Posted on May 25, 2021 at 10:05 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A private collection of manuscripts, letters, rare first editions, and other literary artifacts is headed to auction — and has scholars salivating.

The New York Times reports that the Honresfield Library, hidden from public view since the 1930s, will go up for sale from June 5-9.

Its Brontë items have grabbed the most attention so far and are expected to sell accordingly (an estimated $1.3 million to $1.8 million).

Among those treasures: a handwritten manuscript of Emily Brontë’s poems, with pencil edits by Charlotte; the family’s annotated copy of History of British Birds; and “diary notes” Emily and Anne wrote for each other.

Learn more about the significance of the Brontë pieces, plus the origins and other contents of the Honresfield Library, in the New York Times.

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