Honresfield Library: Brontë Society calls to save rare manuscripts and artefacts from auction

https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2021/06/bronte-society-calls-to-save-rare-manuscripts-and-artefacts-from-auction/#

„News that the Honresfield Library will be sold at Sotheby’s across three auctions (see the introduction to the first part, scheduled to be sold in July) prompted much coverage: see Alison Flood’s piece in the Guardian and Jennifer Schuessler’s in the NYT. A followup piece by Alison Flood for the Guardian reports on the immediate calls from the Brontë Society and others for the collection to be kept intact and made publicly available for research. See also Francesca Collins‘ post for the Museums Association.“ (PhiloBiblos)

„The Honresfield library was assembled by William Law (1836-1901), augmented by his brother Alfred Law (1838-1913) and their nephew Sir Alfred Joseph Law (1860-1939). The library’s cornerstones are world-class holdings of the Brontës, Robert Burns, and Sir Walter Scott, on which is built a remarkable collection with precious highlights venturing well beyond the core of 18th-19th century British literature. It is a library of astonishing riches that has been treasured by generations of a private family for more than a century.“ (Sotheby’s)

„The Brontë Society, which was founded in 1893, is also calling for the government to establish minimum standards of conservation and curation for items of national literary heritage in private ownership.“ (Guardian)


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