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[ Alice Meynell, poet and suffragist. ] Autograph Letter Signed to 'Miss Harraden', thanking her for her consideration and inviting her to visit.

Author: 
Alice Meynell [Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell, née Thompson ] (1847-1922), poet, suffragist, author and editor [ Beatrice or Gertrude Harraden? ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 47 Palace Court, W. [ London ] 3 February 1897.
£90.00

4pp., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, with dogeared corners. She is effusive in her thanks for Harraden's 'generous thought of writing to me. | To receive such a letter from one like you is a great delight. I am sure you would be glad if you knew how great.' She asks if it would be 'asking too much to beg you to come and see me - next Sunday or any Sunday that might suit you?'

[ Sir John David Rees denounces 'the Anglo vernacular press', 'women lawyers', 'Miss Cornelia Sorabji, & Rukmi Bhai' and 'Reviving Hinduism'. ] Corrected draft of newspaper article showing a marked antipathy to the Indian population.

Author: 
Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author [ Lord Lansdowne;Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquess of Lansdowne ]
Publication details: 
Written in India during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship and Lord Rosebery's premiership, hence 1894.
£150.00

For information on Rees see his obituary in The Times, 3 June 1922. 2pp., foolscap 8vo. On the rectos of a bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged, with the second leaf tipped in onto a leaf extracted from an album. From Rees's papers, and written during Lord Lansdowne's viceroyship, 1888-1894, and Lord Rosebery's premiership, 1894-1895; hence in 1894. An extract from the corrected draft of an untraced newspaper or magazine article, showing marked antipathy to the native Indian population, their rights and aspirations.

[ Laura Ormiston Chant, social reformer, author and suffragist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('L. Ormiston Chant'), on her husband's calling card, to her son's schoolmaster 'Mr Eve [ i.e. Henry Weston Eve ]', explaining his late attendance.

Author: 
Laura Ormiston Chant [ Laura Ormiston Dibbin Chant ] (1848-1922), social reformer, author and suffragist [ Henry Weston Eve (1838-1910), Headmaster of University College School, London ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date. Her husband's calling card with the address 49 Gower Street [ London ].
£45.00

Written over the front of a 6 x 9.5 cm calling card of 'Mrs. Ormiston Chant, | 49, Gower Street, W.C.' In good condition, lightly aged. Eve has written his initials in red ink over the note. Reads: 'Dear Mr Eve | Please excuse Clement for being late this morning. We are starting for Grindewald, and are anxious for him to see us off at Charing Cross. He will be at school by 11 a.m. | Yours sincerely. | L. Ormiston Chant.' For information on Eve, see P. G. Naiditfh, 'A.E. Housman at University College, London: The Election of 1892' (1988).

[ Mona Caird, Scottish novelist, suffragist and theosophist. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Mona Caird') to 'Dr. Chapman', regarding the publication of her letter on 'Marriage in England' in a paper edited by 'Mr. Stanton' [ Theodore Stanton? ].

Author: 
Mona Caird [ Alice Mona Caird; née Alice Mona Alison; married name Alice Mona Henryson-Caird] (1854-1932), Scottish novelistt, proponent of women's suffrage, and theosophist [ Theodore Stanton ]
Publication details: 
'On letterhead of Northbrook, Micheldever [ Hampshire ]. 10 October 1888.
£120.00

The 'Mr. Stanton' referred to in the letter is presumably the journalist Theodore Stanton, son of the abolitionist Henry Brewster Stanton (1805-1887) and his wife the suffragist Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815-1902). 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. The letter begins: 'Some time ago I half promised to write a letter to an American paper whose Editor is the brother of a friend of mine, & who lives in Paris.

[ Paul Robeson, singer and actor. ] Autograph Signature and inscription, with the signature of his accompanist the composer Lawrence Brown.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), black American actor and singer involved in the Civil Rights Movement [ Lawrence Brown [ Lawrence Benjamin Brown ] (1893-1972), composer ]
Publication details: 
Without place or date [ 1920s? ].
£100.00

On one side of 17 x 11 cm leaf extracted from an autograph album. The page is orientated in portrait shape, with Robeson's inscription in dark-blue ink, slanting downwards in a strong and attractive style. It reads: 'Best wishes | Paul Robeson | My mother bore me in the Southern wild | And I am black, but O, my Soul, is white. | P. R.' (The quotation is from William Blake.) Beneath this, also slanting downwards, and written in green ink, is the signature 'Lawrence Brown'.

[ Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique. ] Two printed forms listing in small print the 'Etablissements' of Paris and elsewhere (including concerts, circuses, balls, casinos, theatres), and giving the royalties of 'Madame Dutry'.

Author: 
Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs et Éditeurs de Musique [ SACEM ], French performing-rights society (Paris, France), founded in 1851 [ Madame Dutry ]
Publication details: 
Société des Auteurs, Compositeurs & Éditeurs de Musique [ Paris, France ]. The two documents are: the '248me Répartition (Avril 1911)' and the '249me Répartition (Juillet 1911)'.
£150.00

The two forms are identical in layout, but the first has the printed date April 1911 and the second July of the same year. Each is 4pp., folio, on a bifolium. The form is divided into: 'Paris', 'Banlieue', 'Départements' and 'Etranger', and lists venues ('Etablissements') - those in Paris in larger print and the rest in smaller print - under the headings 'Concerts', 'Bals', 'Théâtres', 'Cirques', 'Casinos', 'Concours et Festivals', 'Forains'. The famous Paris venues of the period are there, including the Folies Bergère and the Moulin Rouge.

[ Victorian women and the legal profession. ] Illustrated humorous manuscript valentine poem, in the form of a 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington', on what would happen if the 'ladies' appeared 'in wig and gown', with '”chambers” up in town.'

Author: 
[ Victorian women and the legal profession ] [ Sir Richard Harington (1861-1931) of Ridlington, 12th Baronet, judge ]
Publication details: 
[ London. ] Dated at head 'February 13th. A.D. 1890'.
£120.00

3pp., 4to. Bifolium. Folded in customary fashion, with 'Brief | for the opinion of Mr Harington' on the outside of the packet, beneath which, in another hand: 'Feby 14th. 1890 | Richard Harington Esq'. The author's hand is clearly disguised, as is usual with valentines, the writing being markedly ornate. There are various crude drawings in the margins, ranging from images of a barrister and a woman, faces of two women (one smoking a pipe), to small representations of cigar boxes, briefs and books.

[Female suffrage; printed French pamphlet, inscribed to Lord Houghton.] Question proposée par la Classe des Belles-Lettres et Arts. ['concernant la condition économique des femmes, leur éducation, leurs salaires, [...]']

Author: 
[Louis Guillard, Président; Charles Fraisse et E. Faivre, Secrétaires généraux] Académie Impériale des Sciences, Belles-Lettres et Arts de Lyon, France] [women's suffrage; nineteenth-century feminism]
Publication details: 
[Lyons, France.] 'Association typographique lyonnaise. - Regard, rue Tupin, 31.' Undated [1870 or later].
£80.00

2pp., 8vo. Handbill with drophead title. In fair condition, lightly-aged, unbound, with slight loss to one corner (not affecting text). Inscribed at head of first page: 'Lord Houghton | de la part d'Arlès-Dufour'. Lord Houghton is better known as Richard Monckton Milnes (1809-1885); Jean Barthelemy Arlès Dufour (Barthelemy Francois Arlès Dufour) (1797-1872) was a leading Lyons silk manufacturer.

[ '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'.

[ Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Shaftesbury') to 'Miss Faithful' [ the publisher and suffragist Emily Faithfull ], explaining his reasons for being unable to attend a lecture.

Author: 
Anthony Ashley Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury (1801-1885), Liberal politician and social reformer [ Emily Faithfull (1835-1895), London publisher and campaigner for women's rights ]
Publication details: 
No place. 28 April 1871.
£50.00

2pp., 12mo. In fair condition, lightly aged, and slightly creased at foot. He apologises for being unable to attend a meeting, 'which I had given up, hearing that Sir C. Trevelyan had, already, promised to undertake the duty'. As president, he must attend 'an important Lecture' at the Victoria Institute, 'the Committee having fixed the day, supposing me to be free'.

[ Mary Gawthorpe, suffragette. ] Autograph Signature ('Mary Gawthorpe') on final page of a typed circular letter regarding a 'new movement' distinct from 'suffragists who adopt extreme measures'.

Author: 
Mary Gawthorpe [ Mary Eleanor Gawthorpe ] (1881-1973), British suffragette and trades unionist [ women's suffrage; suffragists ]
Publication details: 
Place and date not present. [ Circa 1912? ]
£150.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, lightly aged and creased. The final page of the letter only. Regarding those to whom she is sending the present circular, which relates to a petition, she writes: 'It will be noticed that I have done my best to avoid associating the new movement with names already well-known as being in some sympathy with suffragists who adopt extreme measures.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Early History of the Property of Married Women, as collected from Roman and Hindoo Law. A Lecture, Delivered at Birmingham, March 25, 1873.

Author: 
Sir Henry Sumner Maine, K.C.S.I., D.C.L., Member of the Council of India and Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of Oxford [Married Women's Property Committee; A. Ireland, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Married Women's Property Committee.] Manchester: A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall. [1873.]
£150.00

21pp., 8vo. On title-page: 'This Lecture, the substance of which forms part of an unpublished work, is reprinted for the Married Women's Property Committee, with the permission of the author.' In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Two addresses written in pencil on reverse of last leaf, and a name in ink.

[ Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, physician and suffragette. ] Autograph Signature ('E G Anderson') on part of letter containing references to her daughter and sister.

Author: 
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836-1917), physician and suffragette
Publication details: 
Place not stated. [ 1874 ]
£35.00

On 4.5 x 11 cm. slip of paper, cut from the end of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged and ruckled. Good firm signature. Reads: 'Ever yours lovingly | E G Anderson'. At bottom right in another hand: '1874'. Fragment of letter on reverse: '[...] much better for his holyday [sic] & he sees Louie immensely improved. We are urging Alice to stand [...]'. The 'Alice' of the letter is her sister Alice (b.1842), and the 'Louie' her daughter Louisa (1873-1943), who would also become a doctor.

[ Lilias Ashworth Hallett, suffragette. ] Conclusion of a letter [ to Mr Hunt ], signed 'Lilias S Ashworth'

Author: 
Lilias Ashworth Hallett [ born Lilias Sophia Ashworth; Lilias S. Ashworth ] (1844-1922), prominent member of the suffragette organisation the Women's Social and Political Union, niece of John Bright
Publication details: 
Lacking details of place or date, but written (from Bath?) before her marriage in 1877.
£45.00

2pp., 16mo. The last leaf of a letter. In fair condition, lightly aged. Begins with reference to the payment of a subscription to 'the Society'. Continues: 'You must indeed have enjoyed your tour in the Black Forest. We are hoping to go to the South of France next month for a few weeks as we have not ben a journey all this year. I hope you and Mrs. Hunt will give us the pleasure of seeing you here if ever you come to Bath. My sister joins me in kindest regards'.

[ Janet Achurch, actress for whom G. B. Shaw wrote 'Candida'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('JAC', i.e. Janet Achurch Charrington), to actor Robert Farquharson regarding rehearsals for a Glasgow production of Ibsen's 'A Doll's House'.

Author: 
Janet Achurch [ Janet Achurch Charrington ] (1864-1916), English actress and actor-manager [ 'Robert Farquharson', stage name of Robert de la Condamine (1877-1966), English actor ]
Publication details: 
'Bourne Cottage | Beenham | Nr. Reading'. 6 May 1904.
£35.00

1p., 8vo. On aged and worn paper. Addressed on reverse, with stamps and postmarks, to 'Robert Farquharson Esqre | Haxtead House | Bromley | Kent'. She invites him to 'run down on Saturday [...] The garden is lovely - We shall probably go ahead to Glasgow so this may be our only chance of rehearsing till the day we open in Glasgow.' She wants 'everything "just so" to soothe our feelings after the Scramble of last Thursday - surely last Thursday year!' She has found 'a wonderfully fine notice' in the Guardian newspaper, 'for the "smoothness & freshness" of our doings | ye gods!

[ Printed pamphlet, with introduction by G. W. Foote. ] Marriage and Divorce. An Agnostic's View. By Colonel R. G. Ingersoll.

Author: 
Colonel R. G. Ingersoll [ Robert Green Ingersoll (1833-1899), 'The Great Agnostic' ] [ G. W. Foote, Progressive Publishing Company, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Progressive Publishing Company, 28, Stonecutter Street, E.C. [ Printed and Published by G. W. Foote, 28 Stonecutter St., London, E.C. ] 1890.
£45.00

15 + [1]pp., 12mo. Disbound without wraps. In good condition, with light signs of age. Last page carries a list of 'Works by Colonel Ingersoll.' Foote's introductory note reads: 'During November and December, 1889, the North American Review printed a number of articles by representative men on the subject of Divorce. The editor framed a series of four questions, which the various writers replied to. Colonel Ingersoll answered them seriatim and fully, without the least evasion and reserve, having a habit, not only of meaning what he says, but of saying what he means.

[ Pamphlet. ] Dangerous Trades for Women.

Author: 
Mrs. C. Mallet [ Louisa Tempe Mallet [née Udny] (1837-1904), women's activist ]
Publication details: 
The Humanitarian League's Publications. No. 9. London: William Reeves, 185, Fleet Street, E.C. 1893.
£75.00

22 + [2]pp., 12mo. Disbound and without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. The last two pages advertise the Humanitarian League, including a page of publications. Scarce. For more on Mallet, see her entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ 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.

[ Pamphlet. ] Mr. Gladstone and the Eight Hours Law.

Author: 
H. M. Hyndman [ Henry Mayers Hyndman (1842-1921) [ The Twentieth Century Press, Limitted, London ]
Publication details: 
London: Published by The Twentieth Century Press, Limited, 44, Gray's Inn Road, W.C.
£45.00

16pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Hyndman is described on the title-page as 'Author of "The Historical Basis of Socialism," "The Bankruptcy of India," "England for All," "Commercial Crises of the Nineteenth Century," "Booth's Book Refuted," &c.' Concludes: 'Thus the growing agitation for an Eight Hours Law may soon develop into a demand for the collective control of the whole industrial sysytem by the workers.' Scarce.

[ Pamphlet. ] An Eight-Hour Law.

Author: 
H. H. Champion [ Henry Hyde Champion (1859-1928), socialist and journalist ] [ The Aberdeen Standard ]
Publication details: 
Aberdeen: Published at the Aberdeen Standard Office. 1893. [ 'Printer: JAMES BLAIR, 15 St. Nicholas St., Aberdeen. ]
£45.00

[16]pp., 12mo. Disbound without covers. In good condition, on aged paper. Scarce. For more on Champion, see his entry in the Oxford DNB.

[ Paul Robeson, African-American singer and actor. ] Autograph Signature, with that of his accompanist Lawrence Brown, on a photographic reproduction of a drawing of Robeson.

Author: 
Paul Robeson [ Paul Leroy Robeson ] (1898-1976), African-American singer and actor associated with the Civil Rights Movement; Lawrence Benjamin Brown (1893-1972), African-American pianist and arranger
Publication details: 
[ On Robeson's concert tour of the British Isles with Lawrence, 1934. ]
£56.00

The two signatures are on a reproduction of a drawing of Robeson, on a 15 x 11 cm piece of shiny art paper, cut from a programme from Robeson's 1934 tour of Britain. In good condition, lightly-aged. The head and shoulders portrait shows a moody Robeson in collar and tie. The two signature are at the foot of the image, with Robeson's, in blue ink, slanting downwards, and Brown's, in green ink, slanting upwards, around the line of Robeson's lapels.

[ 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.

[ Beatrice Harraden, writer and suffragette. ] Autograph Card Signed to 'Mrs Woolmer', reluctantly declining an invitation.

Author: 
Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936), writer and suffragette
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 3 Cantley Mansions, Fairhazel Gardens, South Hampstead. 8 June [no year].
£30.00

In fair condition, aged and with traces of mounting on reverse. She is engaged on the afternoon of 15 June, but will hope to 'come in & see you some other time'. Postscript: 'It was delightful to meet & greet the other day!'

[ Richard McKeon, American philosopher. ] Typed Letter Signed ('Richard P. McKeon') to Mark Bonham Carter, teasing him egarding his trip to Chicago.

Author: 
Richard McKeon [ Richard Peter McKeon ] (1900-1985), American philosopher whose work for UNESCO led to Universal Declaration of Human Rights [ Mark Bonham Carter (1922-1994), Baron Bonham-Carter]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of the Department of Philosophy, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. 21 July 1948.
£100.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, creased and lightly aged. Addressed to 'Mr. Mark R. Bonham Carter | c/o The Commonwealth Fund | 41 East 57th Street | New York 22, New York'. He writes having just returned 'from another trip to Paris', and has seen Bonham-Carter's 'note of farewell - with the conspicuous marks of the Wegener influence'. He is glad Bonham-Carter enjoyed his visit to Chicago, and looks forward to a visit to England by 'one or more of the McKeons', which will give him 'an opportunity to retaliate for some of the ragging that constitutes the American conception of hospitality'.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] Marriage-Law Injustice, Objections to the Divorce Act, with Suggested Amendments.

Author: 
Fredk. A. Binney [Frederick Altona Binney] [Palmer & Howe, Manchester printers] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
Manchester: Palmer & Howe, Bond Street. 1876.
£80.00

24pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Copies in copyroight libraries. None on market currently.

[Female suffrage, printed pamphlet.] Civil Service Appointments for Women. A Paper read at the Meeting of the Social Science Congress, Manchester, 1879.

Author: 
Whately Cooke Taylor [Richard Whately Cooke Taylor (1842-1918)] [The Social Science Congress, Manchester; women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
[The Social Science Congress, Manchester.] Printed by Spottiswoode & Co., New-street Square, London. 1880.
£120.00

12pp., 8vo. In good condition, no wraps, disbound. In manuscript at head of title: 'With the Author's Compts' and, in another hand, 'C. A. Biggs'. No copy traced, either on COPAC or WorldCat.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Early History of the Property of Married Women, as collected from Roman and Hindoo Law. A Lecture, Delivered at Birmingham, March 25, 1873.

Author: 
Sir Henry Sumner Maine, K.C.S.I., D.C.L., Member of the Council of India and Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of Oxford [Married Women's Property Committee; A. Ireland, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Married Women's Property Committee.] Manchester: A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall. [1873.]
£150.00

21pp., 8vo. On title-page: 'This Lecture, the substance of which forms part of an unpublished work, is reprinted for the Married Women's Property Committee, with the permission of the author.' In fair condition, aged and with minor staining to title, no wraps, disbound.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Early History of the Property of Married Women, as collected from Roman and Hindoo Law. A Lecture, Delivered at Birmingham, March 25, 1873.

Author: 
Sir Henry Sumner Maine, K.C.S.I., D.C.L., Member of the Council of India and Corpus Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of Oxford [Married Women's Property Committee; A. Ireland, Manchester]
Publication details: 
[Married Women's Property Committee.] Manchester: A. Ireland and Co., Printers, Pall Mall. [1873.]
£150.00

21pp., 8vo. On title-page: 'This Lecture, the substance of which forms part of an unpublished work, is reprinted for the Married Women's Property Committee, with the permission of the author.' In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. Two addresses written in pencil on reverse of last leaf, and a name in ink.

[Female suffrage; printed pamphlet.] The Legal Position of Women in England and Ireland: An Address delivered at the Opening Meeting of the Forty-ninth Session, in the Dining Hall, King's Inns, October 29, 1878, by the Auditor, Seymour Bushe, B.A.

Author: 
Seymour Bushe, B.A. [Law Students' Debating Society, King's Inns, Dublin] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
['Law Students' Debating Society, King's Inns, Dublin.'] Dublin: Printed by Charles Chambers, 36 Dame Street, 1878.
£220.00

Title-page headed: 'Law Students' Debating Society, King's Inns, Dublin.' 32pp., 8vo. In good condition, lightly-aged, no wraps, disbound. No copy on COPAC, and one copy on OCLC WorldCat, at the National Library of Australia.

[Printed pamphlet.] Speech of the Right Hon. Russell Gurney, M.P., on moving the Second Reading of the Married Women's Property Bill. In the House of Commons, Wednesday, April 14, 1869. Extracted from "Hansard's Parliamentary Debates," Vol. CXCV.

Author: 
Russell Gurney, M.P. [The Married Women's Property Bill, 1869.] [women's suffrage; Victorian feminism]
Publication details: 
London: Cornelius Buck, 23, Paternoster Row, E.C. 1869.
£100.00

7pp., 8vo. Inscribed at head of title-page: '<?> an earnest request for a careful consideration of the whole question'. In fair condition, lightly aged and worn, no wraps, disbound. Only one copy traced on either COPAC or OCLC WorldCat, at the BL.

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