French indie targets UK with Jane Eyre manuscript facsimile

French indie targets UK with Jane Eyre manuscript facsimile

French publisher Éditions des Saints Pères is to target the UK with "luxury editions" of the final Jane Eyre manuscript later this year.

To commemorate the bicentenary of Charlotte Brontë's birth this year, the publisher will release 1,000 hand-numbered facsimiles of the novel's fair copy - the final handwritten manuscript which Brontë submitted to her publishers in 1847. Printed from the only fair copy in existence held in the British Library, the manuscript includes "important" final revisions, allowing readers to experience Brontë's creative process first-hand.

The manuscript is presented in a slipcase and illustrated with "beautiful etchings" and is available for a launch price of £229.

Éditions des Saints Pères is an independent publishing house based in France. It specialises in the publication of limited facsimile editions of literary manuscripts from "some of history’s most acclaimed authors" such as Jules Verne, Lewis Carroll, Jean Cocteau, and Charles Baudelaire.

Éditions des Saints Pères will publish Jane Eyre on 2nd December, and it will be available from Amazon.co.uk and the publisher's own website. Further English language titles will follow in 2017.