A e book written by Charlotte Bronte on the age of 14 will return “dwelling” after being purchased by the Bronte Society at public sale in Paris.
The miniature work, referred to as The Younger Males’s Journal, will go to the Parsonage Museum within the Brontes’ outdated dwelling in Haworth, West Yorkshire.
It was purchased for €780,000 (£666,000) after a fundraising marketing campaign by the Bronte Society, which runs the museum.
The museum misplaced out on the e book when it final went beneath the hammer in 2011.
The work is considered one of six “little books” written by Charlotte, the eldest of the three sisters, in 1830. 5 are recognized to outlive, and the Bronte Parsonage Museum already holds the opposite 4.
The works had been created for Charlotte’s toy troopers and doc an imaginary world created by the household referred to as Glass City.
Charlotte is greatest recognized for her 1847 traditional novel Jane Eyre.
The existence of the e book that went up on the market – measuring 35mm x 61mm and consisting of 20 pages – got here to gentle in 2011 when it was auctioned at Sotheby’s.
The Bronte society was outbid by a discredited funding scheme that’s now not operational.
Earlier than the public sale, Kitty Wright of the Bronte Society mentioned: “This extraordinary manuscript slipped via our fingers in 2011 so we’re particularly decided to take advantage of this second alternative to convey it dwelling to Haworth.”
Rebecca Yorke, additionally from the society, mentioned greater than 900 individuals had pledged cash to assist purchase the e book.
“They’ve additionally expressed how strongly they really feel that this stays in Haworth, the place it may be loved by guests and researched by students and lecturers,” she instructed BBC Radio four’s Right this moment programme.
A number of celebrities, together with Dame Judi Dench, Dame Jacqueline Wilson and Tracy Chevalier, backed the society’s efforts to lift cash.
‘A magical doorway’
York-born Dame Judi, who’s president of the Bronte Society, mentioned earlier this yr: “I’ve lengthy been fascinated by the little books created by the Brontes after they had been youngsters.
“These tiny manuscripts are like a magical doorway into the imaginary worlds they inhabited, and in addition trace at their ambition to turn into printed authors.”
The Paris public sale home catalogue mentioned: “This can be a distinctive alternative to accumulate such a treasured autograph piece of the origin of this genius novelist, in addition to a look on the youngsters’s video games and the imaginary world of the ‘Glass City’ of the Bronte youngsters.”
A part of the Younger Males’s Journal describes a assassin pushed to insanity after being haunted by his victims, and the way “an immense hearth” burning in his head causes his mattress curtains to set alight.
Consultants on the museum say this part of the story is “a transparent precursor” of a well-known scene between Bertha and Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre, which Charlotte would publish 17 years later.
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