Sotheby’s is Selling Rare Brontë Manuscripts, Including Emily’s Poems

A rare handwritten copy of Emily Bronte’s poems, with corrections in pencil by her sister Charlotte Bronte, will soon be up for auction in July this year. The manuscript belonged to a library which was thought to be lost for roughly a century and it is a part of rare books which will be auctioned soon, Sotheby’s announced on May 25, 2021.

Emily Bronte’s poetry collection was put together by Charlotte’s widower Arthur Bell Nicholls, who later sold a majority of Bronte manuscripts to bibliophile and literary forger Thomas James Wise in 1895, reports The Guardian. The rare collection among other books were then acquired from Wise by collectors and brothers Alfred and William Law. The manuscripts were kept at Honresfield House, a library by the Law brothers. For roughly a century, the library was thought to be lost after the Law brothers’ heir and nephew Alfred Law passed away in 1939.

Other literary manuscripts which will be available at the auction include Robert Burns’ notes and ideas, Jane Austen first edition copies, among other valuables.

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