Monday, November 14, 2016

Monday, November 14, 2016 11:39 pm by M. in ,    No comments
Next November 19, a couple of Charlotte Brontë to Ellen Nussey envelopes will be put under the hammer:
Salename  MS191116
Lot Number  0214
Charlotte Brontë: A rare envelope addressed to her best friend and confident Ellen Nussey. Written in Miss Brontë's hand in brown ink with a Penny Red stamp and postmarked Leeds Jan 30 1849, Barnsley Keithly and Howarth with the remains of a black seal. The envelope bears a black morning band to the border. Ellen Nussey was a lifelong friend and major influence for Elizabeth Caswell's 1857 biography "The Life of Charlotte Brontë". 4ins. x 2½ins.

Salename  MS191116
Lot Number  0215
Charlotte Brontë: A rare envelope addressed to her best friend and confident Ellen Nussey. Written in Miss Brontë's hand in brown ink with a Penny Red stamp and postmarked Leeds MR 31 1846 on the front and Bradford and Haworth on the reverse, Miss Brontë has affixed a small printed scrap "Attend to Time" on the reverse. Ellen Nussey was a "The Life of Charlotte Brontë". 4½ins. x 2½ins.
lifelong friend and major influence for Elizabeth Caswell's 1857 biography
BBC News:
Two rare envelopes sent by author Charlotte Bronte to her life-long friend are expected to fetch up to £1,200 when they go under the hammer.
The handwritten envelopes were addressed to Ellen Nussey in Leeds and would have contained letters.
Brontë and Ms Nussey met at Roe Head School, near Mirfield, in 1831 aged 14 and 13 and they wrote to each other until the author's death in 1855.
Both envelopes are to be sold at an auction in Wiltshire on Saturday.
Written in brown ink, the first envelope has a Penny Red stamp and postmarked "Leeds Jan 30 1849" and "Barnsley Keighley and Haworth" with the remains of a black seal. Measuring 10cm by 6cm (4in by 2.4in) it bears a black mourning band to the border.
Similarly, the second 11cm by 6cm (4.3in by 2.4in) envelope is also written in brown ink with a Penny Red stamp. It is postmarked "Leeds MR 31 1846" on the front and "Bradford and Haworth" on the reverse. A small printed scrap "Attend to Time" on the reverse has been affixed by Brontë.
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge, of Henry Aldridge and Son, said: "These covers are written to her childhood friend and closest confidante Ellen Nussey, who first met Charlotte Bronte in 1831.
"Anything related to Charlotte is desirable but to have a pair of covers written by her to her closet friend offers an incredible opportunity to a collector or museum."
And the Yorkshire Post adds:
Auctioneer Andrew Aldridge said: “These covers represent a small part of English literary history. Charlotte Brontë is one of the giants of English literature. “These covers are written to her childhood friend and closest confidante Ellen Nussey, who first met Charlotte Brontë in 1831. “Anything related to Charlotte is desirable but to have a pair of covers written by her to her closet friend offers an incredible opportunity to a collector or museum.”

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