Charlotte Bronte's classic tale of the disadvantaged but intelligent child making her way successfully through the restricted life available to a woman of the mid-19th century remains a firm favourite with readers and fans of TV historical dramas.
Charlotte Brontë (1816–1855) was an English novelist and poet, the eldest of the three Brontë sisters who survived into adulthood and whose novels have become classics of English literature. She first published under the pen name Currer Bell.
Our book is unusual, in that the binding is dark maroon cloth with bevelled edges, title etc in gilt lettering and a simple line decoration on front and spine. The spine is somewhat faded, and there are general signs of wear consistent with its age, but no frank damage, apart from bumping of all corners and a little shelfwear to top & bottom of the spine. Inside, the endpapers and adjacent blank pages are badly foxed, and stuck together (? possibly refixed after detachment); the binding is generally firm, with no loose pages. All pages are browned, particularly round the edges, but they are clear, and there are only minimal blemishes. Pages 363 and 465 are slightly torn at the bottom.