Bronte first edition set could make $135,500

A complete first edition set of the Bronte sisters' novels are to auction with a £60,000-80,000 ($101,784-135,712) estimate at Dreweatts & Bloomsbury in London on May 19.

The three sisters are among the most famous voices in the English language and are credited with the development of the form of the novel.

Bronte sisters Dreweatts
The Bronte sisters revolutionised the novel as an art form

The collection was accumulated by Thomas Lincoln Chadbourne (1871-1938), a US lawyer, and is now being consigned by his family.

The collection is likely to sell very well at auction. In June last year a first edition copy of Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre made £39,650 ($61,949) at Bonhams London, while another example made £53,750 ($87,979) at Sotheby's in December.

We have this signed copy of Orlando: A Biography by Virginia Woolf - who wrote extensively on the Bronte sisters.

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