Book Condition: Very Good+
Edition: Second Edition
Publisher: London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1857.
A rather charming second edition, published in two volumes only two months after the first and identical edition except the added "Tabby" foot note. Stamped original cloth, Very Good+ condition, minor rubbing to edges, limited traces of foxing. Vol I: viii+352; Vol II: viii+327, , 16 pp of ads. Smith 7.
Fellow novelist and close friend Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell's posthumous biography of Charlotte Brontë, primarily based on letters exchanged with her lifelong friend Ellen Nussey. Still covered in the first two editions are numerous details of Brontë's life Gaskell was forced to remove in the third edition on the grounds that they cause harm to Brontë's family and friends.