Richard Coeur de Lion and Blondel. A poem.

  • Bronte, Charlotte
  • London: Printed for Private Circulation Only 1912

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Description

FIRST EDITION, ONE OF 30 COPIES, INSCRIBED BY CLEMENT SHORTER, 8vo, pp. 19, [1]. Original pink wrappers printed in black, housed in a later green cloth folding case. Slightly spotted. Inscribed on the title-page ‘WRK from CKS July 19.13’, and with two corrections to the text in the same hand.

Notes

One of numerous pamphlets printed in small quantities for the bookman and notorious forger Thomas J. Wise in the 1910s, many (including this one) based on manuscripts borrowed from Clement K. Shorter. Shorter had managed to acquire a collection of Bronte manuscripts from Charlotte's husband Arthur Bell Nicholls towards the end of his life, and Wise snaffled up the juvenilia to print and sell.
Wise's habitual disregard for scruples meant that the attributions in these editions can be doubtful - poems attributed to Emily or Charlotte are known to be the work of Bramwell, for example - but this poem is certainly Charlotte's, written when she was just 17, and we have not seen any evidence that the limitation of 30 copies is suspect. This copy has been inscribed by Shorter, who also contributes an introduction.

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