1946. Yonkers, New York: The Alicat Book Shop Press.
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.
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.
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 (1850-1928) of Newnham College, Cambridge, suffragist and classical scholar
45 Colville Gardens W. [ London ]. 8 August 1888.
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'.
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 Lilian Grant Tennant (1883-1974, later Kendall), daughter of James Tennant (1852-1933) of Fairlieburne, Fairlie, Ayrshire, Scotland, industrialist and cousin of Margot Asquith
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.
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.
Elizabeth Rayner Parkes [ Bessie Belloc ] (1929-1925), journalst and campaigner for women's rights
On letterhead of 11 Great College Street, Westminster. 20 April 1898.
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 [Margaret Haig Mackworth, 2nd Viscountess Rhondda] (1857-1958)], suffragette and nfounder of the magazine Time and Tide
On letterhead of 'Time and Tide', 32 Bloomsbury Street, London WC1. 10 December 1952.
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 (1859-1925), English novelist [Frances Mary Peard (1835-1923), English novelist, author of more than forty books]
Hendon. 29 January [no year].
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.
Theodosia Pickering Garrison [Mrs. Frederick J. Faulks] (1874-1944)
'Theodosia Pickering Garrison, | 32 Nassau Street, New York City.' Undated [1909 or before].
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!
Eliza Lynn Linton [Elizabeth Lynn Linton] (1822-1898), author [W. E. Henley [William Ernest Henley] (1849-1903)]
Rodney House, Littleston [Littlestone] on Sea, Kent, on letterhead of Queen Anne's Mansions, St. James's Park; 27 March [no year].
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.
Eliza Lynn Linton [Elizabeth Lynn Linton] (1822-1898), author and opponent of women's suffrage.
On letterhead of Whittington Hall, Carnforth, 'c/o the Countess Ossalinsky | Musgrave Hall | Penrith'; 7 September .
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!
E. L'Estrange aka ?Emma Robinson (1814-1890), English novelist [Charles Manby]
9 May 1854; no place.
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'.
Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936), British writer and suffragette
Undated. On letterhead of 5, Cannon Place, Hampstead Heath, N.W.
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.
Camilla Toulmin [Camilla Dufour Toulmin] (1812-1895), later wife of Newton Crosland (1819-1899), English author and poet
23 September 1846; London.
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).
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)]
15 April [1748?]; no place.
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'.
Sarah Trimmer (1741-1810), author and educationist
9 March 1803; Brentford.
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'.
W. L. George [Walter Lionel George] (1882-1926), English novelist brought up in Paris [Ralph Straus (1882-1950), English novelist and biographer]
23 January 1919; on letterhead of the Savile Club, Piccadilly.
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.
Kate Perugini (1839-1929), English painter, daughter of Charles Dickens
24 October [no year].
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.'
Emily Faithfull (1835-1895), English women's rights activist, and founder of the Victoria Press
Without date or place.
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'.
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 [Margaret F. Adams; C. R. V. Bell; Freda Howitt Gwilliam; D. H. Ennals; Corona Worldwide; feminism; feminist; women's education]
[Privately printed, London.] 18th to 20th May, 1965.
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).
Mrs. Charles Roundell' [Julia Anne Elizabeth Tollemache Roundell] (1846-1931), English novelist
7 October 1896; on letterhead of Dorfold Hall, Nantwich.
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'.
Charlotte Yonge [Charlotte Mary Yonge (1823-1901)], English novelist
19 December [no year]; Elderfield.
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'.
Ellice Hopkins (1836-1904) and Emily Janes (d.1928), Honorary Secretaries, Ladies’ Associations for the Care of Girls
January, 1885. 41, Great Russell-street, British Museum, W.C.
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?
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.
Mrs. W. K. Clifford [Lucy Clifford, née Lane] (1846-1929), English novelist
Monday 13th.' [no date]; on embossed letterhead of 7 Chilworth Street, London, W.
12mo, 1 p. Bifolium. Very good. On lightly-aged paper. She ends 'Excuse haste & incoherence' and the letter is certainly difficult to decipher. The recipient is 'right', and Mrs Clifford will be 'ready for a talk' any time after her return on Saturday.
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.'
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
28 December 1861; 17 Wimpole Street, London, W.
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.