First American Edition

    [Emily Brontë]. Wuthering Heights. A Novel, by the Author of "Jane Eyre." New York: Harper & Brothers, 1848.

    First American edition. Twelvemo. 288 pages.

    Original dark green cloth over boards. Blind-embossed designs to boards. Gilt lettering and designs to spine. Binding slightly cocked. Evidence of a small adhesive label removed from spine, resulting in a dulling of the gilt. Bookplate of previous owner to front pastedown. Discoloration on rear pastedown probably from removed library plate. Very good.

    Harper & Brothers, acting on the assumption of Thomas Newby, the Brontë's British publisher, that the sisters (writing under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell) were, in fact, one person, saw nothing untoward in attributing Wuthering Heights to the "author of Jane Eyre." This ongoing confusion prompted Charlotte and Anne Brontë in July of 1848 to travel to the London offices of Newby and Co., and prove the separate identities of all three sisters.

    Smith, 74. Symington, 100.

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