• The William E. Self Library, I auction at Christies

    Sale 2153

    The William E. Self Library, Important English and American Literature

    4 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 12

    [BRONTË, Anne]. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. By Acton Bell. London: Thomas Cautley Newby, 1848.

    Price Realised  

    [BRONTË, Anne]. The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. By Acton Bell. London: Thomas Cautley Newby, 1848.

    3 volumes, 12o (188 x 114 mm). Half-title in vol. I (all issued). (Lacks 2pp. ads in vol. I, half-title reinforced along gutter, repaired tear on final leaf of vol. I crossing text.) Modern half green morocco, gilt-lettered on spines, by Bayntun-Riviere for Henry Sotheran.

    FIRST EDITION of Anne Bronte's only separate publication. Considered one of the first feminist novels, particularly for the scene in which Helen slams the door in the face of her husband after continued abuse, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall overturned the sexual politics of its time. Parrish 91; Wise, p. 106; Smith 4. (3)


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