BESSIE

[ Bessie MacArthur, Scottish poet. ] Fourteen letters and three cards, all in autograph, to Brian Lambie of the Biggar Museum, with one typed poem in Scots ('Folk'), one holograph poem ('"Bits and Pieces"'), and three other autograph items.

Author: 
Bessie J. B. MacArthur [ Bessie Jane Bird MacArthur, née Bisset ] (1889-1983), poet and dramatist of the Scottish Renaissance [ Brian Lambie (1930-2014) of the Biggar Museum, Lanark ]
Publication details: 
Thirteen letters and one card from 4 Glencairn Crescent, Edinburgh 12 (the first with the address on a letterhead); the other letter without place. Thirteen of the letters written between 13 July 1975 and 6 January 1978. The other items undated.
£680.00

MacArthur's work features and is discussed by Byrne and McMillan in 'Modern Scottish Women Poets' (2003). Lambie is the subject of a long obituary in The Scotsman, 21 January 2015. Twenty-two items. The collection is in good condition, with light signs of age and wear. The following description is divided into six parts. ONE: 14 Autograph Letters Signed and 3 Autograph Cards Signed to Lambie. The 17 items of correspondence are variously signed 'Bessie MacArthur' (7), 'Bessie J. B. MacArthur' (6), 'B. J. N. McA.' (4). The letters total 32pp., in various formats.

[Elizabeth Rundle Charles, Victorian author and hymn-writer.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bessie Charles') to 'Mrs Leader'

Author: 
Bessie Charles [ Elizabeth Rundle Charles ] (1828-1896), author of 'The Chronicles of the Schönberg-Cotta Family' (1862)
Publication details: 
7 Victoria Street, Westminster. 'Sunday' [no date].
£45.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. With mourning border. In fair condition, on lightly aged and ruckled paper. Declining a dinner invitation and expressing regret at not being able to call, being 'very much occupied'.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Ladies' Sanitary Association. From the "English Woman's Journal."

Author: 
'B. R. P.' [Bessie Rayner Parkes] [The Ladies' Sanitary Association; The English Woman's Journal, London] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[The Ladies' Sanitary Association.] London: Published at the Office, 14a Princes Street, Cavendish Square. [Printed by Odell & Ives, 18, Princes Street, Cavendish Square.] Undated [1859].
£90.00

15pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. No copy on COPAC or on OCLC WorldCat.

[Elizabeth Rayner Parkes, campaigner for women's rights.] Autograph Letter Signed ('Bessie R Belloc') to an unnamed male recipient, regarding the sending of 'the particulars of my Life', in response to a circular.

Author: 
Elizabeth Rayner Parkes [ Bessie Belloc ] (1929-1925), journalst and campaigner for women's rights
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 11 Great College Street, Westminster. 20 April 1898.
£45.00

1p., 12mo. In very good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with small pin holes at head. The letter reads: 'I enclose the particulars of my Life for which you have asked me [not present] | I only received your communication on the 7th of April, tho' I see your circular is dated in March; or I would have written earlier -'. In a contemporary hand on the reverse: 'Madame Belloc, authoress, has written interesting memoirs. A prominent lady of the older literary generation.'

[Pamphlet.] Education in the Melting Pot | Education and Politics | The Idealism of 1918 | Disillusionment | Forces behind the "Cuts." | The forthcoming Budget | What of the Future?

Author: 
[Bessie Callender] [Scottish Socialist Teachers' Society]
Publication details: 
Published by the Scottish Socialist Teachers' Society. February 1923. [Pilot Press, printers, Glasgow, 'The only I.L.P. Printing Establishment in Scotland'.]
£60.00

15 + [1]pp., 8vo. Stapled. With stamp, shelfmarks and label of the Board of Education Reference Library, otherwise in fair condition, on aged and worn paper.

Autograph Letter Signed ('Bessie R Parkes') to Lady Kay-Shuttleworth.

Author: 
Bessie Parkes (1829-1925) [Mrs Bessie Rayner Belloc, née Elizabeth Rayner Parkes], English feminist, and founder in 1866 of the first-ever women's suffrage committee; mother of Hilaire Belloc
Publication details: 
28 December 1861; 17 Wimpole Street, London, W.
£56.00

12mo, 1 p. Ten lines of text. Fair, on aged and lightly-creased paper. She received the cheque the previous night, and is sending 'a prospectus [not present] of the Home to which the Patient was removed'. She thanks her for her 'prompt kindness'. At the time of writing (six years before her marriage to the French lawyer Louis Belloc) Bessie Parkes was co-editor of the 'English Woman's Journal'. Lady Janet Kay-Shuttleworth (née Janet Shuttleworth) was the wife of Dr James Kay-Shuttleworth (1804-1877), one of the leaders of the Liberal Party in Lancashire.

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