The Spell (An Extravaganza)
Bronte, Charlotte (edited and introduced by George Edwin MacLean)

London: Oxford Univ. Press, 1931. First First edition of this previously unpublished novel by Charlotte Bronte, written when she was 18 years old. The manuscript was found by a Belgium academician in Brussels in 1892 and subsequently lay in full view in the British Museum for nearly 40 years. Written in Bronte's transition juvenilia period of 1831-35, these stories were set in an imagined African locale in the Nile valley. This edition was apparently issued in two binding variants; this copy, a slim octavo volume of 146 pages uncut, is in white japon vellum with gilt decorative edging and gilt spine lettering. It is a clean, tight copy with some modest darkening to the spine strip. Pencil gift inscription front fly to a member of the prominent Van Wyck family of Fishkill, New York in the Hudson Valley.A lovely copy indeed of a rather uncommon Bronte edition. Very Good Vellum (Item ID: A3253)


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