ISABELLA

[ George Young, Shrewsbury Quaker land surveyor. ] Coloured manuscript map on vellum of 'Lands at the Holly Bush and the Dales in the Chapelry of Knightwick and County of Worcester Belonging to Isabella Hodges'.

Author: 
George Young (1750-1820) Shrewsbury Quaker land surveyor [ Isabella Hodges, Worcester landowner ]
Publication details: 
'Survey'd & Drawn by George Young Worcester 1776.'
£220.00

On one side of a 58 x 39 cm. piece of vellum. In fair condition, rolled, and lightly aged and worn. An finished production, with elegant lettering and compass. Maps showing the lands – which adjoin those of Lord Foley – at the Holly Bush to the left side, and those at the Dales to the right. Title in the middle of the page, beneath which is a table of 24 locations, from 'Far Meadow' to 'Orly Spring', colour coded to the two parts of the map: 'Green | Yellow | Red | Blue | Sea Green'. The table quantifies the amount of 'Arable | Pasture | Orchards | Hop Yards | Coppice', with totals.

[ 'Isa Craig', Scottish poet and women's rights activist. ] Autograph Signature ('Isa Craig') cut from letter to R. A. Arnold.

Author: 
'Isa Craig' [ Isabella Craig; Mrs. Isa Craig Knox ] (1831-1903), Scottish poet and women's rights activist
Publication details: 
Place and date not stated.
£23.00

On 5.5 x 11.5 cm piece of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, laid down on part of leaf from album. Reads: 'Yours faithfully | Isa Craig | R. A. Arnold Esq'.

[ Pamphlet. ] Women's Wages, And the conditions under which they are earned.

Author: 
Isabella O. Ford [ Isabella Ormston Ford (1855-1924), socialist propagandist and suffragist ] [ The Humanitarian League, London ]
Publication details: 
The Humanitarian League's Publications. No. 8. London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street. 1893.
£80.00

17+[3]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The last three pages carry advertisements for the Humanitarian League, with a list of publications on the last page. Scarce. For more on Ford, see her entry in the Oxford DNB.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Women's Need of Representation: A Lecture upon the Necessity of Giving Women the Parliamentary Franchise.

Author: 
'Miss A. I. Robertson [Anne Isabella Robertson], President of the Irish National Society for Women's Suffrage; Author of "Myself and My Relatives," etc.'
Publication details: 
[Printed for the Irish National Society for Women's Suffrage, Dublin.] Dublin: Alfred Webb, Printer, 74, Middle Abbey Street. (Late R. D. Webb and Son.) 1872.
£320.00

Subtitle: 'Printed for the Irish National Society for Women's Suffrage, upon the motion of The Right Hon. Lord Talbot de Malahide, at a General Meeting of the Society held February 21st, 1872.' 18pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. The only copy on COPAC (other than surrogates) at the LSE, with three copies of an 1873 edition. No copy on OCLC WorldCat. Note: "The National Society for Women's Suffrage was the first national group in the United Kingdom to campaign for women's right to vote.

[Isabella Knox (Mrs. Craig-Knox), Scottish poet ('Isa') and women's rights campaigner.] Autograph Signature on part of letter.

Author: 
Isabella Knox [née Craig] [ Isa Craig ; Mrs. Craig-Knox] (1831-1903), poet under the pseudonym 'Isa', and campaigner for women's rights,
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£25.00

On one side of the lower part of a leaf, measuring 10 x 12.5 cm. In fair condition, on lightly aged paper. Reads: '[...] have much pleasure in seeing you on Thursday Evening | Yours Very Truly | Isa Craig'.

[Printed prospectus, with photographic illustrations.] Cherwell Hall, Oxford. Training College for Women Secondary Teachers.

Author: 
[Cherwell Hall, Training College for Women Secondary Teachers, Oxford; St Hilda's College, Oxford; Catherine Isabella Dodd (1860-1932), educationalist]
Publication details: 
Cherwell Hall, Oxford. Waterlow & Sons, Printers, London and Dunstable. Undated [between 1917 and 1921].
£60.00

[16]pp., landscape 12mo. With nine full-page photographic views ('Cherwell Hall - South East View', 'The Gateway', 'Cherwell Hall - The South Lawn', 'Porch at Front Door', 'The Entrance Hall', 'The Library, Cherwell Hall', 'The Iris Walk', 'A View in the Grounds, Cherwell Hall, showing Magdalen Tower', 'Cherwell Hall, The Oak Room'). In cream wraps printed in green. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Shelfmark, stamp and label of the Board of Education Reference Library. Can be roughly dated from the fact of the College's principal being Catherine I.

[Mrs Isabella Hankey, widow of West Indian merchant banker John Peter Hankey.] Signed manuscript 'Bond of Indemnity | Mrs. Hankey to Executors and Trustees of John Peter Hankey Esqr. deceased', referring to 'Sugar Plantations' and 'Negroes Slaves'.

Author: 
Mrs Isabella Hankey, widow of John Peter Hankey (d.1807) of Grenada, West Indian merchant banker [Messrs Thomson Hankey & Co., London bankers; Sir William Alexander]
Publication details: 
[London, England.] 21 July 1814.
£220.00

3pp., folio. Bifolium. In good condition, on lightly aged and worn paper. Signed 'Isabella Hankey' and witnessed by 'John fforster Carey Street'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Polish refugee Dr Severin Wielobycki to an unnamed lady, enclosing a printed report of his brother Dionysius Wielobycki 's trial in Edinburgh for forging the will of Margaret Darling, headed 'Dr Wielobycki's Trial'.

Author: 
Severin Wielobycki (1793-1893) and his brother, Dionysius Wielobycki (1813-1882), Polish refugees who both trained as doctors in Edinburgh, before becoming homoeopaths [Isabella Darling]
Publication details: 
Letter: 55 Queen Street, Edinburgh. 26 January 1857. Newspaper report reprinted 'From the EDINBURGH NEWS of Saturday, Jan. 10, 1857.'
£180.00

Both items in fair condition, lightly-aged and worn. Severin Wielobycki's letter is 1p., 12mo. On the recto of the first leaf of a bifolium. It reads: 'Dear Madam. | I am much delighted that you take interest in my brother; all friends of his are of the same opinion tat he has been treated very unjustly. I hope your influence will if not relieve him, at any rate shorten his horrible sentence. | I beg to enclose two copies of the document according to your request' (only one copy present). The report of 'Dr Wielobycki's Trial' is 1p., 4to, on grey paper, in two columns of small print.

Manuscript indenture on parchment, with signatures and seals: 'Conveyance of Lands of Stapleton in the County of Leicester. Mr. Joseph Knight and Mr. John Edwards to The Baroness Noel Byron [Anne Isabella, Lady Noel Byron], and others'.

Author: 
Anne Isabella Noel Byron (1792-1860), 11th Baroness Wentworth and Baroness Byron [Lady Byron], wife of poet George Gordon Noel, 6th Baron Byron of Rochdale [Lord Byron]; John Edwards; Joseph Knight
Publication details: 
1 August 1853. [Indenture by Fry & Son, London, Law Stationers.]
£200.00

On two skins, with the usual seals and tax stamps, and further text and signatures on the reverse of the first skin, including a witnessed receipt for £450 from Knight; also a memorandum, 2 August 1853, 'Exparte The right Honorable Anne Isabella Baroness Noel Byron Widow', 'Before me | Wm. Cowdell. | A Master Extraordinary in Chancery'. The first skin carries a plan of the property (8 acres 3 rods 33 perches), to the west of the East Shilton road to Stapleton, and of Wigstones Farm, Stapleton and Kirkby Lordship, and with the road from Barwell to Kirby going through it, coloured in green.

Typed Letter Signed ('Richard G Badger') from American publisher Richard G. Badger of the Gorham Press, Boston,

Author: 
Richard G. Badger, publisher, The Gorham Press, Boston [Isabella Macdonald Alden [Mrs. G. R. Alden] (1841-1930), author of the hugely-popular 'Pansy' series of books]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Gorham Press, 194 Boylston Street, Boston. 17 July 1911.
£80.00

1p., 4to. Good, on lightly-aged paper. Addressed to 'Mrs. G. R. Alden, 425 Embarcadero Road, Palo Alto, Calif.' Badger confirms that he has received 'the manuscript of "Nell Jenkins" and "Her Own Way"', and his firm has been 'considering the publication of the book very carefully'.

Part of letter ('Ju: Milbank') from Lord Byron's mother-in-law the Hon. Lady Judith Milbanke, requesting the recipient's support for her husband in 'the approaching Election for the County of Durham'.

Publication details: 
Seaham. 27 October 1806.
£120.00

Lower part of letter with ruled border, laid down on part of leaf from autograph album. Dimensions: 7.5 x 18.5 cm. Lightly aged and ruckled. Reads: '<...> your support at the approaching Election for the County of Durham - having for so long possessed the confidence of this County, it is his utmost ambition to have it continued and should he be honoured with yours, it will be considered the highest obligation | I am Sir | Your faithful Servant | [signed] Ju: Milbank | Seaham | Octr: 27. 1806.' Contemporary ink note reads: '[Lady Milbanke afterwards Lady Noel Milbanke, mother of Lady Byron.]'

Autograph Letter Signed ('A. Ritchie') from Anne Thackeray Ritchie (Lady Ritchie), daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray, to Miss Grae of St Andrews, thanking her for her sisters' book of sonnets.

Author: 
Anne Isabella Ritchie [Anne Thackeray Ritchie] (1837-1919), Lady Ritchie, born Anne Isabella Thackeray, letterwriter, daughter of William Makepeace Thackeray
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 109 St George's Square, SW. 5 November [no year, but before her husband's death in 1912].
£60.00

4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. As she 'cut the string' of the parcel, she 'wondered what could possibly come to me from St Andrews', '& lo! these beautiful thoughts in their lovely garb appeared to my delight'. It was wonderful of Miss Grae to 'think of it', and of 'the little girls to make such a beautiful book', the binding of which her husband finds 'admirable & excellent'. She will 'read the charming pages on foggy days such as these'. She wishes that 'these last 3 blacknesses had been spent at St Andrews by all of us'.

Envelope addressed in autograph by Lady Byron to John Ball.

Author: 
Anne Isabella Noel [née Annabella Milbanke], Lady Byron and Baroness Wentworth [George Gordon Noel, Lord Byron]
Publication details: 
Undated.
£38.00

The front of the envelope (dimensions 8.5 x 14.5 cm) cut away. Previously laid down in an autograph album, and with traces of the leaf still adhering to the reverse. On aged and lightly-creased paper. In a firm, neat hand. Reads 'Mr John Ball | 31 Bloomsbury Place'. At the head, in a contemporary hand, 'The writing of Lady Noel Byron, wife of Lord Byron'.

Autograph Signature ('Isabel Somerset') on piece of paper.

Author: 
Lady Isabel Somerset [Lady Isabella Caroline Somerset; Lady Henry Somerset] (née Somers-Cocks) (1851-1921), Temperance activist and campaigner for women's rights
Publication details: 
Without date or place.
£23.00

On irregularly shaped piece of paper, roughly 3 x 7 cm, cut around the signature and its double underlining. Good signature, with slight smudging to a couple of letters.

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