An attractive set, bound (and stamped) by Brentano's; the complete seven-volume Thornfield Edition, with prefaces by Mrs. Humphry Ward, an Introduction and Notes to the Life by Clement K. Shorter, and illustrated with "portraits and views".
Volume one: Jane Eyre
Volume two: Shirley
Volume three: Villette
Volume four: The Professor, Emma, Poems
Volume five: Wuthering Heights, Agnes Grey
Volume six: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
Volume seven: The Life of Charlotte Bronte
A treat are the Brentano's ticket stubs, for the binding, still tucked within (also indicating they were not opened much).
Physical Attributes -
Each measures approx. 20.5 x 13.5 x 4 cm.. Red leather spine and corners, with gilt fillet along edges. Red cloth covering hardcovers. Spine with five raised bands; two compartments with "Bronte", "Vol" and "Title" in gilt on black leather, and four compartments with gilt central motif and gilt fillet against bands. Illustrated. Complete in 7 volumes. Top edge gilt (TEG).
See pictures. Vintage patina, but still attractive in red Brentano's bindings. Edge wear, including joints, and corner wear (some pasteboards peaking through). Rear joint and hinge of Volume 1 mostly cracked, nearing "loose" if care isn't given. Some of the other joints starting at top. On spine, some chipping to labels, Vol. VII upper label missing. Some dust along top edge, silk ribbons expired at connections.
Clean inside. Volume 1 has a price under the Brentanos stamp at verso of flyleaf. "439" in red pencil at top margin of title page, v1. Perhaps a little toning to some pages, near edges. Occasional fox spot (singular). Vol. 1 & 2 have a moisture mark at bottom gutter, no text affected; investigating the bottom edge it appears they had moisture wicked from bottom near spine. Tissue left mark at top edge margin (no text) of The Professor. Chip, fore-edge page xxxii Wuthering Heights Tissue mark again to Anne Bronte frontis v6, tissue torn.Page 85-94 dog eared v.7.
An attractive set! With their binding a little fragile, best read in a cradle (I use rolled kitchen towels). Inside they are quite clean.
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