BACONIAN

[ Catharine Victoria Thompson, astrologer and Baconian. ] Small collection of papers, including typescripts titled 'A Boston Woman Who Has Made Good' (autobiographical), 'Twelve Great Character Groups' and 'Horoscope of Calvin Coolidge'.

Author: 
Catharine Victoria Thompson [ Catharine Howard Thompson ], Boston Baconian, editor of 'The Sphinx Magazine' and astrologer [ Sir Francis Bacon and the authorship of the plays of William Shakespeare ]
Publication details: 
Items dated 1898, 1916, 1925 and 1931, the last two from Boston, Massachusetts.
£650.00

Thompson was a well-known Boston astrologer in the early decades of the twentieth century, with a lucrative private practice and columns in the 'Ladies Home Journal' and the 'Boston Globe', the latter syndicated to nearly a hundred other American newspapers. In August 1933 she was unmasked as a fraud by a disgruntled secretary in an article in the 'Ladies Home Journal'. Seven items, in good condition, on paper with light signs of age. ONE: Typescript titled 'A Boston Woman Who Has Made Good | Catherine Howard Thompson'. Dated internally to 1916.

[ Frederic George Kitton, critic and artist. ] Autograph Card Signed ('F. G. Kitton') to editor of New York 'Book Buyer', giving details of article 'satirising the Bacon-Shakespeare theory', 'proving' that Gladstone wrote the novels of Dickens.

Author: 
F. G. Kitton [Frederic George Kitton] (1856-1904), English artist and writer, an authority on Charles Dickens, Shakespeare and Francis Bacon
Publication details: 
St Albans, England. 20 March 1899.
£65.00

1p., on 11 x 9 cm card. Addressed on reverse 'To the Editor of The Book Buyer | c/o Messrs. C. Scribner's Sons | New York City | U.S.A.' With two postmarks. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, and postage stamp removed. Since posting a letter on the previous day, he has 'discovered another article satirising the Bacon-Shakespeare theory', as with the one 'in Macmillan', anonymous. It is titled 'Who wrote Dickens's Novels?', and appeared in the Cornhill Magazine, August 1888. 'The author humorously endeavours to prove that Gladstone wrote them!!'

Prospectus and list of subscribers to ''The National Shakespeare. A Fac-simile of the Text of the First Folio of 1623. Illustrated by Sir J. Noel Paton, R.S.A.' [With Autograph Note by the editor Clarke.]

Author: 
A. Clarke [Anthony Clarke, ne Anthony Jacques Cheeper (1837-1918); Sir J. Noel Paton; the National Shakespeare; Bacon Controversy]
Publication details: 
August 1894. William Mackenzie, 69 Ludgate Hill, Edinburgh and Dublin.
£200.00

Clarke is a forgotten Shakespeare editor, there being no reference to him (nor any copy of this item) on the COPAC or the Folger online catalogue. A bankrupt and bigamist (he was 'married' five times), he fathered 33 or 34 children, and worked in the booktrade as a commerical traveller and entrepreneur. 4to, 10 pp. One central horizontal fold. Fair, on lightly-aged paper with a little marking to the outer pages. Date in type at end of list of subscribers, 'AUGUST, 1894.', followed by a short note by 'A.

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