New York: Harper & Brothers, 1853. First American edition. Retaining original front wrapper with rear wrapper in facsimile. Front wrapper with a few short tears. Spine worn. Octavo (226 x 142 mm.). A complete copy, including 4 pages of advertisements. Text in double columns. A bit of foxing, otherwise an excellent copy. Although published simultaneously with the first American edition in cloth (with no priority according to Smith) the delicate edition in wrappers is much rarer.
"Charlotte Bronte's final masterpiece powerfully portrays a woman struggling to reconcile love, jealousy, and a fierce desire for independence. Having fled a harrowing past in England, Lucy Snowe begins a new life teaching at a boarding school in the great capital of a foreign country. There, as she tries to achieve independence from both outer necessity and inward grief, she finds that her feelings for a worldly doctor and a dictatorial professor threaten her hard-won self possession. Published initially in 1853, Charlotte Bronte's last novel was written in the wake of her grief at the death of her siblings. It has a dramatic force comparable to that of her other masterpiece, Jane Eyre, as well as a striking modernity of psychological insight and a revolutionary understanding of human loneliness" (Vintage).
Harper’s Library of Select Novels, No. 182. Smith 146-152. (Item #3575)