Oxford: Newly Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press and Published by Basil Blackwell, 1931. Item #03199
The Shakespeare Head Brontë Novels
[SHAKESPEARE HEAD PRESS]. BRONTË, [Charlotte, Emily, and Anne]. The Shakespeare Head Brontë. Oxford: Newly Printed at the Shakespeare Head Press and Published for the Press by Basil Blackwell, 1931.
Limited to 1,000 copies, this being no. 47, a Large Paper Copy.
Eleven large octavo volumes (8 15/16 x 6 1/8 inches; 227 x 155 mm.). Frontispieces in two states, color (with tissue guards) and black and white.
In the publisher's deluxe binding, stamp signed Bound at the Riverside Press. Elegantly and uniformly bound at The Riverside Press in three-quarter forest green morocco. Gilt-ruled compartments with gilt decoration. Spines uniformly sunned to a lovely chocolate brown. A near fine set.
The Novels: Wuthering Heights; Agnes Grey; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Jane Eyre; Shirley; Villette; The Professor.
This is the finest edition of the novels of Emily, Anne and Charlotte Brontë.
Although all of the novels were published in the first eleven volumes - a further eight volumes were subsequently published between 1932 and 1938… these were: The Brontës: Their Lives, Friendships and Correspondence. In Four Volumes (1932); The Poems of Charlotte Brontë & Patrick Branwell Brontë (1934); The Poems of Emily Jane Brontë and Anne Brontë (1934); The Miscellaneous and Unpublished Writings of Charlotte and Patrick Branwell Brontë. In Two Volumes (1938).
Franklin, The Private Presses, p. 236. Ransom, Selective Check Lists, p. 18, no. 73.
The Brontës were a nineteenth-century literary family associated with the village of Haworth in the West Riding of Yorkshire, England. The sisters, Charlotte (born 21 April 1816), Emily (born 30 July 1818), and Anne (born 17 January 1820), are well known as poets and novelists. They originally published their poems and novels under the male pseudonyms Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, much like many contemporary female writers.
Their stories immediately attracted attention, although not always the best, for their passion and originality.
Charlotte's Jane Eyre was the first to know success, while Emily's Wuthering Heights, Anne's The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and other works were later to be accepted as masterpieces of literature.