The First Edition, In Three VolumesCharlotte Brontë (writing as Currer Bell). Villette. London: Smith, Elder, and Co., 1853.
First edition. Three octavo volumes. [i-iv], 2-324; [i-iv], 2-319; [i-iv], 2-350[-352] pages (no half-titles called for). Half brown calf over marbled boards, gilt-lettered morocco labels. Spines lightly faded, bound without the terminal ads in Volume I. Some surface abrasions to one of the spine labels on Volume I. Some foxing and staining, and a few occasional insignificant short tears to leaves. Faint name of a previous owner to top of title page of volume III. A very good copy.
"The novel combines a masterly portrayal of Belgian daily life with a highly personal use of the elements of Gothic fiction" (Oxford Companion to English Literature).
Smith 6, pp. 138-139.
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