- Jane Eyre. An Autobiography. Edited by Currer Bell. Smith, Elder and Co., 1847
- ink on paper
"M.E. Hindhaugh" and "P.S. Macling", ownership signatures on endpapers; Hugh Walpole, with his "Brackenburn" book-label, sale of his library, Part I, Christie, Manson & Woods Ltd., 28 May 1945, lot 23
There is an eleven-line note in blue ink by Walpole on the verso of the front free endpaper of volume 1 ("When at last, after | waiting so long, I | possessed you as | you first appeared | to the world I felt | as though Rochester | had given me a nod | of recognition. | Hugh Walpole | Brackenburn | Nov: 16 1938")
Smith 2; Sadleir 346; Ashley I, p.72; Wolff 826; Tinker 379; Grolier English 83; Parrish pp.87-8
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A rare copy in the original cloth binding of the first edition of the author's finest novel, one of the most ground-breaking and enduring works of English Literature. Charlotte Brontë's heroine was something completely new in Victorian fiction: a woman confronting men on equal terms, telling her story with passion and honest feeling. The novel has been the inspiration for countless further literary works and stage and screen adaptations.