Edinburgh: John Grant, 1905. Cloth. 12 volumes. 8vo (8.1 in, 20.6 cm). xiv, 405 ; [vi], 371 ; xviii, 499 ; [vi], 301 ; [iv], 354 ; [iv], 347 ; x, 458 ; [x], 471 ; xiv, 421 ; [viii], 406 ; xiv, 378 ; xviii, 326 ; frontis, illus. Shelf length of 20 in, 50.8 cm. Printers Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh. Edited by Temple Scott.
Thornton Edition: 1905 reissue of 1901 original. Charlotte Bronte's (1816-1855) The Professor examines sex roles and assumptions about women; the protagonist of Jane Eyre is a determined, strong, and intelligent woman; Shirley rallies against the oppression of workers and women; in Villette a woman fights social disadvantages to seek independence and fulfillment. Emily Bronte's (1818-1848) Wuthering Heights is an intense tour de force with a strong female protagonist. Anne Bronte's (1820-1849) Agnes Grey advocates women's independence and self-determination; The Tenant of Wildfell Hall assails double standards in marriage and education. The highly regarded Life of Charlotte Bronte is by Elizabeth Gaskell, Charlotte's close friend in her later years who was also a pioneering novelist focused on womanhood.
British Library 000485566. Feminist Companion 139-141. OCEL 158-160. Maroon cloth with gilt decorated and lettered spine. Top edge gilt; deckle fore-edge and tail-edge. 12 frontispieces plus 38 illustrations including photographs. Maroon coated endpapers. Calling card of Miss Elizabeth Anderson included. Spine heads worn with spine tails creased, covers lightly scuffed and soiled, pages clean to heavily foxed, illustration margins may be foxed, two page corners lacking plus one with acid stain with none affecting text, deckle edges age-toned with trace of foxing and trace of insect damage, endpapers show paste action. Appealing Bronte set. Very good. Item #1076