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The sisters’ struggle to be printed

Leading a 75-lot Brontë collection sold by Forum Auctions (25/20/12% buyer’s premium) on July 10* was a set of two of the novels written by the sisters in the hugely productive years of 1846-47.

The sisters had struggled to find a publisher. Emily’s Wuthering Heights and Anne’s Agnes Grey, together with Charlotte’s The Professor, had all been declined by publishers in 1846, but then an opportunity arose, at least for Emily and Anne.

Thomas Cautley Newby offered to publish their novels if they could raise £50 to cover his expenses – a sum that would be repaid if and when sufficient copies were sold. Wuthering Heights filled two volumes of a familiar three-decker, and Agnes Grey the other volume.

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Antiques Trade Gazette is the essential publication for everyone with a serious interest in art, antiques and collectables. Every week it is packed with up-to-the-minute news on the market, with individual items beautifully illustrated throughout. Since 1971 it has been the most reliable source of information on what is really happening at auctions in the UK and around the world. Each issue is filled with auction advertisements and detailed auction reports written by expert journalists. The Dealer’s Diary section keeps readers constantly updated on what is happening at the fairs and markets and in the galleries and shops. Market professionals and serious collectors throughout the world rely on ATG to keep them informed on developments and issues which shape the art market. It is here that they learn about the prices achieved at auction in every area - from antiquities to pop memorabilia, from impressionist paintings to Chinese art. With 500 or more art objects pictured, every issue is a treat to the eye and a visual education. Whatever the topic Antiques Trade Gazette is well-informed, up-to-date and entertaining.

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