Helps to the building of Churches and Parsonages containing plans…

Helps to the building of Churches and Parsonages containing plans and elevations etc.... by  WILSON (Rev William Carus) [1791-1859].

Helps to the building of Churches and Parsonages containing plans and elevations etc....

Kirby Lonsdale 1835

First edition. 24pp Lithographed frontis, 9 plates, 2 woodcuts, 4to. 9 x11 inches Pencil markings and marginalia. Blue paper flimsy boards with paste down label, brown contrasting paper spine. Worn at corners, head and base of spine. Upper hinge split. Reverend William Carus-Wilson, Charlotte Bronte's real-life headmaster at the Clergy Daughter's School at Cowan Bridge, later at Casterton, in Cumbria. His school was reputedly also the inspiration behind Lowood School in Jane Eyre and Wilson himself the basis of the strict Mr Brocklehurst character, it's headmaster. Revered Wilson had allegedly threatened libel action against Charlotte Bronte at the time which apparently led her to tone down her descriptions of the school. When Elizabeth Gaskell wrote her biography of Charlotte Bronte she blamed the school's regime and inadequate food for the deaths of Maria and Elizabeth Bronte and for the poor state of Charlotte's own health. Letters by Edward Carus-Wilson (grandson of William Carus Wilson) which recount the tale of the intended libel action were sold in 2006 at a Shropshire Auction House. The book on offer here is a pattern book for the design of non conformist chapels and parsonages and school rooms; it is a fascinating design book but unfortunately does not throw light on the Charlotte Bronte controversy. Scarce.

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