Brontës in the Attic- I mean, Tower
A hoard of books are finally being taken down out of the library tower at Cambridge University. The books were put there in a belief that they were not of academic interest because they were ‘too populist’ or as this article puts it, ‘low brow.’ The rumor had been that it was a collection of pornography. Well, no. No, they’re just some first editions of the Bronte novels after all!
And a few other things besides: first editions by Sir Walter Scott, Dickens, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, “Cookery books including one called Cheap, Nice and Nourishing Cookery, which recommends boiling carrots for two hours, and a Handbook of Domestic Cookery, with a recipe for calf’s head and calf’s foot soup,” Home guides on health and beauty including Dr Foote’s Home Cyclopedia of Popular Medical, Social and Sexual Science which recommended married people should not sleep together as the practice led to “uncongeniality”, and a collection of penny dreadfuls!
Which works by the Brontes are included in the collection is not disclosed in this article but it implies that works by all three sisters are in the collection. Also, some of the works have not been read and are in pristine condition:
Professor Secord said: “The bulk of it still hasn’t been touched. The typical book in there that you order up hasn’t really been looked at before.When you go in to use the collection, you put in your slip and have the librarian bring up the paper knife so you can cut open the pages.”