Tag: NY Antiquarian Book Fair

Old books, mysteries & ethical dilemmas

Tonight is the official opening of the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair. It’s also Charlotte Bronte’s birthday. So appropriate that one of the treasures that will be revealed at the fair is a tiny book Bronte wrote when she was only thirteen years old. No one (in the public) has seen this book since 1916. Now it will be for sale for $1.25 million. Or more.   The little book contains 10 poems by Charlotte Bronte. Scholars have long  known that these poems existed because an 1857 biography of Bronte mentioned them, but no one has been able to read them or analyze them or transcribe them. As Jennifer Schuessler explained in The New York Times, “The miniature microvolumes had remained in the Brontë family until the 1890s, when they were dispersed, along with many other manuscripts and artifacts, after the death of the second wife of Charlotte’s widower. Today, all the other tiny books made by Charlotte are in institutional collections, including the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.” The mystery of collecting What I find myself cogitating over is the potential buyer of this treasure. What is she going to do with this book? She could lay out […]

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