It will be on display at the stand of James Cummins Bookseller of New York and is being offered in conjunction with London dealer Maggs Brothers on behalf of the owner, a private individual. It is understood to have a price in the region of $1.25m.
The miniature manuscript, titled A Book of Rhymes by Charlotte Bronte, Sold by Nobody, and Printed by Herself, is a collection of 10 poems written by her at the age of 13. The 15-page manuscript, smaller than a playing card, is dated December 1829, and is stitched in its original brown paper covers.
In 2019 The Brontë Parsonage Museum bought an 1830 autograph miniature manuscript by a 14-year-old Charlotte when it was auctioned at Aguttes in Paris. Written in minute characters in imitation of print, the tiny hand-sewn book is one of a series of ‘magazines’ created by siblings Charlotte and Branwell Brontë from January 1829 to August 1830.
The New York book fair runs from April 21-24 at Park Avenue Armory.