When novelist Charlotte Bronte was 13-years-old she made and wrote a mini manuscript, which will soon be returned to her home in Yorkshire after being bought for $1.25 million.
The 15-page manuscript, is smaller than a playing card and contains 10 poems and was bought by a British literary charity, Friends of the National Libraries (FNL), after surfacing for the first time in more than a century.
The titles of the 10 poems – including The Beauty of Nature and On Seeing the Ruins of the Tower of Babel – have long been known, but the poems themselves have never been published, photographed, transcribed or even summarised.
Its buyers have said the manuscript, dated December 1829 and measuring 3.8 x 2.5ins (9.6 x 6.3cm), is “inch for inch, possibly the most valuable literary manuscript ever to be sold.”
The manuscript is stitched in its original brown paper covers and is entitled A Book of Ryhmes (sic) by Charlotte Bronte, Sold by Nobody, and Printed by Herself.