A small ‘magazine’ produced by a 14 year-old Charlotte Bronte is to be sold at Sotheby’s next month, estimated to fetch $315,000 to $475,000. The magazine is tiny, only half the size of a credit card, and designed for the Bronte children’s toy soldiers. Its 19 pages contain more than 4,000 words: short stories, news, advertisements, all of which can be read only with a magnifying glass.
One of these stories, according to Gabriel Heaton, deputy director of books and manuscripts at Sotheby’s, is about a man who imprisons his enemy in the attic. He goes mad with guilt and imagines his enemies setting fire to his bed curtains.
And we know where that led.
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