like Jane Eyre.
This tiny edition will appear in ABAA Old Book Fair in New York later this month. Its sale price: an incredible 1.25 million US dollars.
Charlotte Brontë was only ten years old when she created the small work, A book of rhymeswhich contains 10 poems.
Titles include Nature’s beauty and Seeing the ruins of the Tower of Babel were previously transcribed by Elizabeth Gaskell in her 1857 biography of Charlotte Brontë. Other than the biography titles, the poems themselves have never been published before, and it looks like they could stay that way for at least a little longer – depending on what the new owner decides after the auction of the delivered.
I’ve been waiting for a long timeA book of rhymes was the last sseen at auction in 1916 in New York, where it sold for $520 before disappearing for almost a decade.
Charlotte Brontes The book of rhymes will be sold by James Cummins Bookseller of New York in partnership with Maggs Bros of London.