Women

Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Bellew') from Lady Caroline Bellew of Stockleigh House, with note describing the assault on her in Paris by Lord William Paget and Cassidy.

Author: 
Miss Caroline Bellew [Caroline Countess Bellew] (d.1863), of Stockleigh House, North Gate, Regent's Park [Lord William Paget; Cassidy]
Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Bellew') from Lady Caroline Bellew
Publication details: 
25 September 1849; Stockleigh House, Regent's Park, London.
£180.00
Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Bellew') from Lady Caroline Bellew

12mo, 1p. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. She is happy that her correspondent is enjoying himself, and looks forward to seeing him the following day, 'to take a friendly dinner'. An initialed pencil note in a contemporary hand at the head of the page reads 'The celebrated Lady who prosecuted Lord Wm Paget - Cassidy - others for getting into her Bed room at night in Paris to endeavour to carry her off & marry her for her large fortune to Cassidy | [signed] ' The incident - a great scandal of the age - was alluded to in 1844 in the Annual Register and other papers.

Autograph Letter Signed ('E. Herbert') from Lady Elizabeth Herbert to 'My dear Bishop' [probably Samuel Wilberforce, Bishop of Oxford], regarding a vote in the House of Lords, and 'base & ungenerous treatment' of Lord Sydney.

Author: 
Lady Elizabeth Herbert
Lady Elizabeth Herbert
Publication details: 
11 May 1858; on letterhead of 49 Belgrave Square.
£56.00
Lady Elizabeth Herbert

12mo, 2 pp. Fair, on lightly aged and creased paper. Although it is 'unnecessary' , she is writing 'in Sidney's name to implore for your Vote & interest on Friday next as against the Govt. - Independently of the grave question at issue as regards India no friend of Lord Canning's can be indifferent to the base & ungenerous treatment he has received'. Sidney is writing to the Bishop of Salisbury 'in the same sense', and if he cannot come to London for the vote, he will, she hopes, 'send his proxy'. Docketed on reverse 'Authoress'.

Autograph Letter Signed from the editor of the Cornhill Magazine Leonard Huxley to the novelist 'Moray Dalton' [Katherine Mary Dalton Renoir].

Author: 
Leonard Huxley (1860-1933), English author son of the zoologist Thomas Henry Huxley ['Moray Dalton', pseudonym of Katherine Mary Dalton Renoir (1882-1963), novelist]
Leonard Huxley (1860-1933)
Publication details: 
8 August 1917; on letterhead of the Cornhill Magazine, 50A Albemarle Street, London.
£85.00
Leonard Huxley (1860-1933)

4to, 2 pp. Sixteen lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. He congratulates her on her 'success in the Saturday Westminster Essay Competition'. He is grateful to her for 'guessing that I should be interested in this work of yours after having plied my scalpel upon your novel "The Sword of Love".' He regrets that 'for many a long year' he has 'done no general reviewing outside the publisher's office. There the flood of MSS. that poured in furnished effectual occupation.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Scottish novelist Catherine Sinclair to Lady Deas, wife of the judge Sir George Deas.

Author: 
Catherine Sinclair (1800-1864), Scottish novelist [Sarah, Lady Deas [born Sarah Outram], wife of Sir George Deas (1804-1887), Lord Deas, Scottish judge]
Autograph Letter Signed from the Scottish novelist Catherine Sinclair
Publication details: 
'Thursday' [April 1863]; place not stated.
£56.00
Autograph Letter Signed from the Scottish novelist Catherine Sinclair

12mo, 1 p. Mourning border. Twelve lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, with small scrap torn away from top right-hand corner. By that evening's post, they have received 'the sad intelligence that my sister in law, Lady Camilla Sinclair has died at Thurso Castle'. Her brother Sir George Sinclair and his family 'are in great grief', and she is 'under the melancholy necessity of sending an apology' for cancelling 'our engagement to you which we had anticipated with so much pleasure'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Evangeline Florence to an unnamed male impressario.

Author: 
Evangeline Florence (1873-1928), American-born British soprano, remembered for her work at the Crystal Palace, London Ballad Concerts, and Royal Choral Society
Autograph Letter Signed from Evangeline Florence
Publication details: 
21 August 1898; on letterhead of 59 Wynnstay Gardens, Kensington, altered in autograph to 'Rottingdean'.
£56.00
Autograph Letter Signed from Evangeline Florence

12mo, 1 p. Six lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper. She will 'keep January free' for him, and they can 'arrange the details of programme later'. She agrees that 'a wholly-Brahms programme might be rather heavy'. See Florence's obituary, The Times, 7 November 1928.

[Printed Prospectus] The Diary and Letters of Madame d'Arblay ... Edited by her Niece.

Author: 
[Fanny Burney; Madame D'Arblay]
Publication details: 
Henry Colburn, [London, 1842]
£23.00

Four pages, 8vo, stabholes, edges grubby, mainly good. It advertises the contents of the first three volumes, Royal and Noble personages who appear, literary characters,followed by "Opinions of the Press" forming the main bulk of the Prospectus.

[Bound mimeographed book, with full-page photographs, inscribed by the author.] 'Ivy Gladys Tennyson by C. T. [her husband Sir Charles Tennyson]'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Tennyson [Sir Charles Bruce Locker Tennyson] (1879-1977), grandson of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson [Dame Ivy Gladys Tennyson (1880-1958), nee Pretious]
Ivy Gladys Tennyson by C. T.
Publication details: 
Privately printed. Undated. [Inscription dated December 1960.]
£250.00
Ivy Gladys Tennyson by C. T.

4to, [i] + 74 pp. Title-page and 74 numbered pages. Each page on the recto of a leaf, with the verso blank. With two full-page photographs (full-length portrait of Ivy in her wedding gown, July 1909; and picture of the couple 'From a portrait by Anthony Devas October 1950') laid down on blank leaves. Tied with green ribbon. Clear and complete. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; binding creased and repaired with tape. Inscribed by Sir Charles Tennyson on inside of front cover 'Jill from | with much love | Dec. 1960'.

[Bound mimeographed book, with full-page photographs, inscribed by the author.] 'Ivy Gladys Tennyson by C. T. [her husband Sir Charles Tennyson]'.

Author: 
Sir Charles Tennyson [Sir Charles Bruce Locker Tennyson] (1879-1977), grandson of the poet Alfred Lord Tennyson [Dame Ivy Gladys Tennyson (1880-1958), nee Pretious]
Ivy Gladys Tennyson by C. T.
Publication details: 
Privately printed. Undated. [Inscription dated December 1960.]
£250.00
Ivy Gladys Tennyson by C. T.

4to, [i] + 74 pp. Title-page and 74 numbered pages. Each page on the recto of a leaf, with the verso blank. With two full-page photographs (full-length portrait of Ivy in her wedding gown, July 1909; and picture of the couple 'From a portrait by Anthony Devas October 1950') laid down on blank leaves. Tied with green ribbon. Clear and complete. Internally in good condition, on lightly-aged paper; binding worn and creased. Inscribed 'Jill from [Mom?] With much love  Dec. 1960'. Description, for his grandchildren, of his wife's 'remarkable personality and achievement'.

A small archive of printed ephemera and manuscript material expressing Jon R. Forest's (of Winooski, Vt) views on the Civil War and radical views on the U.S. monetary system, 'equal suffrage'. agrarian reform, etc.

Author: 
[Jon R. Forest aka J.R. Forest, John R. Forrest [né Redhead], radical]
Publication details: 
Winooski Falls, Vermont, 1847-1849.
£700.00

The collection comprises: A. 6 Autograph Letters, one signed John R. Forrest , 3 ending Farewell and 2 possibly incomplete or simply unsigned, to John Abraham of Liverpool, England, addressed as cousin, druggist, 1847-1879, various formats, total 27 (twenty-seven) pages, some lines faint, good condition. Subjects: (1847) introductory; personal and family information; Montreal connection; Vermont industries; railway about to be connected; I am a real Yankee by this time; jobs he's done inc. agent for the Liberty Gazette; currently doing a variety of jobs inc.

[Illustrated Pamphlet] Women's Work for the Royal Air Forces

Author: 
[[Women's Royal Air Force]
Women's Work for the Royal Air Forces
Publication details: 
[May 1918]
£180.00
Women's Work for the Royal Air Forces

Pamphlet, [16]pp., 12mo, very good condition, illustrated front cover, illustrated with photographs throughout revealing their various duties (on the ground of course). No copy recorded. The RAF was formally established on 1 April 1918, a month before the publication of this pamphlet.

Autograph Letter Signed "Marguerite Blessington", Irish Society hostess and author, to [LEGOUVÉ, Ernest Wilfrid (1807-1903] about his book, "Histoire Morale des Femmes", just published.

Author: 
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington, (1789–1849), Irish Society Hostess, Author (DNB)
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington,
Publication details: 
Gore House, [Kensington, London], 15 Feb. 1849 (four months before her death)
£350.00
Marguerite, Countess of Blessington,

Two pages, 4to, fold marks, some marking, good condition, text clear and complete, as follows: "Permit me to thank you for one of the most acceptable gifts I have ever received, the 'Histoire Morale des Femmes", and for the aimable [underlined] note that accompanied it. Let me thank you also in the name of my Sex for the great service you have rendered us by the admirable Exposé [underlined] of our wrongs, and generous advocacy of our Virtues.

A Book of Counsels for Girls. Published under the direction of the Tract Committee.

Author: 
Mary Bell, Victorian novelist, author of 'By Northern Seas' (1897)
A Book of Counsels for Girls.
Publication details: 
London: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. [1888.]
£125.00
A Book of Counsels for Girls.

12mo, 96 pp, followed by four-page SPCK catalogue (with first page listing works by the Rev. F. Bourdillon). Text clear and complete. In original olive cloth binding, gilt, stained with damp. Damp damage at rear leaving light staining to corners of last few leaves and catalogue, together with heavier damage to rear endpapers. Traces of Library label on front pastedown. Cloth faded, worn and stained. Bell explains in her preface that 'The poor are excellently well provided with all sorts of books of counsel and help.

Autograph Letter Signed ('A H Calvert') from the actress Adelaide Helen Calvert to an unnamed theatre proprietor [E. D. Davies, Lessee, Theatre-Royal, Newcastle?], discussing a forthcoming bill.

Author: 
Adelaide Helen Calvert [nee Biddles] (1837-1921), English actress, wife of the actor-manager Charles Alexander Calvert (1828-1879) [Theatre-Royal, Newcastle]
Adelaide Helen Calvert to an unnamed theatre proprietor
Publication details: 
Undated [before 1879]; on part of playbill for 'Benefit of Mr. Chas. Calvert' at the Theatre-Royal, Newcastle. [M. Benson, Printer, Side, Newcastle.]
£75.00
Adelaide Helen Calvert to an unnamed theatre proprietor

12mo, 3 pp. On bifolium, with the printed playbill for the 'Benefit of Mr. Chas. Calvert' at the Theatre-Royal, Newcastle, on the recto of the first page (including a performance of Much Ado About Nothing, with Calvert as Benedick and Miss Fanny Alexander as Beatrice. The letter is 42 lines long. She feels that, 'with but one rehearsal', the 'Merchante's Storye will scarcely go', and suggests performing 'Nine Points, The Household Fairy, and Head of the Family' instead, considering it 'a good bill' and 'lighter works for all the company'.

Autograph Letter Signed and Autograph Note Signed from the Victorian English opera singer Anna Bishop to Mrs Alexander.

Author: 
Anna Bishop [née Anna Rivière] (1810-1884), English opera singer, wife of composer Sir Henry Rowley Bishop, and lover of harpist Robert Nicolas-Charles Bochsa
Anna Bishop [née Anna Rivière] (1810-1884), English opera singer
Publication details: 
Neither letter nor note with date or place.
£65.00
Anna Bishop [née Anna Rivière] (1810-1884), English opera singer

Both items in very good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Letter ('Tuesday Mo[rnin]g'): 12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium. Slight trace of previous mount on blank reverse of second leaf. She wanted to offer her 'a box for the Opera of "L'Elixir" this evening, but as we are not to give it I shall postpone sending to you 'till Thursday when we perform the "Trovatore" hoping you will do me the favour to come out and listen to my first attempt in that Opera'. Mentions 'His Excellency The Admiral' and the news of 'poor Mrs. Clay's child'.

[Printed pamphlet.] The Y.W.C.A. Central Club. First Year's Report. 1932 to 1933.

Author: 
Evelyn W. Moore, General Director, The Y.W.C.A., Central Club, London
he Y.W.C.A. Central Club. First Year's Report. 1932 to 1933.
Publication details: 
['Central Club. 3rd June, 1933.'] Great Russell Street, Tottenham Court Road, London, W.C.1.
£75.00
he Y.W.C.A. Central Club. First Year's Report. 1932 to 1933.

12mo, 24 pp. Stapled. In original printed wraps. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper, in dusty and worn wraps. At head of front wrap: 'Miss Scott Moncrieff. Executive Cttee'. The report is preceded by a list of officers, and followed by a list of 'Donors and Subscribers (From May 24th, 1924, to May 24th, 1933)'. Photograph of entrance of building on front wrap, and of whole of building on back wrap.

Autograph Inscription on detached album leaf.

Author: 
Luisa Tetrazzini, Italian coloratura soprano.
Luisa Tetrazzini,  Italian coloratura soprano.
Publication details: 
Stoke on Trent, 9 Dec. 1921.
£85.00
Luisa Tetrazzini,  Italian coloratura soprano.

Page of album, 17 x 14, good condition, signed as follows: Souvenir from | Luisa Tetrazzini | Stoke on Trent 9th Dec. 1921 [underlined]. On the same page, the signature Ivor Newton [pianist] who accompanied her.

Bold signature and image on detached album leaf.

Author: 
Florence Austral, Australian opera soprano.
Florence Austral, Australian opera soprano.
Publication details: 
No date but another example of her signature from the same album was on same page as Elgar's, dated 1922 (Stoke) .
£56.00
Florence Austral, Australian opera soprano.

Deatached page from album, 17 x 14cm , good condition, yours sincerely | Florence Austral [underlined], with image of head and shoulders cut from magazine and laid down.

Autograph Letter Signed from the Victorian author Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne ('Gertrude M Ireland Blackburne'), to 'Mr. Parker', concerning autographs, including those of Charlotte Yonge and James Payne.

Author: 
Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne (b.1861), author, daughter of John Ireland Blackburne (1817-1893), M.P. for South-West Lancashire, 1875-1885 [James Payne; Charlotte Yonge; Richard Monckton Milnes]
Letter Signed from the Victorian author Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne
Publication details: 
15 September 1886; on letterhead of Roodee Lodge, Chester, Lancashire.
£85.00
Letter Signed from the Victorian author Gertrude Mary Ireland Blackburne

12mo, 4 pp. Bifolium. 32 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on aged paper. In answer to a request for autographs, she has 'some duplicates somewhere, but tonight I send you only three cards', as she has 'no letters of Miss Yonge that I should like to part with'. She names the authors of the 'three signed postcards' (not present) as: James Payne ('Editor of Cornhill, author of many novels'), Charlotte Yonge and Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton.

Long unpublished autograph poem signed by Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce in 1873, beginning 'A jennet stumbled on a grassy knoll'.

Author: 
Mrs Acton Tindal [Henrietta Euphemia Harrison] (c.1817-1879), English poet [Bishop Samuel Wilberforce (1805-1873)]
Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce
Publication details: 
Signed at end 'Mrs. Acton Tindal - Manor House - Aylesbury'.
£165.00
Mrs Acton Tindal on the death of Bishop Samuel Wilberforce

Folio, 9 pp. Unpublished. Written in landscape, with the title ('Samuel Wilberforce - DD | Bishop of Winchester | July 19th. 1873') on the first leaf and the poem on the following eight. The leaves held together with pink string. On paper watermarked 'EDWIN PARR | DULCOTE MILLS | 1861'. Text clear and complete. The commencement sets the tone of the poem, fully worthy of its subject 'Soapy Sam': 'A jennet stumbled on a grassy knoll - | And without sound or sign | Passed from Time's foremost rank a peerless Soul - | A Chief by right divine.

Typed Letter Signed "F.S. van B. Stafford", to Dr. Eric Dingwall, "Assistant Honorary Keeper of the Printed Books, British Museum, London", about the corrupt practices of merchants in the colony. With related typescript.

Author: 
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]
Publication details: 
Trent House, Main Street, Georgetown, B[ritish] G[uiana], 10 June 1947.
£225.00
(Mrs) F.S. van B. Stafford [British Guiana; Guyana]

One page, folio, fold marks, good condition. She has approached Dingwall as someone who could help make conditions in British Guiana better known in England. She refers to the enclosure of "Resolutions" from public meetings, identifying herself as the wife of a King's Counsel "who has acted as a judge on the Supreme Court Bench of this Colony." They need help to take on the merchants who are standing in the way of improving the standard of living. "The extreme poverty of the working classes of this Colony makes it imperative that steps be taken to bring down the cost of living . .

[Pamphlet] The History of a Poor Black Widow; shewing How she grieved for the death of her Child, and the consequences of her doing so.

Author: 
[Legh Richmond]
The History of a Poor Black Widow;
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Augustus Applegath and Edward Cowper, Duke-street, Stamford-street; Sold by F. Collins, 56, Paternoster-row; and Evans and Sons, 42, Long-lane, Smithfield [London], no date [c.1830??]
£125.00
The History of a Poor Black Widow;

BLACK LITERATURE SLAVE AFRICAN

[Pamphlet] Facts and Opinions in Favour of legalising Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister

Author: 
Anon.
Opinions in Favour of legalising Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister
Publication details: 
Printed for The Marriage-Law Reform Association, 26 Parliament Street, [London], no date [1851?]
£125.00
Opinions in Favour of legalising Marriage with a Deceased Wife's Sister

RIGHTS OF WOMEN MARRIAGE LAW DECEASED WIFE'S SISTER

[Pamphlet] The Gospel in Paris. Miss de Broen's Mission to the Communists at Belleville.

Author: 
Anon.
Miss de Broen's Mission to the Communists at Belleville.
Publication details: 
Warrington: Printed at the Guardian Office [1871?].
£125.00
Miss de Broen's Mission to the Communists at Belleville.

PROVINCIAL PRINTING COMMUNE FRANCO-PRUSSIAN WAR COMMUNIST

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.

[Printed Address] To the Electors of the Borough of Stoke-upon-Trent

Author: 
[Mary Brougham, Printer, Burslem, Stoke-upon-Trent] John Wood
Mary Brougham, Printer, Burslem,
Publication details: 
[Burslem, 1835]
£95.00
Mary Brougham, Printer, Burslem,

Broadsheet, c.24 x 40cm, fold marks, light foxing, mainly good condition. He sets out his principles in the usual high-flown manner, not identifying with any party.

[Vellum indenture.] Grant of the Custody of the person and management of the real and personal Estate of Maria Anna Zachary Spinster a Lunatic unto Charles Claridge Gentleman'.

Author: 
[Maria Anna Zachary; Shepherd]
Grant of the Custody of the person and management of a Lunatic
Publication details: 
27 September 1838.
£250.00
Grant of the Custody of the person and management of a Lunatic

Striking vellum document, 60 x 75 cm. Docketed on reverse. 32 lines of text, ruled with red lines, with ornate engraved decorative border along three sides, headed in large letters 'Victoria by the Grace of God', and depicting the young Queen, the royal crest, a crown held by a cherub, blind justice, and other images. Tax stamp in margin and frayed ribbon at foot. On 9 September [V Geo.

Typed Letter Signed to Mr Bright

Author: 
Ethel Mannin, novelist and feminist
Publication details: 
No place, 9 Oct. 1946
£75.00

One page, 12mo (ish), poor condition, some reinforcement of edges, text by an eccentric typewriter faint but readable, minor corrections by Mannin's pen. I didn't know VENETIAN BLINDS was out of print. I will ask Jarrolds about this. Most of my books were blitzed in 1940 and the typed [Typescripts?] competely destrpoyed. I am getting them reprinted gradually, but had evidently overlooked V.B. | I too think RED ROSE is a good picture of poor old Emma - in fact I know[underlined] it is. But in my own view my last novel THE DARK FOREST is my best book, and I don't think I shall do better.

Autograph Letter Signed from the bluestocking sculptor and author Anne Seymour Damer to an unnamed male correspondent, concerning a 'favourite old Clock;'.

Author: 
Anne Seymour Damer (1749-1828), sculptor and author, member of the 'Bluestocking Circle' [horology; clocks]
 ALS from the bluestocking sculptor and author Anne Seymour Damer
Publication details: 
1 April 1824; Upper Brook Street.
£350.00
 ALS from the bluestocking sculptor and author Anne Seymour Damer

12mo, 3 pp. Bifolium. 28 lines. Text clear and complete. Good, on lightly-aged paper, with a trace of the mount adhering to the reverse of the second leaf, which is docketed by the recipient. The letter concerns her 'favourite old Clock', about which she expresses anxiety: 'the Man you now send to wind up the Clock is, I dare say, very clever in his Business, but as he almost constantly leaves it with somethig not right in Motion, striking &c I must therefore think that he is not accustomed to direct all the movements of such a Clock'.

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'.

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