FEMINIST

[ Nancy Astor, Viscountess Astor, first female Member of Parliament to take her seat. ] Typed Circular, signed in autograph 'Nancy Astor' and addressed by her to 'Mr. Le Gras', expressing thanks for assistance in her election campaign.

Author: 
Nancy Astor [ Nancy Witcher Langhorne Astor, Viscountess Astor ] (1879-1964), first female Member of Parliament to take her seat
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 4 St. James's Square, S.W.1 [ London ]. [ 24 ] November 1919.
£50.00

1p., 4to. With mourning border. In good condition, on lightly aged and creased paper. A duplicated typed circular, thanking the recipient for 'great and unselfish service during the last fortnight [...] I know you have been fighting for principle and for country [...] Without the personal effort of so many, our campaign could not have been carried out so successfully'. Le Cras's wife was one of Astor's agents in the campaign, and a collection of her papers relating to it are offered separately.

[ Dame Adelaide Anderson, civil servant and campaigner against child labour. ] Typed Letter in the third person, with addition in autograph, to the Secretary, Royal Society of Arts, regarding a lecture by Laurence Binyon.

Author: 
Dame Adelaide Anderson [ Dame Adelaide Mary Anderson ] (1863-1936), Australian-born Briitish campaigner against child labour, Principal Lady Inspector of Factories, 1897-1921
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 36 Gloucester Court, Kew Road, Kew, Surrey. 8 November 1930.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Docketed in manuscript above text of letter. The typed portion reads: 'Dame Adelaide Anderson presents her compliments and is very glad to receive the card of invitation to the Lecture by Laurence Binyon LL.D. on Persian Painting, to which she looks forward to [sic] on Wednesday, 19th November, at 8.30 p.m.' Autograph addition: 'Her address is now as above (not as hitherton, 21 Allen House, Allen Street, Kensington)'.

[ Maya Deren; avant garde film-making ] An Anagram of Ideas on Art, Form and Film.

Author: 
Maya Deren, film-maker.
Publication details: 
1946. Yonkers, New York: The Alicat Book Shop Press.
£150.00

8vo, 52 pp. In original black and white printed wraps, with solarized face on cover. On aged paper, with rusted staples and wear to wraps, which have minor damp staining at head causing sligh bloom to first three leaves. One of 750 copies: 'Number 9 of the "OUTCAST" Series of Chapbooks issued by Oscar Bardinsky at the Alicat Book Shop'. A scarce item by influential American avant-garde filmmaker and theorist.

[ Travel book ] A student in Sicily

Author: 
Mrs Nevill Jackson [Emily Nevill Jackson]
Publication details: 
London: John Lane The Bodley Head Ltd., 1926
£28.00

Small octavo. Pages: xx + 257. Original black cloth decorated in orange. Orange dustwrapper. Eight illustrations in colour, sixty-five in half-tone, and map. Good copy, though foxed throughout, in good binding lightly worn at head and tale of spine and with a little spotting. Dustwrapper discoloured and with wear and loss at corners and head and tail of spine.

[Masefield; Autograph Signature of Stopes in copy of ] The Collected Poems of John Masefield (London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1935).

Author: 
John Masefield [ Marie Stopes ]
Publication details: 
1935; Norbury Park.
£85.00

Marie Carmichael Stopes (1880-1958), British paleobotanist and eugenicist, influential advocate of birth control. Clean neat inscription on recto of front free endpaper reads 'Marie C. Stopes | Norbury Park | 1935'. The volume is in good condition, in a grubby dustwrapper worn at the head and tail of the spine. Pages 324-5 and 339 have been marked up in soft pencil.

[ Jane Ellen Harrison, classical scholar and suffragist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Jane. E. Harrison') to 'Mr. Barwell'

Author: 
Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928) of Newnham College, Cambridge, suffragist and classical scholar
Publication details: 
45 Colville Gardens W. [ London ]. 8 August 1888.
£80.00

Harrison has been described by Mary Beard as 'in a way [Britain's] first female professional "career academic"', and has also received the attention of American feminist writer Camille Paglia. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium on grey paper. In fair condition, with light signs of age and wear. Light ink tick on first page (denoting that the letter has been replied to), over first five lines of letter. She will be 'pleased to come & give a lecture any Saturday in October or November with the single exception of Saturday Oct. 20th on which I am angaged'.

[ Anna Swanwick, feminist ] Autograph Card Signed "Anna Swanwick" to an unnamed correspondent.

Author: 
Anna Swanwick, author and feminist
Publication details: 
[Printed address] 23 Cumberland Terrace, Regents Park, NW [London], 14 Dec. [no year].
£28.00

Card, c.11 x 9cms, rounded corners, both sides used, creased through being bent, good condition, "I beg to say, in reply to your missive, that I shall have great pleasure in complying with your request; Thursday is my only disengaged day this week; I shall be at liberty in the morning from 12 till 1.30 o'ck, & in the afternoon from 2.30 till 4.30, & if you can favour me with a visit, eitther in trhe morning or the afternoon, you will receive a most cordial welcome. For a proivate colloquy the earlier hour may be the safer from interruption; either time will be equally agreeable to me.

[Sheena Tennant, niece of Margot Asquith.] Large collection of original autograph sheet music by 'one of the first women composers' (she studied under Nadia Boulanger), together with eight printed piano pieces by her.

Author: 
Sheena Lilian Grant Tennant (1883-1974, later Kendall), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist and cousin of Margot Asquith
Publication details: 
Manuscript material, dating from between 1902 and 1933, mainly from Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Argyllshire, Scotland. Seven of the printed scores published by The Frederick Harris Company, London, 1912 to 1929. The other by Augener Ltd, London, 1908.
£850.00

The collection comprises a large collection of autograph sheet music, together with copies of nine published piano pieces. Accompanying the collection is an autograph note by Sheena Tennant's son Hugh Kendall: 'These books, with accompanying score sheets, represent something rather unusual - the compositional examples of my mother, aspiring as she did to be what she saw herself as - one of the first women composers.

[British House of Commons private members bill.] Women's Disabilities. A Bill To remove certain legal disabilities of women. Presented by Dr. Summerskill, supported by Mr. Janner and Dr. King.

Author: 
[Women's Disabilities Bill (British House of Commons private members bill, 1952); Parliamentary paper; Edith Summerskill, Labour politician and feminist; Greville Janner; Horace Maybray King]
Publication details: 
Ordered, by The House of Commons, to be Printed, 19 November 1952. London: Printed and published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office.
£80.00

5 + [1]pp., 8vo. In fair condition, aged and lightly-worn, with slightly rusted staples and rust stain from paperclip. Scarce: the only actual copy on COPAC or OCLC WorldCat at the LSE in London.

[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.'

[Margaret, Lady Rhondda.] Autograph Card Signed ('M. R.') to 'Dear John', apologising for 'having been so rude to my fellow guest' at a lunch, and admitting that she is 'ridiculously [...] touchy' about her magazine 'Time and Tide'.

Author: 
Margaret, Lady Rhondda [Margaret Haig Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda] (1857-1958)], suffragette and nfounder of the magazine Time and Tide
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 'Time and Tide', 32 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1. 10 December 1952.
£80.00

Written over 13 lines on both sides of the 9 x 11 cm card. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. 'Dear John, | I do feel ashamed of having been so rude to my fellow guest yesterday - It was a dreadful thing to do! The fact is I am, I suppose, very touchy about Time & Tide - ridiculously so really - I don't think he had read it - but after all why should he, poor man - I really wasn't very fair - | Please forgive me - except for feeling that I had behaved abominab[ly], just at the end, I thoroughly enjoyed my most excellent luncheon'.

[Mary Cholmondeley.] Autograph Letter Signed to fellow-novelist Frances Mary Peard

Author: 
Mary Cholmondeley (1859-1925), English novelist [Frances Mary Peard (1835-1923), English novelist, author of more than forty books]
Publication details: 
Hendon. 29 January [no year].
£56.00

3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with short closed tear at head of second leaf. She begins: 'I was so disturbed and disappointed when I came in on Tuesday to find I had missed you. And I believe you had been kind enough to call when we ought to be, and almost invariably are in - after 4.

Typed Poem Signed ('Theodosia Garrison') from the American poet Theodosia Pickering Garrison (Mrs. Frederick J. Faulks), titled 'Pessimism'.

Author: 
Theodosia Pickering Garrison [Mrs. Frederick J. Faulks] (1874-1944)
Publication details: 
'Theodosia Pickering Garrison, | 32 Nassau Street, New York City.' Undated [1909 or before].
£125.00

1p., landscape 12mo. Good, on aged paper. Garrison's name and address are typed in the top left-hand corner. Her signature is written boldly beneath the poem, which is eight lines long, in two stanzas. It reads 'Because I snatched a pebble from the way, | And thought it priceless till that day my eyes | Filled with a clearer light, and knew my prize | Was worthless, poorer than the common clay; | Because of this shall I go clamouring, | "Behold, there are no diamonds!" and say, | "Look as ye will, ye find but pebbles"? Nay!

Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Lynn Linton') from the author Eliza Lynn Linton to an unnamed editor or publisher, calling for 'a brilliant critical notice of Massinger's works', and suggesting that W. E. Henley write it.

Author: 
Eliza Lynn Linton [Elizabeth Lynn Linton] (1822-1898), author [W. E. Henley [William Ernest Henley] (1849-1903)]
Publication details: 
Rodney House, Littleston [Littlestone] on Sea, Kent, on letterhead of Queen Anne's Mansions, St. James's Park; 27 March [no year].
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. Good, on lightly-aged paper. She hopes that she may, 'without being needlessly intrusive', suggest that 'someone, well up on the Elizabethan dramatists, should write a brilliant critical notice of Massinger's works'. She thinks that it would be 'a means of advertisement of great value' if the recipient could 'find the writer & the vehicle'. She suggests 'W. G. Henley of the New Review', who 'has all the literature of that time, & before, at his fingers ends.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Lynn Linton') from the author Eliza Lynn Linton to her young friend 'Dearest little Alice'

Author: 
Eliza Lynn Linton [Elizabeth Lynn Linton] (1822-1898), author and opponent of women's suffrage.
Publication details: 
On letterhead of Whittington Hall, Carnforth, 'c/o the Countess Ossalinsky | Musgrave Hall | Penrith'; 7 September [1882].
£56.00

4pp., 12mo. Fair, on lightly-aged paper with slight discoloration to inner margins from previous mounting. She thanks Alice for her 'sweet letter', and declares that she has had 'a very very pleasant visit here. I like my friends here extremely. They are my sort for all that they are strong conservatives, and they are so simple, so homely, so gentle, & I get on with them as well as - what shall I say? . as well as with you!

Autograph Letter Signed from 'E L'Estrange' to Charles Manby, proposing to present a copy of the [her?] three-decker novel 'Westminster Abbey' [by Emma Robinson].

Author: 
E. L'Estrange aka ?Emma Robinson (1814-1890), English novelist [Charles Manby]
E. L'Estrange aka ?Emma Robinson
Publication details: 
9 May 1854; no place.
£56.00
E. L'Estrange aka ?Emma Robinson

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. 51 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on aged paper. Chatty and spirited letter. 'I propose myself the honour and pleasure (seldom indeed, save in common parlance!) of paying you a visit, - to present you with a copy of "Westminster Abbey"', which has 'emerged from the press in the orthodox three volumes'. Does not want to give him 'an excuse for not flashing your eye through it'.

Autograph Signature of the writer and suffragette Beatrice Harraden, on her letterhead.

Author: 
Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936), British writer and suffragette
Writer and suffragette Beatrice Harraden
Publication details: 
Undated. On letterhead of 5, Cannon Place, Hampstead Heath, N.W.
£23.00
Writer and suffragette Beatrice Harraden

12mo, 1 p. Fair, on aged paper, with central horizontal crease, and traces of mount adhering to reverse. In response to a request for an autograph Harraden has signed, neatly in the centre of the page, 'Your truly | [signed] Beatrice Harraden'. The signature is underlined.

Autograph Letter Signed from Camilla Toulmin [Mrs Newton Crosland] to an unnamed male recipient, containing a passage from her poem 'Lines on Mr. Johnstone's Picture of the Covenanters' Marriage'.

Author: 
Camilla Toulmin [Camilla Dufour Toulmin] (1812-1895), later wife of Newton Crosland (1819-1899), English author and poet
Autograph Letter Signed from Camilla Toulmin
Publication details: 
23 September 1846; London.
£85.00
Autograph Letter Signed from Camilla Toulmin

4to, 1 p. In reply to a request for an autograph, she feels 'flattered'. She has copied out seven lines from her poem 'Lines on Mr. Johnstone's Picture of the Covenanters' Marriage' (which was published in 'The New Monthly Belle Assemblée' of 1844).

Unsigned Autograph Letter from Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland, to her 'Dearest Friend' the bluestocking Mrs Mary Wortley Montagu; franked by the writer's husband 'Portland'.

Author: 
Margaret Cavendish Bentinck (1715-1785), Duchess of Portland [Elizabeth Montagu (1718-1800), author, literary hostess and 'Queen of the Bluestockings'; William Bentinck, Duke of Portland (1709-1762)]
Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland
Publication details: 
15 April [1748?]; no place.
£450.00
Margaret Cavendish Bentinck, Duchess of Portland

4to, 2 pp. Bifolium, with letter on both sides of first leaf, and frank ('For Mrs Montagu at Mr Purdies in Orange Court, Bath'), with red wax seal (bust of a man), on reverse of second. 42 lines of text. Clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with strip of mount adhering to second leaf. Begins by describing her state of health, complaining of 'a Constant pain in my Head & Opression [sic] at my breast', for which she has been 'blooded'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the author and educationist Sarah Trimmer to 'Mr. Newby'

Author: 
Sarah Trimmer (1741-1810), author and educationist
author and educationist Sarah Trimmer to 'Mr. Newby'
Publication details: 
9 March 1803; Brentford.
£180.00
author and educationist Sarah Trimmer to 'Mr. Newby'

4to, 1 p. 14 lines. Text clear, apart from damage to two words caused by the breaking open of the wafer. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with traces of previous mount adhering to the reverse. Her recipient has corrected 'a personal defect' in one of Trimmer's books, calling for a 'trifling' alteration. She will make the alteration when a new edition is called for. 'I am happy to find any of my Books are now in the excellent institution in which you perform so important an office'.

Autograph Letter Signed ('W L George') from the novelist Walter Lionel George to the writer Ralph Straus, regarding payment and literary work.

Author: 
W. L. George [Walter Lionel George] (1882-1926), English novelist brought up in Paris [Ralph Straus (1882-1950), English novelist and biographer]
Autograph Letter Signed ('W L George') ,  novelist
Publication details: 
23 January 1919; on letterhead of the Savile Club, Piccadilly.
£65.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('W L George') ,  novelist

12mo, 1 p. Twelve lines of text. Clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged and creased paper. 'No cheque from the Bystander, [...] my new novel will be out in two months or so. I intend to shock you with that.' Perhaps referring to George's 'Blind Alley', or 'Eddies of the Day', both published in 1919.

Autograph Signature ('Kate Perugini') on part of letter.

Author: 
Kate Perugini (1839-1929), English painter, daughter of Charles Dickens
Publication details: 
24 October [no year].
£28.00

On one side of piece of paper, irregularly-cut from bottom of letter, and measuring approximately 3.5 x 11 cm. Lightly-aged, spotted and creased, with thin strip from mount adhering to the left. Reads 'Yours sincerely, | [signed] Kate Perugini | 24th. Oct.'

Autograph Signature and short note.

Author: 
Emily Faithfull (1835-1895), English women's rights activist, and founder of the Victoria Press
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£38.00

On piece of paper roughly 4 x 7 cm, cut away from letter. Very good on lightly-aged paper. Laid down on piece of paper removed from autograph album, headed 'Women of Note' and dated '1895'. Reads '[signed] Emily Faithfull. | Mr L Mrs. Faithfull Begg's your card for I want you to know each other'.

Burslem Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School. August 30th, 1835. Afternoon Service.

Author: 
Mary Brougham, Printer, Burslem, Staffordshire [Burslem Wesleyan Methodist Sunday School; Georgian provincial printing]
Publication details: 
1835. 'MARY BROUGHAM, PRINTER.' [Burslem, Staffordshire.]
£28.00

16mo, 4 pp. Disbound bifolium. Text clear and complete, but in poor condition. Vignette after last item. Gives text of 'Opening Hymn. Daventry. L. M.', 'Alter Prayer. Salem. S.M.', 'After Sermon. Children's Hymn.', 'After Collection. Duetto. - Fawcett.' and 'After Benediction.' Aged, worn and creased, with loss to margins. BBTI has Brougham operating in Burslem between 1828 and 1851 as 'Printer, Bookseller, Bookbinder, Music seller, Librarian/owner of circulating library, Stationer.'

Women's Corona Society in association with the Ministry of Overseas Development. Report of Conference on "Women's Education: A Challenge". Held at Marlborough House.

Author: 
Women's Corona Society [Margaret F. Adams; C. R. V. Bell; Freda Howitt Gwilliam; D. H. Ennals; Corona Worldwide; feminism; feminist; women's education]
Publication details: 
[Privately printed, London.] 18th to 20th May, 1965.
£56.00

4to, [viii] + 26 pp. In blue printed wraps. Good, on lightly-aged paper, in slightly dogeared wraps. Introduction by Gwilliam; opening address by Ennals; summaries of speeches and notes on speakers. Two copies on COPAC (not major libraries).

Autograph Card Signed ('Julia AE Roundell') to 'Miss Wilson'.

Author: 
Mrs. Charles Roundell' [Julia Anne Elizabeth Tollemache Roundell] (1846-1931), English novelist
Publication details: 
7 October 1896; on letterhead of Dorfold Hall, Nantwich.
£28.00

On both sides of card, 9 x 11.5 cm. 16 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged card. Gives dates when they will be in Curzon Street. 'I do hope that we shall find you better. My little red book [possibly a pamphlet printed for private circulation, containing recollections of Gladstone] seems to satisfy everybody, which is an immense pleasure to me'. The book and photograph have delighted 'Agnes Jones' sister', and she has 'letters from Mr Gladstone & Mr Rathbone, & a leader - not a mere review - in the Manchester Guardian'.

Autograph Note Signed ('C M Yonge') to unnamed woman.

Author: 
Charlotte Yonge [Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901)], English novelist
Publication details: 
19 December [no year]; Elderfield.
£45.00

On one side of a piece of paper, 9.5 x 7.5 cm. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. Minor traces of stub in thin strip along one edge. Reads 'Elderfield | Decr 19 | Dear Madam | The Story you mean is in the Christmas number of the Monthly Packet for 1877 | Yours truly | [signed] C M Yonge'. Docketed on reverse in a contemporary hand 'Miss Charlotte M. Yonge Authoress of The Daisy Chain etc. etc. etc'.

Handbill headed 'An Appeal to Working Men and Women', pressing for 'the English law to protect your girls from being led into vice'.

Author: 
Ellice Hopkins (1836-1904) and Emily Janes (d.1928), Honorary Secretaries, Ladies’ Associations for the Care of Girls
Publication details: 
January, 1885. 41, Great Russell-street, British Museum, W.C.
£225.00

On both sides of a piece of paper, 19 x 11.5 cm. Seventy-seven lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged and lightly-worn paper. Contrasts the law on the continent with that in England, where 'an unruly girl at any age can go on the streets, and the person who harbours her is not guilty of a greater crime than if she were a women [sic] of thirty or forty [...] Will you not help us heart and soul in getting our English girls, - your daughters, remember, - as carefully protected as Belgian and French girls?

Autograph Signature.

Author: 
Mrs Randolph' [C. Emily Blanche Randolph], Victorian novelist
Publication details: 
Undated. 76 Chester Square, London, SW.
£23.00

On one side of a piece of paper, 18 x 11.5 cm. Very good, on lightly-aged paper, with strip from stub adhering to the blank reverse. Reads 'With our united kind regards, | Believe me | Very sincerely your | C. Emily Blanche Randolph. | 76. Chester Square | S.W.' A small square of paper carrying a printed list of twelve of Mrs Randolph's works is tipped in at the foot of the page.

Visiting card, bearing autograph note to 'Mr Palgrave [Francis Turner Palgrave, 1824-1897?], [and] The Misses Palgrave'.

Author: 
Anna Swanwick (1813-1899), English author, feminist, and translator of Goethe, born in Liverpool
Publication details: 
Undated. Printed address '23, Cumberland Terrace, Regent's Park. [London]'
£56.00

Dimensions of card 6 x 9 cm. Good. Printed on the card are the name 'Miss Anna Swanwick,' and the address. Written around the name in MS is 'Mr Palgrave, The Misses Palgrave from [Miss Anna Swanwick] With kindest regards and all the good wishes of the season.'

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