Villette.London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1853 Stock Code: 125261
First edition of Charlotte Brontë's third novel, the last to be published in her lifetime. Virginia Woolf praised this quasi-gothic romance as "her finest novel. All her force, and it is the more tremendous for being constricted, goes into the assertion, 'I love. I hate. I suffer.'"
3 volumes, octavo. Original brown cloth, spines lettered in gilt, sides panelled in blind, yellow endpapers.
12-page publisher's catalogue to rear of vol. 1, as issued. <br><br>
Small remains of stickers to front pastedowns vols. 1 and 2, original binder's ticket to rear pastedown of vol. 1, gift inscription to front free endpaper vol. 1, neat quotation from Mrs Gaskell's Life of Charlotte Bronte to verso front free endpaper. Spine ends somewhat nibbled and the tips just rubbed, but a near-fine copy in original cloth, sound and fresh.
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