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A tiny Charlotte Brontë book, long hidden from public view, is now for sale.

Corinne Segal

March 31, 2022, 10:33am

Putting all overachieving kids to shame forever, Charlotte Brontë and her siblings created a series of tiny books when they were children that have since become highly coveted—and very expensive—objects in the world of antiquarian book collection. Though many of them have landed in various high-profile libraries and museums, one disappeared from the public eye after its auction to a private collector in 1916; now, it will soon be up for sale and can be yours for a mere $1.25 million.

The book, titled “The Book of Rhymes,” contains 10 poems whose titles were transcribed by Elizabeth Gaskell and published in her 1857 biography, The Life of Charlotte Brontë. The full contents of the book have never been published.

Those in New York City will be able to see it in person on April 21, when it will be presented at the New York International Antiquarian Book Fair, or, for a quicker tiny-book fix, dive into what remains the greatest online literary subculture: the tiny book internet.

Happy tiny reading!

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