CATHARINE

[ 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.

[Agnes Strickland, historical writer.] Autograph Letter Signed to 'dear kind Mrs. Fortescue' [Frances Anne Fortescue], regarding her book 'The Lives of the Seven Bishops' and 'occasional pleasant chats together in the lovely gardens at Fulham Palace'

Author: 
Agnes Strickland (1796-1874), English historical writer and poet [Frances Anne Fortescue (1818-1868), daughter of William Spooner, Archdeacon of Coventry, and sister of Catharine Tait]
Publication details: 
41 Manchester Street, Manchester Square [London]. 6 August 1866.
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged. She thanks her for the care she took of her pocket handkerchief, and for the 'truly friendly note which gave great pleasure'. She is glad she was pleased with her book 'The Lives of the Seven Bishops Committed to the Tower in 1688', and hope she will accept a copy, 'as a trifling remembrance of me and our occasional pleasant chats together, in the lovely gardens at Fulham Palace'. She offers her remembrances to 'the Bishop of London Mrs.

Autograph Signature of the Victorian philanthropist Catharine Tait, wife of Archibald Campbell Tait, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Author: 
Catharine Tait (1819–1878), philanthropist, daughter of William Spooner (c.1778-1857), Archdeacon of Coventry, and wife of Archibald Campbell Tait (1811-1882), Archbishop of Canterbury
Publication details: 
Without place or date.
£23.00

On slip of paper, 2 x 9 cm, cut from a letter for an autograph hunter. In good condition, on lightly-creased paper.

Autograph Letter Signed from Catharine Cecil, daughter of the evangelical clergyman Rev. Richard Cecil, offering the copyright of a book ['Memoirs of Mrs Hawkes, late of Islington' (1838)] to an American publisher [Joseph Whetham of Philadelphia?].

Author: 
Catharine Cecil, writer, daughter of Rev. Richard Cecil (1748-1810), member with William Wilberforce of the Clapham Sect and founding member of the Eclectic Society [Joseph Whetham of Philadelphia]
Publication details: 
5 Little James Street, Bedford Row, Holborn; March 1837.
£400.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with minor traces of previous mounting on reverse of second leaf. She writes 'as a stranger' to the recipient: 'the person who now addresses you is a Daughter of the late Revd. Richd. Cecil, whose works you are probably well acquainted with'. She is about to publish a book which she is 'induced to think would have a very good sale in America' and has been recommended to apply to the recipient 'as a Person likely to be willing to enter into negociation with me on the subject'.

Autograph Signature on fragment of letter

Author: 
Eleanor Catharine Price [E. C. Price]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£18.00

Paper dimensions roughly four and a half inches by two and a half inches. Very good. Folded once (not affecting signature). From an autograph album. Mounted on larger piece of blue paper. Reads '[...] | It was a real pleasure | to see you again the other | day. | Yours afftely | E C Price -'. Docketed in pencil at foot.

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