Poems BELL, Currer & ELLIS & [=BRÖNTE], Charlotte, Emily & Anne by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell
8vo. Bound without errata but with 16pp. earliest state adverts (May 1848).
The second issue as described in Smith p. 6-14. This is a copy of the first edition published by Smith, Elder & Co., the advert. being still one leaf with the (cancel)title page. As soon as one realized the discrepancy between the advertisement and the date on the title page, the advertisement has been severed from the title page and pasted at the end (Smith p. 13). Containing the catalogue dated May 1848 (the earliest), but, as often, lacking the errata slip. This means that this copy is one of the 279 copies sold between 1848 and 1853. The fact that this is a very early copy is further enhanced by the lack of Westley?s binder?s ticket, which appeared from 1850 on.
This collection of verses contains 19 poems by Charlotte Brontë ("Currer Bell"), and 21 each by Emily ("Ellis") and Anne ("Acton"). First published by Aylott Jones in 1846 in an edition of 1000 copies, Only 39 copies were sold. The remaining 961 copies were placed in storage and were only reissued in October 1848 by Smith, Elder, and Co., following the success of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
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