Books And Ephemera For Sale: Catalogue 190

Woman and her Sphere

Catalogue 190


Elizabeth Crawford


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Index to Catalogue

Suffrage Non-fiction: Items 1-15

Suffrage Biography: Items 16-22

Suffrage Fiction: Items 23-32

Suffrage Ephemera: Items 33-135

Suffrage Ephemera (Kate Parry Frye Collection); Items 136-146

Suffrage Postcards: Real Photographic: Items 147-191

Suffrage Postcards: Suffrage Artist: Items 192-204

Suffrage Postcards: Commercial Comic: Items 205-232

General Non-fiction: Items 233-366

General Biography: Items 367-407

General Ephemera: Items 408-488

General Postcards: Items 489-492

General Fiction: Items 493-501

Women and the First World War: Items 502-515


Suffrage Non-fiction


  1. ANTHONY Jr, Charles The Social and Political Dependence of Women Longmans, Green, and Co 1880 (6th ed) [12058] This was one of the earliest books published in support of J.S. Mill’s proposed amendment to the 1867 Reform Bill – to give qualified women the vote. Interestingly he begins his tract with an analysis of the way in which ridicule was used to dismiss the idea of the enfranchised woman. Charles Anthony was the editor of the ‘Hereford Times’. Helen Blackburn lists the book in her Bibliography for ‘The Record of Women’s Suffrage’ . Very good internally in original decorated cloth, slight rubbing to head and tail of spine – unusual £65


  1. CAMPBELL, Olwen W. The Feminine Point of View Williams & Norgate 1952 [4231] The report of a Conference which began in the winter of 1947 and included among its members Teresa Billington-Greig and Margery Corbett Ashby. Olwen Campbell was the daughter of Mary Ward, who had been the leading light of the Cambridge Association for Women’s Suffrage. Very good in d/w £18


  1. CRAWFORD, Elizabeth (ed) Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary Francis Boutle 2013 [14148] Kate Frye was an organiser for the New Constitutional Society for Women’s Suffrage. Her diary tells us what it was like to stage a day-to-day campaign – from 1910-1914 – and then to see the campaign bearing fruit in after years. Paper covers – mint £15


  1. GIBSON, Sir John The Emancipation of Women Gwasg Gomer 1992 [10973] First published in 1891. Gibson was editor of the ‘Cambrian News’ between 1875-1915 and a strong supporter of women’s suffrage in Wales. Soft covers – mint £12


  1. KENT, Susan Sex and Suffrage in Britain, 1860-1914 Princeton University Press 1987 [1361] Fine in d/w (which has one slight nick) £20


  1. MARTIN, Anna Mother and Social Reform NUWSS 1913 [11478] Two articles reprinted from the ‘Nineteenth Century and After’ issues of May and June 1913 as a booklet. Anna Martin, deeply concerned about the level of infant mortality and general ill-health of poor women and children, argues for easier separation in cases where the husband and father is neglectful or worse, the right of women to a ‘maintenance’ that is in some way defined. With a membership form for the NUWSS tipped in at the front, and a subscription form to ‘The Common Cause’ at the back. Paper covers (with a few nicks at edges) – very good condition -64pp £45


  1. MILL, John Stuart Mill The Subjection of Women Longmans, Green, new edition 1906 [14193] With an introduction by Stanton Coit, whom Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy did not admire, but to whom she lent extensive notes, the use of which he acknowledges here. This edition was a v. popular item for selling from ‘literature’ tables at suffrage meetings.  Paper covers – very good                                                      £12


  1. MILL, John Stuart The Subjection of Women Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer 1869 (2nd ed) [13460] In original mustard embossed cloth – top inch or so of spine split and frayed. With faded shelf-mark sticker on spine and label on front paste-down of the Burnley Mechanics’ Institute. Front inside hinge a little stretched. Otherwise good internally. I’m pleased to think that the members of the Mechanics’ Institute took such an obvious interest in the subject. £85



  1. MORGAN, David Suffragists and Liberals: the politics of woman suffrage in Britain Basil Blackwell 1975 [12133] Fine in d/w £15


  1. ROBINS, Elizabeth Way Stations Hodder & Stoughton 1913 [14082] A collection of her speeches, lectures and articles on women’s suffrage – some of which had previously appeared in print and some of which had not. Includes a speech given at the Albert Hall on 15 June 1912. Very good internally – cloth cover a little marked. On the front pastedown carries a little sticker showing that it was sold by the International Suffrage Shop and a label indicating that it had been available for lending (perhaps in one of the local suffrage societies shops/offices?) – scarce £85


  1. ROVER, Constance Love, Morals and the Feminists Routledge 1970 [4552] Good in d/w – though ex-library                                                                                                                                                  £18


  1. RUBINSTEIN, David Before the Suffragettes: women’s emancipation in the 1890s Harvester 1986 [13158] Soft covers – very good £15


  1. STOPES, Charlotte Carmichael British Freewomen: their historical privilege Swan Sonnenschein, 3rd ed 1907 [13137] An important volume in the historiography of the women’s suffrage movement. Mrs Stopes made use of material collected by Helen Blackburn. Good. £65


  1. STRACHEY, Ray The Cause: a short history of the women’s movement in Great Britain G. Bell 1928 [12059] This copy belonged to Lord McGregor – author of ‘Divorce in England’ , a book that includes a very useful bibliography of works on women’s rights. He has laid in the book a collection of newspaper cuttings, from the 1950s to 1970s, relating to the position of women. The copy of the book is in good condition – but he had bought it as an ex-library copy and has added a few pencilled notes on the back pastedown. An interesting association copy.


  1. VILLIERS, Brougham (ed) The Case for Women’s Suffrage Fisher Unwin 1907 [14150] A collection of essays by: Mabel Atkinson, Florence Balgarnie, Eva Gore-Booth, Robert Cholmeley, Charlotte Despard, Millicent Fawcett, Keir Hardie, Nellie Martel, Margaret McMillan, Rosalind Nash, Edith Palliser, Christabel Pankhurst, Emmeline Pankhurst, Constance Smedley, Brougham Villiers and Israel Zangwill. With an advertisement for the NUWSS on the inside back cover. A very important text – goodish interrnally – front hinge internally slightly loose -cloth cover bears traces of tape that once held a library marking. The front pastedown carries a bookplate ‘In Memoriam Sir William Harcourt 1827-1904’. Ironically, Sir William’s son, Vernon Harcourt, was a member of the post-1906 Liberal cabinet that did so much to hamper the cause of women’s suffrage. Scarce £65


Suffrage Biography


  1. (FAWCETT) David Rubinstein A Different World for Women: the life of Millicent Garrett Fawcett Ohio State University Press 1991 [12100] Mint in d/w £15


  1. GORDON, Helen The Prisoner: an experience of forcible feeding [by a Suffragette] Garden City Press 1911 [14080] ‘This sketch of a prisoner is an absolutely true statement of my own imprisonment of one month in October and November, 1909, in Strangeways Prison, Manchester.’ Helen Gordon Liddle (to give her her full name) had been arrested on 20 October, with Emily Wilding Davison, after breaking windows in protest against the exclusion of women from a local meeting, held by the Chancellor of Exchequer. On that same day she had witnessed Davison’s will. This is Helen’s account of her imprisonment, hunger strike and forcible feeding. Very good internally – paper covers (decorated by a prison arrow) very slightly chipped – a little foxing on the prelims – 75pp – extremely scarce £240


  1. (KENNEY) Annie Kenney Memories of a Militant Edward Arnold 1924 [14075] Annie Kenney’s autobiography. Published in the WSPU colours – purple cloth, with white and green stripes. Good reading copy- a couple of pages loose and some d-i-y mending to gutter edges of a couple of pages -slightly sunned – corners rubbed. A very scarce book £200 SOLD


  1. (LYTTON) Lady Betty Balfour (ed) Letters of Constance Lytton William Heinemann 1925 [10628] Very good – in purple cloth, with design by Syvlia Pankhurst on front cover £68


  1. (LYTTON) Lady Betty Balfour (ed) Letters of Constance Lytton William Heinemann 1925 [14085] Inlaid are cuttings about Lady Constance and an intriguing photograph of a portrait of her in which she is wearing both her hunger-strike medal and a ‘Holloway’ brooch. It’s not an image that I’ve seen before.  Purple cloth cover, with design by Sylvia Pankhurst in purple, white and green (to match the cover of ‘Prisons and Prisoners’), is a little knocked and rubbed – internally good                                                                                  £80


  1. LYTTON, Lady Constance Prisons and Prisoners William Heinemann 1914 (2nd imp) [14114] Her prison experiences, both as herself, and, more horribly, in disguise as Jane Warton. With the ownership inscription of Eva Christy, 27 Circus Road Mansions, London NW8 – who in 1911 was 41 years old and a riding instructor. She must have acquired this copy some time after publication because she did not move to the Circus Road Mansions address until 1929, Perhaps she bought it second-hand…Very good internally – cloth cover somewhat rubbed £30


  1. (DAVISON) Ann Morley And Liz Stanley The Life and Death of Emily Wilding Davison: with Gertrude Colmore’s ‘The Life of Emily Davison’ Women’s Press 1988 [14055] A study of the life of Emily Wilding Davison, together with a reprint of Gertrude Colemore’s ‘The Life of Emily Wilding Davison’. Soft covers – very good £9


Suffrage Fiction


  1. ARMOUR, Margaret Agnes of Edinburgh Andrew Melrose 1911 [3719] A novel of its time – the suffrage movement although not central to the plot – flows along behind, occasionally breaking the surface in a discussion of women’s rights and attitudes to the campaign. Interesting – very scarce – I’ve only seen it previously in the Briitish Library. Very good in rubbed paper wrapper – with a little card inlaid – showing that it had been presented to Nesta Prichard, of Form Vb, as a prize for mathematics. £40 SOLD


  1. HINE, Muriel The Man With the Double Heart John Lane 1914 [13336] The heroine’s mother is a Militant Suffragette; she is not. Good £18


  1. JOHNSTON, Sir Harry Mrs Warren’s daughter: a story of the women’s movement Chatto & Windus 1920 [1342] A suffrage novel. Very good – presentation copy from the author’s wife                    £35


  1. LEFROY, Ella Napier The Man’s Cause John Lane 1899 [13707] The author was Isabella Napier Lefroy (née Hastie) (1854-1919) – who also wrote under the pseudonym ‘E.N. Leigh Fry’. The novel contains much discussion of the Woman Question – and is among those I list under ‘Novels’ with suffrage content in my ‘Reference Guide’. Good and tight – just a little rubbed on edges- rather scarce £45


  1. LUCAS, E.V. Mr Ingleside Methuen, 15th ed, no date 1910/1912?) [14132] A novel with suffrage scenes. Only a reading copy – cloth worn – backstrip loose                                                                               £4


  1. MASEFIELD, John The Street of To-day J.M. Dent 2nd ed, 1911 [13708] Another from my ‘Reference Guide’ list of novels with pro-suffrage sentiment. ‘It seems to me that all the evils in modern life spring direcctly from the absence of women in government’, says one character. Masefield was a friend of Elizabeth Robins and a strong suffrage supporter. Very good £40


  1. MASSIE, Chris Esther Vanner Sampson Low, Marston & Co no date (1937) [1436] The heroine is a suffragette. Very good in d/w                                                                                                            £35


  1. PAGE, Gertrude The Winding Paths Hurst & Blackett c 1911 [8th ed] [12888] A novel with a suffrage theme. ‘The men call them “new Women” with derision, or mannish, or unsexed; but those who have been among them, and known them as friends, know that they hold in their ranks some of th most generous-hearted, unselfish, big-souled women who exist in England to-day…One such as the best of these was Ethel Hayward..’ Good £20


  1. SHAW, Bernard Press Cuttings: a topical sketch compiled from the editorial and correspondence columns of the Daily Papers Constable & Co no date (1909) [13000] as performed by the Civic and Dramatic Guild at the Royal Court Theatre, London, on the 9th July 1909. A suffragette play. In grey card covers a little chipped at edge £35


  1. SPENDER, Dale And HAYMAN, Carole (eds) How the Vote Was Won and other suffragette plays Methuen 1985 [14113] Besides the Cicely Hamilton play of the title, also includes, among the seven included in this edition, ‘Votes for Women’ by Elizabeth Robins. With notes for performance by Carole Hayman. Soft covers – very scarce £30


Suffrage Ephemera


  1. 14 REASONS FOR SUPPORTING WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE [14035] double-sided leaflet published by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. No 1: ‘Because it is the foundation of all political liberty that those who obey the Law should be able to have a voice in choosing those who make the Law.’ No 14: ‘Because – to sum all the reasons up in one – it is for the common good of all.’ Good – unusual £40 SOLD


  1. ADELINE BOURNE [14197] Letter on the notepaper of the ‘Women’s Adjustment Board’, dated 9 November 1953,  letting the addresse know that she will ‘forward any letter of your to Miss Lily Elsie – with pleasure’. Typed with handwritten signature and additions. Adeline Bourne had been a founding member of the Actresses’ Franchise League and was now the Hon Sec of the Women’s Adjustment Board. Good £10


  1. ADVERTISEMENT FOR ‘WOMEN’S GREAT PATRIOTIC MEETING’ [14044] ‘Mrs Pankhurst will speak at a Public Meeting to be held at The Palladium, Argyll Street on Thursday, June 3rd at 2.30pm.’ The year was 1915 – and the meeting was doubtless a precursor to the ‘Right to Work’ march to be held on 17 July. Tickets could be obtained from the WSPU office at Lincoln’s Inn House in Kingsway. The advertisement appears in a programme for a play at the Lyric Theatre – ‘On Trial’ by George Grossmith and Edward Laurillard. Very good                                                                                                                                           £45


  1. ARE WOMEN CITIZENS? [14034] Double-sided leaflet published by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. The answer to the question ‘The law says Yes! when they are required to pay the taxes. The law says No! when they ask to vote.’ etc. Included in the leaflet was in invitation to join the NUWSS. As the society declared ‘Its weapon is public opinion.’ Good – a little ageing around the edges – with one v small split along a crease. Scarce                                                                                                               £30 SOLD


  1. AUTOGRAPH LETTER FROM H.G. WELLS [14174] to Sime Seruya, with National Liberal Club envelope, postmarked Feb 20 ’09 (although, oddly, the envelope appears to have been reused as it also carries a previous postmark- scored through in ink – for 22 June 1907. Was H.G parsimonious with his envelopes?). Sime Seruya was a member, at this time, of the Women’s Freedom League and of the Actresses’ Franchise League. Coincidentally, she appeared at Bow Street Magistrates’ Court on 19 February 1909, the day before this letter was posted, arrested while taking part in a demonstration in Downing Street. The letter is addressed to Sime Seruya at her home, 13 Pembridge Crescent, London W.  The notepaper’s heading is ’17, Church Row, Hampstead’ and in the letter Wells is blunt and to the point – clearly in response for a request for some contribution to the Suffrage cause. ‘I don’t ever do anything for Suffragettes. If I ever break my rule I would for you. But I and a friend I care for have had many [?] gross & peculiar insults from your side – & there you are! Very sincerely yours H.G. Wells’ (a signature with flourishes).
    H.G. Wells’ novel, ‘Anna Veronica’ was published in October 1909, so he was well steeped in his satire at the time he wrote this letter.When ‘Ann Veronica’ was published ‘Votes for Women’ listed it in ‘Books Received’, but it was, perhaps unsurprisingly, never reviewed. It is interesting to speculate who the ‘friend I care for’ might be. Could she have been Amber Reeves, who very soon after this letter was written, was expecting Wells’ child?  An excellent letter – in very good condition – folded, of course, to fit into envelope  £400


  1. BODICHON, Mrs Reasons for the Enfranchisement of Women London National Society for Women’s Suffrage, no date late 1860s? [9519] Printed by Head, Hole & Co, Farringdon Street and Ivy Lane, E.C. Scarce and important pamphlet -8pp – good                                                                              £250 DELETED


  1. CAHILL, Richard Staunton A Lecture on Woman’s Rights, Cockermouth, 1888 [13698] The painting depicts a woman in neat, plain attire standing on a platform addressing an (unseen) audience. Behind her is a poster that reads ‘A Lecture on Woman’s Rights Will be Delivered [?] in the Lecture Hall of the Young Men’s Christian Association Cockermouth on Wednesday Mrs Smith.’
    The painting is signed by the artist Richard Staunton Cahill and is dated 1888.
    I can certainly place the artist, Irish-born though he was, very close to Cockermouth in the late 1870s/early 1880s.
    The artist: -Richard Staunton Cahill – born c 1827 in Co Clare. Son of Charles Staunton Cahill who, in 1828/9, was a leading supporter of Catholic Emancipation and of Daniel O’Connell (the Liberator)
    In 1850 Richard Cahill entered the Royal Hibernian Academy. He lived in Dublin but by 1863 had moved to London and then by 1875 was living in Nottingham and teaching at the Government School of Art there. He still had a Nottingham address in 1877 but by 1879 when he submitted works to the Royal Hibernian Academy of Arts his address was given as ‘Keswick’.
    In the 1881 census he was living, with his sister, Agnes, in a boarding house in High Street, Crosthwaite. He gave his occupation as ‘artist’, ‘master School of Art’ – so it is possible that he was still employed in Nottingham and spent holidays in Cumberland.
    In 1882 when he submitted works to the Irish Exhibition of Arts and Manufactures in Dublin his address was again given as ‘Keswick’.
    On 24 March 1883 ‘The Graphic’ printed a poem Cahill had written protesting against the threat to ‘Lakeland’ posed by the new railway and roads. He must have been closely associated with Canon Rawnsley (who was about to move into Crosthwaite Vicarage) and the Lake District Defence Society. With his nephew (I think) C.S. Cahill, Richard Cahill wrote several songs – ‘Songs of the Lake’ – including ‘Beautiful Keswick’ and ‘Charming Windermere’.
    As to the subject of the painting: – I know of a couple of women’s suffrage lectures given in Cockermouth in the early years of the suffrage campaign. On 1872 Friday 24 May 1872 a travelling speaker, Jessie Craigen, gave a lecture on ‘Women’s Rights at the Court House, Cockermouth – but I know from written descriptions that Jessie Craigen was large and blowsy – the antithesis of the neat figure in this painting.
    Lydia Becker, the leader of the women’s suffrage meeting in Manchester, held meeting in Cockermouth on Tuesday 17 January 1882 – but, again, her features are very distinctive and these are not they. For full details of the 19th century women’s suffrage campaign in Cumberland see my Women’s Suffrage Movement: a regional survey p 24.
    I suspect that the woman lecturer is in fact Miss Mary Smith of Finkle Street in Carlisle, whose ‘Autobiography of Mary Smith: schoolmistress and non-conformist’ was published in 1892.  For many years Mary Smith ran a girls’ school from her home and was renowned for giving Penny Readings.
    In 1868 she initiated a correspondence with Lydia Becker, who addressed her in a letter of 20 May 1868, as ‘Mrs Smith’.
    On 2 April 1869, with Mary Smith’s encouragement, Miss Becker gave a ‘woman’s rights’ lecture in Carlisle, which was followed by the founding of the Carlisle branch of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage, with Mary Smith as its honorary secretary. The Carlisle branch was still in existence until at least 1872 but then fades from view.
    In her autobiography Mary Smith is at pains to describe how she bought ‘plain and comfortable clothing’, writing ‘Nor was I ever ashamed of being plainly dressed’. One who knew her commented that ‘not unfrequently her dress was decidedly antiquated and old fashioned.’ The figure in the painting cuts a very neat figure, attired certainly in plain and comfortable clothing. Mary Smith’s Autobiography does not include any representation of her, alas, but I feel as certain as one can be – with no absolute proof – that it is she who is delivering the ‘Woman’s Rights’ lecture from that platform. I have, as yet, been unable to find a newspaper report of the lecture.
    Mary Smith died in 1891 and had been ill for a few years before – so I rather think that the lecture had taken place considerably earlier than the date given on the painting. By 1888 (by which time Cahill can be found at a London address) ‘Woman’s Rights’ was no longer really the term that would be used. The suffrage campaign had been making some headway and by 1888 the term ‘women’s suffrage’ would have been more likely to have been used than ‘woman’s rights’, which was more of a 1870s usage.
    The painting – oil on canvas – is in very good condition.£3,300


  1. CHRISTABEL PANKHURST – SUFFRAGE FOR WOMEN SPEECH [13942] This is a 78-rpm record issued  by Symposium Records in the  early1980s – before the advent of the CD. It was a direct pressing, from the original master recorded by EMI Records Ltd ,of the speech specially recorded by Christabel in London on 18 December 1908. As such it is of historical interest in its own right. In mint (unplayed) condition                                                                                                                                                              £30


  1. CICELY HAMILTON [14166] photographed by Marie Leon, 30 Regent Street, London SW, in the guise of ‘Christian Davies’, the role she took in her ‘Pageant of Great Women’. The photograph appears in the ‘Pageant’ published by the Suffrage Shop in 1910. This is the photograph, which is tipped in to a mount, which in turn is mounted on a larger sheet, issued by the photographer, Marie Leon. The reverse of the paper mount is stamped ‘Not for Publication’. The photograph is signed by Cicely Hamilton. The item is in good condition (20cm high x 13 cm wide), although it carries a little light spotting                                                 £100


  1. CICELY HAMILTON [14167] photographed by Lena Connell, 50 Grove End Road, London NW. The close-up photograph is mounted on stiff card, which carries the logo of the Suffrage Shop and the words ‘Published by the Suffrage Shop’. Her name has been scratched on the emulsion, presumbably by the photographer, and Cicely Hamilton has signed the image, which probably dates from late-1909/1910. In fine condition – overall 20 cm high x 13 cm wide.                                                                                   £180


  1. CICELY HAMILTON [14168] signs a photograph taken by Lena Connell, 50 Grove End Road, London NW and published by the Suffrage Shop. There are two figures in the photograph,  representing the two main figures in Hamilton’s ‘The Pageant of Great Women’. One – ‘Justice’ – dressed in what, even in black and white, are surely golden robes, carries a sword in one hand and a set of scales in the other. The other figure is ‘Woman’. The photograph is not one that appears in the published edition of ‘The Pageant of Great Women’. For that, Lena Connell supplied only one photograph – most of the others being taken by Marie Leon. This photograph – and a couple of others that I catalogue in this section – must have been specially staged for photographing in Lena Connell’s studio and were probably taken in late-1909/1910. For ‘Woman’ in this photograph is Cicely Hamilton, who has signed the image. Alas, I cannot recognise who plays ‘Justice’. In fine condition (20cm high x 13 cm wide) – mounted on card – with the embossed logo of the Suffrage Shop. Most unusual £200


  1. CICELY HAMILTON [14169] signs a photograph taken by Lena Connell, 50 Grove End Road, London NW and published by the Suffrage Shop. There are two figures in the photograph,  representing the two main figures in Hamilton’s ‘The Pageant of Great Women’. One – ‘Justice’ – dressed in what, even in black and white, are surely golden robes, carries a sword in one hand and a set of scales in the other. The other figure is ‘Woman’. The photograph is not one that appears in the published edition of ‘The Pageant of Great Women’. For that, Lena Connell supplied only one photograph – most of the others being taken by Marie Leon. This photograph – and a couple of others that I catalogue in this section – must have been specially staged for photographing in Lena Connell’s studio and were probably taken in late-1909/1910. In this photograph ‘Woman’ has her face hidden but, having identified her in item #41, I have no hesitation in stating that, again, she is played by Cicely Hamilton  Alas, I cannot recognise who plays ‘Justice’. In fine condition (20cm high x 13 cm wide) – mounted on card – with the embossed logo of the Suffrage Shop. Most unusual1 Au                                   £200


  1. CICELY HAMILTON [14170] signs a photograph taken by Lena Connell, 50 Grove End Road, London NW and published by the Suffrage Shop.  In this Cicely Hamilton stands alone, representing ‘Woman’ from her ‘The Pageant of Great Women’. The photograph is not one that appears in the published edition of ‘The Pageant of Great Women’.. For that, Lena Connell supplied only one photograph – most of the others being taken by Marie Leon. This photograph – and a couple of others that I catalogue in this section – must have been specially staged for photographing in Lena Connell’s studio, probably in late 1909/1910. In fine condition (20cm high x 13 cm wide) – mounted on card – with the embossed logo of the Suffrage Shop. Most unusual     £200


  1. CICELY HAMILTON PHOTOGRAPHED BY LENA CONNELL [14171] Seven photographs mounted as an ‘accordion’ type portfolio. 1) Cicely Hamilton, in profile, looking towards Edith Craig, who is facing the photographer. They both appear in ‘day’dress; 2) Cicely Hamilton as ‘Woman’ from the ‘Pageant of Great Women’ (same image as #43); 3) Cicely Hamilton as ‘Woman’ kneeling before ‘Justice’ (same image as stock # 42); 4) Cicely Hamilton as ‘Woman’ standing in front of ‘Justice’ (same image as #41); 5) Cicely Hamilton -close-up  head and shoulders portrait – facing camera; 6) Cicely Hamilton (same image as #40); 7) Cicely Hamilton, photograph taken at same session as the previous two, although this image is taken from further back and shows her to be seated – wearing skirt, open jacket and floppy bow at her neck (same image as a postcard in this catalogue -#151) The photographs, each 9 cm wide x 14cm high, mounted on brown card (23 cm high x 15.5 cm wide),  are not identified as by Lena Connell – but, of course, there is no doubt that she was the photographer. The photographs were taken c late 1909/1910. All in mint condition – an amazing survival £600 SOLD


  1. COLLECTION OF MATERIAL RELATING TO SIME SERUYA [14176] Sime Seruya (1876-1955) was born in Lisbon into a moderately wealthy British Jewish family. During her suffrage years she lived at 13 Pembridge Crescent in Notting Hill.  For details of her family background see , which is an article on my website about her sister, Alice Singer. Sime Seruya was a member of the Women’s Social and Political Union from c 1906, before defecting to the Women’s Freedom League when it broke away in late 1907. She was imprisoned in February 1907, having taken part in the deputation from the first Women’s Parliament, then in 1909 and again sometime in 1910. She was a founding member of the Actresses’ Franchise League and later a member of the Tax Resistance League. She opened the International Suffrage Shop in 1910. She was a Socialist – a supporter of Russian Communism for many years – a pacifist and a vegetarian.The collection includes the ‘Convicted Prisoner’ card with which Sime Seruya was issued on 14 Feb 1907. Her offence was ‘Resist P.C.’ – presumably ‘resisting arrest’. The card shows that she was sentenced to a 20/- fine – or 14 days in the II Division. Of course, she opted for the latter. In all the collections of suffragette prisoners, I’ve never before seen this type of card – one side is printed with the message ‘This side not to be exposed to view’ – so presumbly the entire card was not something that was supposed to fall into the hands of the prisoner. The card is much rubbed.Included is a notecard from Reginald Wright Kauffman, dated 20 Oct 1912, introducing ‘my dear friend Rheta Childe Dorr’. The card is accompanied by an unposted envelope directed to Seruya at the International Shop and was presumably presented in person by Rheta Childe Dorr, the American journalist who ghost-wrote Emmeline Pankhurst’s ‘My Own Story’. Kauffman was an American novelist and socialist.An autograph letter from Francis Darwin (1848-1925), Cambridge scientist,  to the effect that he would not change his mind and preside at ‘your meeting’. This may refer to a suffrage meeting.A share certificate for 100 shares in The Minerva Publishing Co Ltd, purchased by Sime Seruya on 1 October 1909. The company published the Women’s Freedom League paper, ‘The Vote’, the first issue of which appeared on 8 September 1909. One of the signatories for the company was Marie Lawson, the force behind many of the WFL’s enterprises. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a share certificate before.

    4 letters from George Lansbury. 1) Typed on House of Commons notepaper, dated 12 March 1912 – to ‘My dear Comrade’ – discussing the effect of the national coal strike and the need for a ‘Strike Canteen for the provision of food’.2) Autograph letter on House of Commons notepaper, dated 31 October 1912, beginning ‘Are you in the same mind re the D.H.’ He is referring to the socialist paper, ‘The Daily Herald’, the first issue of which as a formal newspaper had appeared in April 1912. Sime Seruya had clearly suggested that she would back the paper with money. Lansbury mentions that they are ‘forming a new Society on Monday which will be a co-op one, one vote each person, man and woman.’ I think this latter society was the Daily Herald League, through which readers and supporters had their say in running the paper.
    3) Autograph letter on County Hall notepaper, dated 15 November 1912, beginning ‘I passed your shop [ie the International Suffrage Shop] today & realised what an ungrateful beast I must appear in your eye, anyhow here is my grateful thanks for your real & magnificent help for the Herald. we are still struggling on & if our League comes into strong being we shall win through.
    Now about your £600 in my heart I feel rather sick at taking it from you as I can’t feel sure you can really afford to give away so much money…’etc. Lansbury continues discussing how she might take back the interest if she needed it in the future. Sime Seruya had inherited money, but £600 in 1912 would be worth nearly £48,000 today.
    4) A share certificate for £300 worth of shares in the National Labour Press Ltd, signed and dated 27 December 1912; 20 ‘5shilling shares’ in the Daily Herald Printing and Publishing Society, dated 1 July 1912; 80 ‘5shilling shares’ in the Daily Herald Printing & Publishing Society, dated 1 August 1912. So, in the event, it’s possible that Sime Seruya supported the ‘Daily Herald’ to the tune of rather less than the suggested £600..

    A letter on notepaper headed 3 Adelphi Terrace, dated 29 January 1913, discussing how to collect and distribute money for striking teachers. It is full of information but unfortunately the writer has signed it only with initials. In it is mentioned ‘Miss Tchaykowsky’ who I’m sure is Dr Barbara Tchaikowsky who worked with Sylvia Pankhurst in the East End..

    Included in the collection are signed postcard photographs of James Larkin, Irish trade union leader and socialist, and Keir Hardie – together with a ‘Delegates’ Credential Card’ headed ‘The Russian Revolution’ – a ticket for the National Labour and Socialist Convention held at Albert Hall, Leeds on 3 June 1917. Pinned to this is a red silk ribbon that Seruya clearly wore for the occasion There is a small collection of material relating to Seruya’s son Ivan’s membership of the Young Communist League, the Communist Party (Holborn branch),  and various postcards of Lenin etc.

    Amongst other family items are an autograph letter to Sime Seruya’s grandfather, Major Isaac, from Pembroke S Stephens, a parliamentary reporter, dated 14 February 1885 thanking Isaac for showing him the work then proceeding on Mersey Tunnel, which opened in 1886 and for which Isaac was the contractor. There is also a copy of Sime Seruya’s birth certificate and her copy, written by her, of her will, dated 25 July 1951.

    There are also items relating to Sime Seruya’s life in the late-19th century. A notecard from the sculptor Albert Toft to ‘Miss Isaac’ (ie Sime Seruya’s birth name), dated 3 May ’98. The heading is 11 Trafalgar Studios, Manresa Road, Chelsea, S.W. and he writes that ‘I shall be pleased to give you some instruction in modelling also your friends if you should not expect more than once a week or so, and providing your studio was as near here as you suggest. etc’
    Included in the collection are two autograph letters addressed from artists to ‘Dear Solomon’.  likely to be a fellow-artist, Solomon Joseph Solomon (1860-1927). One is from the Luke Fildes and the other from Linley Sambourne – and both  appear to refer to models. Luke Fildes suggests he might ‘like to work from’ Miss Gilbert. Linley Sambourne asks ‘Surely fresh models crop up sometimes. If you hear of any or can tell me how to fin out, I should be very much obliged.’ Solomon Joseph Solomon studied under the Rev Simeon Singer, who was the father of Sime Seruya’s sister Alice – which, though a rather tenuous connection, may go some way to explain how these letters were in her possession.
    Items generally in good condition – as a collection                                                                           £980


  1. CONFERENCE ON ELECTORAL REFORM Letter from Mr Speaker to the Prime Minister HMSO 1917 [12181] Section VIII reports ‘The Conference decided by a majority that some measure of woman suffrage should be conferred’. They were, however, still debating whether the age at which a woman could vote would be 30 or 35. 8-pp – foolscap £10


  1. CORONATION PROCESSION 17 June 1911 [11274] A stereoscope photograph of ‘The Empire Car’ – part of the ‘Pageant of Empire’ part of the procession staged by the suffrage societies to mark the Coronation of George V. Very good                                                                                                                     £95


  1. DAILY HERALD 27 FEBRUARY 1913 [14063] among many other interesting items of news – Mrs Pankhurst is committed for trial – without being given bail and Lilian Lenton describes how she was forcibly fed. Good – although disbound                                                                                                           £25


  1. DAILY HERALD APRIL 14, 1913 [14064] Contains the news that Mrs Pankhurst has been released from prison and reports barracking of WSPU speakers in Hyde Park and on Wimbledon Common and of the WSPU march from Kingsway to Holloway Prison (in which Kate Frye took part). Very good        £35


  1. DAILY HERALD MARCH 26, 1913 [14065] Includes a long article – ‘How I was Tortured’ – by Sylvia Pankhurst. Very good                                                                                                                         £55


  1. ELMY, Elizabeth Wostenholme Woman’s Franchise: the need of the hour ILP 2nd ed, no date [1907] [12760] A campaigner for women’s suffrage since the mid-1860s, she had put aside a lifetime’s aversion to party politics and joined the Manchester ILP in 1904. This article was originally published in the ‘Westminster Review’. In her concise style she analyses the events of the previous 40 years and demands that Liberal MPs who profess to support women’s suffrage honour their pledges.                                                        £65


  1. [EMILY WILDING DAVISON] THE SUFFRAGETTE FRIDAY 13 JUNE 1913 [14057] ‘Great Newspapers Reprinted’ facsimile, published c 1974 – the Emily Wilding Davison memorial issue. Fine      £20 SOLD



  1. EVA BALFOUR AS ‘SAPPHO’ [14159] photographed by Marie Leon, 30 Regent Street, SW, for Cicely Hamilton’s ‘Pageant of Great Women’, which was published by The Suffrage Shop in 1910. The prelims of ‘The Pageant’ tells us that ‘This publication is the first issued by The Suffrage Shop, whose promoters intend shortly to open premises in central London for the publication and sale of literature dealing with the Woman’s Movement.’ Eva Balfour, representing Sappho in the ‘Pageant’, is photographed dressed in a flowing robe and carrying a lyre. She has signed the photograph ‘Yours sincerely Eva Balfour’. Eva Balfour was a member of the Actresses’ Franchise League. A very popular actress, she went on to star in films, including ‘The Woman Who Did’, based on Grant Allen’s novel. This photograph, which is tipped in to a mount, which in turn is mounted on a larger sheet, bears the stamp of the Marie Leon studio; the reverse is stamped ‘Not for Publication’. Eva Balfour has signed the photograph in a flourish of green ink. Very good condition (overall 20 cm high x 13 cm wide) – very scarce                                                                                                                £140 SOLD


  1. GEORGE BERNARD SHAW TO SIME SERUYA = TWO AUTOGRAPH NOTECARDS  [14175] One, dated, 2 August 1907, was sent to her at 13 Pembridge Crescent, London W on a card with the printed heading – ‘Hafod Bryn, Llanbedr, Merionethsire R.S.O. (until 30th September). The message reads: ‘All right: I have booked the 17th October for the lecture. The course of lectures ought to be organized to some extent instead of leaving the subjects haphazard. At all events I shall not settle my subject until I hear what others propose to deal with. G. Bernard Shaw’. Shaw did give a lecture on 17 October 1907 – at Cambridge. The subject he settled on was ‘Socialism and the University Man’ – and a young Nehru was among those in the audience. At this time Sime Seruya was secretary of the Kensington branch of the Fabian Society which, of course, gives a connection to Shaw but doesn’t exactly explain how she came to organise a Cambridge lecture.
    The second notecard is addressed to Sime Seruya at the International Suffrage Shop, Adam St, Adelphi, W.C. The card is headed 10 Adelphi Terrace, W.C. and is dated 26th Jan 1912. The message reads ‘Mr Winston Churchill is anxious, he says, to see The Man of Destiny. As it may be useful to have a Cabinet Minister at the performance, I recommend his case to your consideration.
    I could not tell him anything about it, as I am quite in the dark as to where & when the performance is to take place – if at all. G. Bernard Shaw’. Shaw is referring to the performance of his play, ‘Man of Destiny’, given at the Savoy Theatre on 28 January 1912 in aid of Sime Seruya’s International Suffrage Shop.
    Both cards – with their interesting content – are in very good condition. Together              £500 SOLD



  1. GOLDEN JUBILEE CELEBRATION [14103] flyer for the Celebration held in Central Hall, Westminster on 27 March 1968. Speakers included Thelma Cazalet-Keir, president of the Fawccett Society, Joyce Grenfell, Grace Roe, Baroness Sumerskill, Mrs Margaret Thatcher MP and Shirley Williams – alongside (in bold type) Harold Wilson, Edward Heath and Jeremy Thorpe. Well, well – but it was nearly 50 years ago…                                                                                                                                                              £15


  1. ‘HEADS I WIN, TAILS YOU LOSE’ c 1916 [14180] ‘A political forecast addressed to thos suffragists who flatter themselves that adult suffrage is possible before the principle of Woman Suffrage has been admitted in practise by first granting the Vote to Women “on the same terms as it is, or may be, granted to men”‘. Then follows an ‘Extract from a Daily Paper referrring to the Prime Minister’s Speech on Woman Suffrage towards the end of 1916 or 1917.’ A facestious 4-pp leaflet – with no hint of a publisher given – showing up Asquith’s Machievellian political thinking – in a truly Orwellian piece of political forecasting. From internal evidence the piece was written during the First World War – but presumably some time before ‘the end of 1916 or 1917’. It ends by stating in bold print ‘So the Bill became a MANHOOD SUFFRAGE Bill and passed into law in due course, and women were never thoguht of again save as amiable and over-worked beasts of burden.’ A most interesting item. Very good condition – withdrawn from the Women’s Library


  1. HMSO Representation of the People Act, 1918 HMSO 1918 [6844] Section 4 (Franchises [Women]) of Part I was what it had all been about. 162pp -good – missing, I think, paper covers £35


  1. ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS 12 December 1908 [14072] Full-page – front-page –  illustration by ‘S.Begg’ [Samuel Begg] of ‘The Woman with the Whip: the militant Suffragettes’ new weapon in use at the Albert Hall’. The woman was Helen Ogston, at that time a member of the WSPU but later to be an organiser with the New Constitional Society for Women’s Suffrage. She features regularly in the pages of ‘Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary’. Single sheet – very good                                         £25


  1. ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS 20 June 1908 [14070] Full-page line-drawing illustration of the ‘Great Women who led the Procession: Mrs Fawcett, Lady Frances Balfour, Miss Emily Davies, and Dr Bryant.’ The House of Commons looms in the background. Single                                                                 £25


  1. ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS 25 January 1908 [14073] ‘The Right Argument: which is fitter to have the vote?’. Full-page illustrated by H.H. Flere. In an attic room a young woman sits at her sewing machine, her baby asleep in a basket on the floot beside her, while her husband lies in a drunken stupor on the bed. A policeman has opened the door and she is turning round in alarm. The ILN caption tells us that ‘Without discussing the wisdom of the tactics adopted by the women advocates of votes for women, it cannot be denied that there are thousands of cases, such as that which our artist has illustrated, where the wife is far better fitted to exercise the suffrage than the husband. Our picture tells its own story better than any words.’ Single sheet – very good                                                                                                                                            £15


  1. ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS 27 June 1908 [14069] ‘Women More Militant Than Ever: Suffragists in Hyde Park’ A full page devoted to photos of the WSPU’s ‘Women’s Sunday’ demonstration held in Hyde Park on  21 June 1908. Single sheet – very good                                                                  £25


  1. JESSIE KENNEY [14153] “‘Given away’ by hands, face, and cap: the telegraph boy girl” is the caption to a full-length photograph from ‘The Sketch’., 13 Dec 1909.. Jessie had tried, in this disguise, to enter the Albert Hall where Asquith was speaking at a Liberal party meeting. Very good                                          £25


  1. JUS SUFFRAGII Vingt-cinq ans de l’Alliance Internationale pour le Suffrage et L’Action civique et politique des Femmes 1904-1929 Jus Suffragii no date (c 1929) [14185] A history, in French, of the work of the International Woman Suffrage Alliance. With photographs. Paper covers -36pp – good £12


  1. L’EFFORT LIBRE F. Rieder & Co (Paris) Dec 1913 [14118] Contains a 20-pp article (in French), ‘Les Suffragistes militantes’ by Israel Zangwill. Paper covers – very good £18


  1. L’EGLISE CATHOLIQUE N’EST PAS OPPOSEE AU SUFFRAGE DES FEMMES [14186] Published by the ‘Comité du Club des Femmes de Montréal c 1921. One-sided leaflet – rubbed – ex-Women’s Library


  1. LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON – LETTER  [14049] to ‘Mrs Jenkinson’, written from The Danes, Hertford on December 21, 1899. The letter refers to Constance’s ‘Aunt T’ – Mrs Teresa Earle (author of  the best-selling ‘Pot-Pourri from a Surrey Garden’- and the fact that ‘Max’, clearly a close relation, is due back at the front very soon – this was during the Boer War- ‘How heart breaking itis the amount of sorrow all round us.’ 4-pp -fine                                                                                                                                                    £120


  1. LEIGH SMITH, Barbara A Brief Summary in Plain Language of the Most Important Laws Concerning Women; together with a few observations thereon Holyoake & Co, 2nd edition revised with addition 1856 [9033] Barbara Leigh Smith (later Barbara Bodichon) was 27 years old when she wrote this pamphlet, first published in 1854 as part of her campaign to change the Married Women’s Property Acts. This pamphlet is extremely scarce (I have never had a copy for sale before), bound inside recent paper covers. Rather amusingly, the printed price of ‘Threepence’ has been scored through and ‘1 1/2 d’ added – a comment, presumably, then on the interest being shown in the campaign by a public not yet awakened to the cause. Very good £280


  1. LENA CONNELL PHOTOGRAPHS ELLEN TERRY, MAINLY AS ‘NANCE OLDFIELD’ [14172] Eight photographs mounted in an ‘accordion’ type portfolio. 1) Ellen Terry dressing for her role as ‘Nance Oldfield’ in Cicely Hamilton’s ‘Pageant of Great Women’. She is sitting facing a mirror in which we see her reflection; 2) Ellen Terry dressed as ‘Nance Oldfield’. She is seen in profile from the left, holding an object in her raised left hand; 3) Ellen Terry as ‘Nance Oldfield’. She is seen in profile from the left, holding a book (I think) which is resting against a casket; 4) Ellen Terry as ‘Nance Oldfield’ in three-quarter profile. The casket is now open – her right hand is holding up the lid, while she holds an object in her left; 5) Ellen Terry as ‘Nance Oldfield’ – sitting in front of the closed casket. She is photographed in profile; 6) Ellen Terry as ‘Nance Oldfield’. The image is nearly identical to no 1 above – but in here her reflection is centred in the mirror; 7) Ellen Terry in day dress. She is shown in left profile, near a window that is covered by a light curtain, with a pot or vase of flowers to her right; 8) Ellen Terry in day dress. She is photographed in profile, sitting on a window seat, with her knees drawn up. At the window is a light curtain and on the windowsill is a vase of  daffodils. The photographs, each 9 cm wide x 14cm high,  mounted on brown card (23 cm high x 15.5 cm wide), are not identified as by Lena Connell – but, of course, there is no doubt that she was the photographer. She is credited in the published edition of ‘The Pageant of Great Women’ with one of the ‘Nance Oldfield’ photographs in which Ellen Terry sits before a mirror. The photographs were taken c late 1909/1910. All in mint condition – an amazing survival                                                                                                                                £700



  1. LENA CONNELL PHOTOGRAPHS ELLEN TERRY [14173] Nine studio photographs of Ellen Terry mounted in an ‘accordion’ type portfolio. 1) She stands facing the camera wearing a wide dark straw hat with flowers and a dustcoat, across which hangs a satchel. She is holding gloves in her left hand; 2) Ellen Terry is sitting, photographed in profile from the left, without a hat, wearing a loose light-coloured gown. Her hair is looped up, forming a sort of crown. She leans on a book on a table, looking at an object she holds in her hands; 3) Wearing the same outfit she is seated at a table, holding a large album, but looking at the camera; 4) Taken on the same occasion, she is seen in three-quarter profile, holding a picture in her hands; 5) Wearing the same dress, she is looking towards the camera while leaning on a table, left elbow resting on an open book, with a number of photographs in her hands; 6) She is photographed from behind as she turns to the left. She is wearing the same loose gown as in the previous photographs; 7) Taken on the same occasion, she turns towards the camera, resting her face on her hands, her elbows resting on the open book; 8) Wearing the same loose gown she looks down at the album that appears in #3; 9) She is photographed in three-quarter profile, wearing the hat and loose dustcoat in which she appeared in # 1. She looks at the camera while holding up a book, with spectacles tucked into her left hand. The photographs, each 9 cm wide x 14cm high, mounted on brown card (23 cm high x 15.5 cm wide, are not identified as by Lena Connell – but, of course, there is no doubt that she was the photographer – the format of the portfolio being the same as that for #66. The photographs were probably taken c late 1909/1910. None, as far as I can see, appear in the Ellen Terry entry in the National Portrait Gallery’s ‘Later Victorian Portraits’. All in mint condition – an amazing survival                                            £800


  1. LEONORA COHEN [14102] Small collection of letters from, interviews with and newspaper cuttings about one of the few active members of the WSPU who became a centenarian – she was 105 when she died in 1978 – and a lifelong vegetarian.. Also included is a copy of the ‘ Radio Times’ special supplement to the series ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’.                                                                                                            £85 SOLD


  1. LONDON AND NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SERVICE Report, October 1st 1938 to March 31st 1943 [13447] A Report giving details of how Women’s Service House fared during the early years of the war (bombed) and where the Library was accommodated (Oxford) – together with details of the Society’s perilous financial postition. Good                                                                                        £25


  1. LYDIA BECKER [12607] Letter from Lydia Becker to ‘Mr Levi’ – written from 85 Carter St, Greenyes, Manchester on ‘Oct 16’ – I have worked out that the year is1868. ‘Mr Levi’ is probably Prof Leone Levi, to whom she had sent a pamphlet a few days earlier. I think, in response, he had written to her in admiration asking for some material from her for his autograph book. In this letter, in return, she writes ‘I have written out my three Norwich prospositions ,[these are drawn from her address at Norwich to the British Association Section F on 25 Aug 1868] which I hope may serve your purpose as a curiosity! for your autograph book, and a bone of contention for your friends.’ These ‘three Norwich propositions’ are set out on a separate sheet. But, in addition, in her  4-pp mss letter she sets out ‘my general wishes and conclusions as to the rights of women’.. All the material has been carefully attached to a sheet that once was page 77 in a collection of autograph material. Incidentally the material on the reverse, p 78, is in Italian, lending credence to my supposition that the correspondent was Leone Levi, who had left his native Italy for Liverpool in 1844. A very interesting letter – very good                                                                                                                                £95 SOLD


  1. MANCHESTER NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE [14106] ‘Form to be filled up by persons desirous of assisting to promote the object of the society’. Printed form to raise money for the ‘Special fund of one thousand pounds for the work during the year 1886’ – the secretary was Miss Becker, 28 Jackson’s Row, Albert Square, Manchester. Single sheet – rather marked and chipped. Extremely ephemeral – and, therefore, scarce                                                                                                                          £40


  1. MEN’S LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Gladstone on Woman Suffrage MLOWS c. 1909 [13146] The Men’s League for Opposing Woman Suffrage was founded in early 1909 and in 1910 merged with the Women’s National Anti-Suffrage League to form the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage. This pamphlet – reproducing the Grand Old Man’s words on the subject is pamphlet no 3 issued by the Men’s League, presumably quite soon after its founding in 1909. 4-pp – good, with some foxing, scarce                                                                                                                                                              £78


  1. MEN’S LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Is Woman Suffrage A Logical Outcome of Democracy? MLOWS c 1909 [13147] Pamphlet no 6 published by the short-lived Men’s League for Opposing Woman Suffrage. 4-pp – very good – scarce £60


  1. MISS EMILY FAITHFULL [14029] studio photograph by W & D Downey, 57 & 61 Ebury Street, London, together with a printed brief biography.                                                                               £40


  1. MISS MORGAN, OF BRECON The Duties of Citizenship Women’s Local Government Society c 1912 [13916] Extracts reprinted from a paper read at the Annual Conference of the National Union of Women Workers, Manchester, October 27th 1896. By the time this leafet was issued Miss Morgan had been Mayor of Brecon, 1911-12. 4-pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £5


  1. MRS A. BLANCO WHITE [14107] 4-page campaigning  pamphlet for Amber Blanco White (erstwhile mistress of H.G. Wells) as Labour candidate for Hendon, at the General Election, 1935. Good – has been folded                                                                                                                                                              £35


  1. NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE The ‘Conciliation’ Bill: Revised Version NLOWS no date (1911) [13152] The 2-sided leaflet, no 33 in the series, is headed ‘Against Votes for Women’ and ends with ‘Vote and Work Against Votes For Women In Parliamentary Affairs’. Very good – very scarce £75


  1. NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Mr J.R. Tolmie’s Reply to Mr L. Housman’s Pamphlet NLOWS no date (1913) [13145] The pamphlet of Laurence Housman’s to which this refers is ‘The Physical Force Fallacy’. Pamphlet no 37 issued by the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage. 4-pp – very good £65


  1. NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Woman Suffrage and the Factory Acts NLOWS no date [13155] A 4-pp leaflet, no 8 in the NLOWS series, pointing out that the ‘Women’s Party’ (ie pro-suffrage campaigners) were opposed to the ‘humane acts’ limiting women’s work in factory etc because ‘most of them harbour such a jealous mistrust of men that they suppose even their evidently disinterested actions to be prompted by insidious and harmful motive.’ The leaflet concludes ‘To grant women the franchise would therefore be to raise a fresh obstacle in the way of progress and to defer reforms still necessary for the welfare of the working classes..’ Very good – very scarce                                                                  £75


  1. NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE SOCIETIES A Memorandum Showing Cause Why Women Should Take Part in the Election of the Parliament which is to deal with problems of reconstruction arising out of the war NUWSS Nov 1916 [13177] ‘The object of this Memorandum is to put together the latest facts and figures bearing on the question of the enfranchisement of women in relation to the present political and industrial situation.’ Foolscap -34pp -card covers -very good £60 SOLD


  1. NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE SOCIETIES Women Workers and Women’s Votes: Midwives NUWSS no date (c 1917) [14177] ‘Midwives know well how essential their work is to the community, and they ask that they shall have a voice in making the laws by which that work is regulated’. Double-sided leaflet – fine £30 SOLD


  1. NO SYMPATHY NECESSARY [14031] Cartoon by Harry Low. Two old gentleman are conversing in a railway carriage. Smith: ‘Well, and how’s the wife, old man?’ Brown: ‘Do you know, since she’s joined this “Votes for Women” business, I’ve hardly had a chance to ask her. She has so many meeting to attend that she is only at home about an hour every day.’ Smith: ‘Great Scott! You have my sympathy.’ Brown: ‘Oh! I don’t mind; an hour soon slips away.’ Published in  late 1913. Good – a full page – with a little foxing on edges well away from image.                                                                                                                                £15


  1. [OSBERT LANCASTER] ‘GREAT NEWS! AUNT ETHEL HAS JUST BEEN CHOSEN TO PLAY MOTHER CHRISTMAS AT THE WOMEN’S LIB BAZAAR’ [14110] Original pen and ink illustration (with blue shading indicating half-tone) by Osbert Lancaster, the legendary ‘Daily Express’ cartoonist. Maudie Littlehampton is talking on the telephone as ‘Mother Christmas’ walks by. The paper is folded and the caption, in the artist’s hand, appears on the folded piece adjacent to the drawing, which he has signed. On the reverse is a rubber stamp ‘Stock 20 Nov 1971.’ Women’s Lib was very much in the news at this time – exactly a year earlier women protestors had disrupted the Miss World competition, held in the Royal Albert Hall, and a month before the cartoon appeared the Women’s Lib Movement had held its second conference.                       £350


  1. PANKHURST, Christabel International Militancy WSPU 1915 [13502] ‘A speech delivered at Carnegie Hall, New York, January 13th, 1915’. 24-pp pamphlet, paper covers (with photograph of Christabel Pankhurst). Fine – just with a couple of rust marks from spine staples – in original paper wrappers. Scarce £100


  1. PANKHURST, E. Sylvia Pankhurst The Birth-rate: notes and views on the report of the National Birth-Rate Commission, 1916 The Workers’ Suffrage Federation no date (1916) [14108] Eight-page report . Good – has been folded – scarce £65


  1. (PANKHURST) Thelma Cazalet Keir I Knew Mrs Pankhurst Suffragette Fellowship c 1944 [14092] Reproduced from a broadcasting script. 5-pp pamphlet. Paper covers – good – chipped at front edge- and very scarce £75


  1. PETERSEN, H. Frances The Belief in Innate Rights NUWSS no date [1913] [13100] 12-pp pamphlet printed for the NUWSS by the Women’s Printing Society – reprinted from the ‘Law Magazine and Review’. Good in original paper covers £12


  1. PETHICK-LAWRENCE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE Memories of Fred and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence Pethick-Lawrence Memorial Committee 1963 [14093] Reminiscences by those who knew them. – with a list of contributors to the Memorial Fund. 16-pp in card covers (which is decorated with a purple, white and green stripe). Fine £35


  1. PHILLIPS, Mary The Militant Suffrage Campaign privately printed 1957 [11357] ‘This pamphlet is designed to tell in a concise form the story of the ‘Votes for Women Canpaign’ and to explain the reasoned policy on which it was based.’ Mary Phillips had been a leading WSPU organizer. Soft covers – 15pp – scarce £65


  1. PICTURE POST, 7 February 1948 [14104] Includes an article on ‘Have Women Justified the Vote?’ – to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1918 Act – includes interview with Margaret Bondfield    £15


  1. PUNCH CARTOON [12768] 13 March 1912, full-page, suffragettes wield hammers in the background as Roman-type matron, bearing a paper labelled ‘Woman’s Suffrage’ comments ‘To think that, after all these years, I should be the first martyr’. the heading is ‘In the House of Her Friends’                               £10


  1. PUNCH CARTOON [12772] 10 January 1912 -full page – ‘United We Differ’. Lloyd George and Lewis Harcourt are back to back on a platform. Lloyd George addressing his side, where a Votes for Women’ banner is to be seen, cries ‘Votes for Women! Don’t you listen to my esteemed colleague!’. While addressing his, male, crowd cries ‘No Votes for Women! My esteemed colleague is talking nonsense!’. Asquith’s cabinet was split on this issue. Very good                                                                                                                           £10


  1. PUNCH CARTOON [12777] 21 January 1912 – full page – ‘The Suffrage Split’. Sir George Askwith (the charismatic industrial conciliator), as ‘Fairy Peacemaker’, has tamed the dragon of the Cotton Strike – and Asquith, wrestling to keep a seat on the Cabinet horse turns to him ‘Now that you’ve charmed yon dragon I shall need ye to stop the strike inside this fractious gee-gee.’                                                                     £10


  1. A RARE – AND TOTALLY POLITICALLY INCORRECT – ‘GOLLY’ PIN [14199] still with its original cardboard mount. Her title is ‘Mrs Golliwog M.P. for Holloway Castle’ and across the bottom of the card is printed ‘Votes for Women Ginger for Pluck’ The latter phrase – ‘Ginger for Pluck’ – was a phrase common in the early 20th c – often referring to redheads though quite what the exact reference – other than to a general approval of ‘Pluck’ –  isn’t entirely clear. The initial letters of each word are printed in a gingerish ink. ‘Mrs Golliwog MP’ is painted roughly in purple, white and green and is suspended from the pin. An extraordinary item. I certainly have never seen another                                                                              £380 SOLD


  1. SCOTCHMEN AT DOWNING STREET Speeches by the Delegates 18 July 1913 [14179] The ‘Scotchmen’ were the Northern Men’s Federation for Women’s Suffrage founded by Maud Arncliffe-Sennett with the purpose of taking a deputation to see Asquith. The intention was that the deputation should, for maximum publicity, be timed to coincide with the arrival of the NUWSS ‘Pilgrims’ in London. Asquith, however, held true to his word – repeated on several occasions – that he would no receive the deputation. This pamphlet, which they had prepared in advance, contains the speeches they would have given. The ‘Scotchmen’ were, in the main, members of the Edinburgh and Glasgow city council and the deputation stressed its non-party credentials. 16-pp in card covers – in very good condition – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £60 SOLD


  1. SHOULDER TO SHOULDER [14088] A Radio Times Special published to celebrate the first screening of the eponymous BBC series, April 1974. Very good                                                      £20


  1. ‘SNAP’ [14154] – playing cards. The suits – of 4 cards each – are captioned ‘I want a vote’ (showing a suffragette – in a green dress against a purple background – smashing a shop window with a hammer); ‘Are we downhearted?’ (an anarchist (or, some kind of ‘socialist’ – with a beard and dressed in a cape -standing beside his soap  box); Oh, isnt’ tt wet’ (elderly woman in the rain under her umbrella); ‘Vat ve vant is orders’ (caricature Jewish businessman (?) in top hat and coat with fur colour –  and so representative of the anti-semitism of the time); ‘Eyes right’ (soldier in busby against a background of the Union flag); ‘Oh why did I come’ (man trying to walk in a high wind(; ‘Together we are one’ (wedding-day couple); ‘Just suits me’ (workman sporting a hooks instead of hands stands under a poster saying ‘No hands wanted’); ‘Sweep, sweep’ ( blackened sweep with his brushes); ‘Who would be father’ ( chap in his dressing gown nursing the baby); ‘Hands off, Robert’ (cook fends off a too-familiar policeman); ‘Why does he do it?’ (young male singer strains to reach that high note); ‘Did you call Sir?’ (the butler approaches); ‘Right away’ (the railway guard raises the flag and blows the whistle); ‘Hot water, sir’ (the housemaid brings the hot-water can); ‘Special Edition’ (the newsboy calls his wares). Plus 2 cards telling how the game should be played. This is the ‘Special Edition’ of ‘Snap’ issued by Chad Valley c 1912. So interesting to see how the suffragettes had fixed themselves so firmly in the national. consciousness. All cards present – -in good condition – but box missing. Still a very scarce item – I have never had the game for sale before.                                                                                                                                   £280 SOLD


  1. SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE [12661] is the caption to this full page George Belcher cartoon, published in the Tatler on 12 August 1908. Two impoverished old women are talking in the street – a unconsciously joky exchange – which is the amusing part  for the audience of the day (I won’t go into the rather laboured humour which, if it has any suffrage relevance, is only to mock woman’s supposed illogicality)- but what is interesting to us is that one of the old dears is standing holding an advertising bill for the magazine, ‘New Age’, on which the roughly sketched in legend reads something like ‘A Suffragette’s reply to Belfort Bax.’. For the book that sparked off the debate in New Age see item ? Bax had published an article ‘Feminism and Female Suffrage’ in the issue for 30 May, to which Millicent Murby had written a reply that appeared in the issue of  6 June, to which Bax had made a riposte in the issue of  8 August. Single page – very good                            £15


  1. SOCIALISTS AND SUFFRAGETTES  [14157] cited in an entry in an autograph album ‘A Song of the Simple Life’ – in which a poor working man is addressed by a ‘wicked socialist’ who trys to explain how he is being exploited by his aristocratic landlord and his boss ‘Mr C’. His wife is then approached by a suffragette who told her ”Tis time you had a vote & need it, like the well fed folk; For while you still continue, as you are, without defence, The Earl & Mr C will thrive by this & that pretence’. The poem is accompanied by a page of rather effective line drawings – one of which shows the ‘Suffragette as the wife saw her’ – she is the image of Charlotte Despard, made so recognisable with her mantilla – and ‘as the husband saw her’ – she is the stereotype – hat with feather, umbrella, ‘votes for women’ flag, glasses and plaid suit with a hint of a divided skirt. This piece of artistry is signed – in September 1909 – by Frederick Augustus Carlton Smith (1884-1966), a young solicitor. During the First World War Carlton Smith, who, from the testimonials he received, was clearly a man who had involved himself in social work with the Congregational church, was a conscientious objector. By then he was living at 79 Athenaeum Road, Whetstone, London N. 4-pp – in good condition. A lively contemporary view.                                                                                                                                                    £35


  1. STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE OF INDUSTRIAL WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS The Position of Women after the War Co-operative Printing Society, no date (1917?) [14098] The Report was presented to the Joint Committee on Labour Problems After the War. The organisations represented on the Committee were: the Women’s Trade Union League, the Women’s Co-operative Guild, the Women’s Labour League, the National Federation of Women Workers, and the Railway Women’s Guild. 20-pp – very good £25


  1. STOPES, Mrs C.C. The Constitutional Basis of Women’s Suffrage Darien Press (Edinburgh) 1908 [13684] reprinted from the ‘fortnightly Review’, Sept 1908. 16-pp pamphlet. An ownership inscription on the top right of the front cover appears to be ‘E. C. Haig’ – and I am wondering whether the pamphlet was originally owned by Evelyn Cotton Haig (1863-1954), sister of Florence and Cecilia Haig – all strong supporters of the WSPU. Evelyn Haig lived with her sisters in Comely Bank Ave in Edinburgh – and may well have known Mrs Stopes. An Edinburgh ownership certainly ties in with the Edinburgh publication. Very good £45


  1. STRACHEY, Philippa Memorandum On The Position of English Women In Relation to That of English Men London & National Society for Women’s Service 1935 [14097] ‘ attempt to give a simple account of the present position of women of England as compared with that of the men…The facts have been collected from material in the Women’s Service Library at 29 Marsham Street…’ 23-pp pamphlet. Paper covers – very good £15


  1. STRACHEY, Ray The Women’s Movement in Great Britain: a short summary of its rise, methods and victories National Council of Women of Great Britain no date (c 1928) [13109] A pamphlet abridged from Strachey’s ‘The Cause’. Chipped and rubbed – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £10


  1. SUFFRAGETTE FELLOWSHIP Roll of Honour Suffragette Prisoners 1905-1914 Suffragette Fellowship no date [1966] [13107] 16-pp, double column, listing all the suffragette prisoners that the Suffragette Fellowship knew of. A couple of names have been added in ink. Internally fine – cover has shelf markings etc – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. Scarce £100


  1. SUFFRAGETTE ‘SANDWICHWOMAN’ [14095] She walks along in the gutter wearing her sandwich board. This carries the logo of the WSPU paper, ‘Votes for Women’ , and, I think, advertises a meeting in Streatham Town Hall. This is a small amateur snapshot that was found in a family photograph album  (that is, not one ever before seen, as far as I know). A rather wonderful car (registration AB 1756) is driving along just behind the suffragette, the woman passenger in which is holding her parasol out of the window to shield herself from the burning sun. And alongside, right behind the ‘sandwichwoman’, is a horse-drawn carriage. In fine condition – and, I think, unique                                                                                                         £120


  1. SUFFRAGETTES AT HOME [14033] Cartoon by Arthur Wallis Mills, published in ‘Punch’ in 1909. The scene is a drawing room at teatime. All the ladies, bar one, are attired in frothy teagowns and flowery hats. The odd one out is sulking in tailored coat and skirt, and plain beret. He: ‘I say, that lady over there looks rather out of it’. She: ‘Yes, you see, most of us here have been in prison two or three times, and she, poor dear, has only been bound over.’ Good – cut out from a page of the magazine                                                 £10


  1. ‘THE CONCILIATION BILL FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE [14039] which passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons, on May 5th, with a Majority of 167′. A double-sided large leaflet published by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies in 1911, setting out the advantages of the Conciliation Bill. Amongst the points it made was that under this bill 1 million would get the vote – whereas the 7 and a half million men would still comprise the vast majority of electors. Very good                                        £55


  1. THE ENGLISH REVIEW, JUNE 1913 [14192] Includes an article, ‘The Truth About White Slavery’ by Teresa Billington-Greig in which, with  (as always) clear-minded logic, she suggests that a climate of hysteria had been whipped up (not least by the writings of members of the WSPU) – and that ‘the Mothers of the new Church are threatening the future by the whitewashing of women and the doctrine of the uncleanness of men’. Good – scarce                                                                                                                                      £24


  1. THE FIGHTING SEX [14074] This issue of the part-work ‘History of the 20th Century’ includes a section on the suffrage campaign – written by Trevor Lloyd (author of ‘Suffragettes International’). Paper covers – large format                                                                                                                                         £5


  1. THE LISTENER, 8 Feb 1968 [14090] Contains transcription of Interviews with Lilian Lenton, Mary Phillips, Grace Roe and Charlotte Drake. Together with a copy of the ‘Radio Times’ fully illustrated guide to the BBC production of ‘Shoulder to Shoulder’. Good (‘Radio Times’ has small mended tear along top edge) – two together                                                                                                                                        £40


  1. THE MARRIED WOMEN’S PROPERTY ACT 1882 Ward Lock 1882 [14120] The publishers clearly thought it was worthwhile publishing the Act as a pamphlet – the legend on the cover reads ‘This important Act should be read by eery Woman in the Kingdom’. Paper covers – good £35


  1. THE NEW REFORM ACT – VOTES FOR WOMEN [14038] double-sided leaflet published by the Liberal Publication Department in 1918, setting out the terms under the Representation of People Act by which 6 million women were enfranchised. ‘Every Qualified Woman Should See That She gets The Vote. In case of doubt or difficulty the Secretary of the local Liberal Association will gladly render advice and assistance.’ Good – unusual                                                                                                                                  £45 SOLD


  1. ‘THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN’ [13690] supplement to ‘The Graphic’, 1885, heralding the supplements to be issued in Nov and Dec 1885 on ‘Parliamentary Elections and Electioneering in the Old Days’. As its advertisement for the series The Graphic has chosen to use George Cruickshank’s ”The Rights of Women; or a view of the hustings with female suffrage, 1853.’ We see on the hustings the two candidates –  ‘The Ladies’ Candidate’- Mr Darling’ and ‘The Gentleman’s Candidate – Mr Screwdriver – the great political economist’. Elegant Mr Darling is surrounded by ladies in bonnets and crinolines – Mr Screwdriver by ill-tempered-looking boors. The audience contains many women accompanied, presumably, by their husbands who are holding aloft a ‘Husband and Wife Voters’ banner. Another banner proclaims the existence of ‘Sweetheart Voters’ and riding in their midst is a knight in armour holding a ‘Vote for the Ladies’ Champion’ pennant. There do not appear to be many supporters of the opposition.
    Single sheet 28 cm x 20.5 cm – a little foxed around the edges of the paper but barely afffecting the good, clear image of Crucikshank’s cartoon.                                                                                               £160


  1. THE SUFFRAGETTE [13691] US Suffragette – wearing sash that proclaims this (ie ‘Suffragette’), holding aloft a ‘Suffragette’ pennant with one hand while she firmly squashes with the other a little Cupid, whose bow and arrow fly out of his hands. Under her foot is, I think, her heart. The caption is ‘You may think it fun, poor Cupid to snub,/With the hand of a Suffragette,/But he’s cunning and smart, aye, there’s the rub/Revenge is the trap he will set.’
    The print is in colour – the Suffragette’s dress dates from c 1913/14, I think.
    The sheet (18cm x 27 cm) is printed ‘Made in U.S.A.). In good condition – an item that would look attractive mounted and framed.                                                                                                                        £150


  1. ‘THE SUFFRAGETTE’ [14156] A record  issued by the British Zonophone Co Ltd, ‘spoken by Mr Will Evans’. Will Evans (1866-1931) was a popular music hall artiste. As I mention in the entry ‘Songs, Music and Poetry’ in my ‘The Women’s Suffrage Movement: a reference guide’, another record titled ‘The Suffragette’ was recorded by Harry Nelson on the Regal label in 1914 – and I don’t know whether or not the two ditties are different. In the original sleeve, suggesting the record was purchased from ‘Chidzey’s, Music and Music Instrument Stores, 21 Parsons Street, Banbury’. The record appears to be in good condition – but I cannot vouch for the sound quality as I have no means of playing it. Scarce – I’ve never had this record for sale before £45


  1. THE SUFFRAGETTE, 2 MAY 1913 [14060] An issue printed under trying circumstances. The paper’s cover contains only one word – ‘Raided’ – and inside gives details of the police raid on WSPU headquarters, Lincoln’s Inn House, the arrest of its office staff and their subsequent trial. Christabel Pankhurst takes a full page to describe ‘What Militancy Means’. Fair condition – has been folded -spine separating -frayed round edges 8-pp – scarce                                                                                                                                        £95


  1. ‘THE SUFFRAGETTES’ IN DOWNING STREET [14111] page from ‘Black & White’ , 26 May 1906. A picture drawn to commemorate the joint deputation of the suffrage societies to beard Campbell-Bannerman at No 10. What is interesting is that the artist has chosen as the figure to represent the women on this occasion Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy. She is shown, with her flowing white ringlets, and, for the occasion, has donned a hat. She is standing in front of a table, behind which Campbell-Bannerman lolls – a large bundle of paper – presumably yet another petition – lies on the table. Keir Hardie is also recognisable, sitting with folded arms. Good – one page                                                                                                                        £18


  1. THE WOMEN’S BULLETIN: organ of the Women’s Freedom League WFL 1960 [14181] Issue dateed 9 December 1960. 4-page cyclostyled Bulletin £8 SOLD


  1. THE WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE SOCIETIES: WHAT IS THEIR PURPOSE? [14037] double-sided leaflet published by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. The last para reads: ‘It is claimed that the proposed reform would bring with it a better representation of important interests and sentiments, a fuller measure of justice all round, and a more widely diffused sense of civic responsibility. The burden of justifying the existing disablility seems to lie on those who maintain the outworn tradition of exclusion.’       £35



  1. VIOLET TILLARD [14158] Postcard addressed to ‘Miss V Tilllard, c/o Mrs Withycombe, Ballsdean, Nr Rottingdean, Sussex’. The postmark, showing the date, has been stamped awkwardly – only ’18’ remains. A pencil drawing on the front of this home-made card shows two women walking on the Downs and, from the shape and length of their dresses, I would date the drawing to c 1918 which probably ties in with the vestigial postmark. The sender of the card appears to be ‘Percy’, although the handwriting is not entirely clear. The message is addressed to ‘Dear Tilly’ and reads ‘I have thought of you since you have been away as looking something like this picture on the other side – only more beautiful. Tell Lydia not to smack me too hard for the abortion which represents her. Hope you are having a good time unspoiled by rain’. Violet Tillard (1874-1922), or Tilly as she liked to be known, is, I’m sure, the figure in the foreground of the drawing. ‘Lydia’ is doubtless Lydia Smith, with whom Tilly worked in the No-Conscription Fellowship during the First World War. Tilly had been a very active member of the Women’s Freedom League in the years before the First World War and had been one of those arrested and imprisoned in 1908 after the incident in the House of Commons when members of the WFL chained themselves to the grille of the Ladies’ Gallery. With Lydia Smith, Tilly was again imprisoned during the First World War for refusing to give the name of the NCF’s printer to the police. She died of typhus while working with the Society of Friends’ War Victims Relief  Committee in Russia. A little creased and rubbed – but a unique representation of  an interesting woman.                       £150 SOLD


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN, 16 August 1912 [13190] Complete copy – although the pages are detached. The main news in this issue is of the sentencing in Dublin of Mary Leigh and Gladys Evans. Fair reading copy – scarce                                                                                                                                                 £60


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN, 26 July 1912 [13188] An incomplete copy – pp 693-698 (inc) and 703-708 (inc) – but gives a flavour                                                                                                                    £30


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN, 27 September 1912 [13496] Complete issue. Chipped and rubbed and with some – interesting – annotations                                                                                                           £60


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN DECEMBER 31, 1908 [14066] Includes an article  -‘What is Womanly’ – by Laurence Housman – and a photograph taken on  ‘Christabel Pankhurst’s day’ – a celebration held on 22 December to mark her release from prison, together with her mother and Mary Leigh. Christabel and Emmeline are riding in a carriage, adorned by a ‘To Victory’ banner. On the opposite page is a lengthy description of the celebration that followed in the Queen’s Hall. Very good                                                                  £95


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN FRIDAY APRIL 30, 1909 [14061] With a cartoon on the front by ‘A Patriot’ (Alfred Peasrse) making reference to the’Brawling Bill’ that was to be introduced to protect Parliament from suffragettes. Good condition – the spine has been taped and a couple of  the 24pp are loose – but clean and unfolded                                                                                                                                              £65


  1. WHITTINGTON LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY Married Women, Their New Rights [14040] ‘The 9th August, 1870, was a day of Emancipation for Married Women’ – and this little 4-page leaflet is clear evidence that at least one insurance company was quick of the mark to develop this new market. Very good – unusual                                                                                                                                                £35


  1. WOMEN SHOULD VOTE LIBERAL Liberal Publication Dept, no date (1928?) [2307] 4-pp leaflet – appealing to the woman voter £5


  1. WOMEN’S FREEDOM LEAGUE Constitution: As revised by the Twenty-Fourth Annual Conference, April 18th, 1931 WFL 1931 [14178] 8-pp pamphlet – good – with library stamps. Withdrawn from the Women’s library, with the W.H. Margetson-designed presentation label showing it had been presented to the Fawcett Library by Amy Bush. £30 SOLD


  1. WOMEN’S LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOCIETY The Work of a Public Health Committee WLGS Oct 1918 [12177] 4-pp leaflet, written by S.M. Smee, chairman of the Public Health Committee, 1912-14 and 1916-18. Good condition – with two punch hole in margin, with no loss of text £5


  1. WOMEN’S NATIONAL ANTI-SUFFRAGE LEAGUE On Suffragettes: extracts from ‘What’s Wrong With The World’ by G.K. Chesterton WNASL c 1909 [13151] ‘They do not create revolution; what they do create is anarchy’. 2-sided leaflet – noo 30 in the WNASL’s series of leaflets – very good – very scarce £78


  1. ‘YOU WANT TO EARN SOME TIME THROW A POLICEMAN: [14152] the Ju-Jitsu suffragette shows how a policeman may be tackled.’ Full page from ‘The Sketch’, 6 July 1910, showing, in 2 series of 3 photographs each, Edith Garrud overpowering a policeman (or supposed policeman). The accompanying caption explains all. In fine condition                                                                                                  £35 SOLD




Kate Parry Frye Collection



  1. EQUAL RIGHTS RALLY 3 JULY 1926 [13912] snapshot taken by John Collins, Kate’s husband, of women with banners entering Hyde Park. One of the banners is that of Tunbridge Wells ‘Do Well Doubt Not’. Very good – as far as I know there are very few – if any – other photos of this rally                          £95


  1. EQUAL RIGHTS RALLY 3 JULY 1926 [13913] snapshot by John Collins, Kate’s husband, of women walking into Hyde Park for the rally. The banners of the North London Society for Equal Citizenship and the London Society for Women’s Service are being carried. If anyone else was taking photos that day, they do not seem to have made their way into public collections. Very good – very scarce.                                 £95


  1. INVITATION CARD TO AN INFORMAL TALK ON THE SUBJECT OF THE ‘ENFRANCHISEMENT OF WOMEN’ [13757] Kate was there that evening  – 12 Dec 1907 – at a talk given by Clementina Black and Malcolm Mitchell at the home of Miss Green at 14 Warwick Crescent. Good – card a little grubby – or at least a little less than gleaming white                                                        £65


  1. Kate and Agnes Frye  [13927] canoeing in the flooded garden of The Plat. Large mounted photograph taken in June 1903 by a local (Maidenhead) photographer (see this post on my blog – There is foxing on the mount – but the photograph is fine                                                                                                                                                              £40


  1. Kate Frye (now Mrs Collins) [13931] dressed in her costume for her final professional role on the stage – as ‘The Nun’s Mother’ in ‘The Miracle’. A mounted studio photograph taken in Oxford in 1933    £30


  1. Kate Frye (using her stage name – Katharine Parry) in the costume she wore in Act III of ‘Thoroughbred’  [13924] mounted studio photograph taken in Dublin in Aug 1904 when she was on tour there. Kate has annotated the photograph on the back with all the details                                        £40


  1. LETTER FROM MRS ADELINE CHAPMAN [13795] to ‘Mrs Parry Collins’ dated 15 August 1918, thanking Kate for her contribution to the gifts given to her – as president of the New Constitutional Society for Women’s Suffrage – on the society’s disbandonment. Typed on a sheet of the NCS’s headed notepaper. Very good                                                                                                                                                  £100


  1. MEN’S LEAGUE FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE The Conciliation Bill Explained [13401] Two-sided leaflet, dating from mid 1910. The text, while explaining the Conciliation Bill, which had passed its Second Reading in July 1910, also clearly sought to allay the fears of male electors as to the consequences if the Bill were to be passed. Very good – has been folded – and with tag on reverse where Kate Frye fixed it into her diary                                                                                                                                      £100 SOLD


  1. NEW CONSTITUTIONAL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE The Conciliation Bill Explained [13402] Two-sided leaflet. The text is very much the same as that of the Men’s League for Women’s Suffrage leaflet ‘The Conciliation Bill Explained’ – but suitably adapted and definitely issued in 1911. The leaflet is printed by the St Clements Press, the printer to the WSPU. Very good – has been folded – and with tag where Kate Frye fixed it into her diary                                                                                                       £100


  1. PHOTOGRAPH OF KATE FRYE WITH HER LANDLADIES, THE MISSES BURKITT [13372] – aunts of  WSPU suffragette Hilda Burkitt – in their Dover garden, May 1913. See ‘Campaigning for the Vote’ p 153                                                                                                                                  £100


  1. WOMEN’S TEXTILE AND OTHER WORKERS’ REPRESENTATION COMMITTEE The Labour Party & Women’s Enfranchisement: a Personal Statement by J. Keir Hardie MP [13395] 4-pp leaflet, reprinted from the ‘Labour Leader’, 1 Feb 1907. Very good – has been folded and with tag on back page where Kate Frye fixed it in her  diary alongside the entry for 9 Feb 1907.                                                £100


Suffrage postcards

Real photographic cards



  1. ANNIE KENNEY [13858] photographed by Lambert Weston & Son, 39 Brompton Square, London. She looks very earnest and ethereal – I think the card dates from c 1909. Fine – unposted             £120


  1. ARREST OF CAPT. C.M. GONNE [13886] Member of the Men’s Political Union for Women’s Enfranchisement, Parliament Square, November 18th, 1910.’ Capt Gonne was photographed by the ‘Daily Mirror’ being escorted by two policemen during the ‘Black Friday’ tumult. Capt Charles Melvill Gonne (1862-1926), Royal Artillery, was  the author of ‘Hints on Horses’ (John Murray, 1904), an active suffragist, who supported his wife, a tax resister, and was a cousin of Maud Gonne, the Irish nationalist heroine. Good plus (a couple of spots of foxing and a little rubbing at one corner) -unusual –  unposted                             £80


  1. ‘ARREST OF MRS PANKHURST, MISS PANKHURST AND MRS DRUMMOND.  [13975] MR JARVIS  READING THE WARRANT AT CLEMENT’S INN OCTOBER 13, 1908′. They are being charged with inciting crowds to ‘rush’ the House of Commons.The card was published by Sandle Bros and the photograph was taken by the London News Agency – the WSPU had clearly invited the photographer to witness the arrest. The three women and the Inspector Jarvis (& another man) are standing in the WSPU office – with a large poster of Annie Kenney pinned to the wall. Each of the women displays a characteristic expression – Flora Drummond belligerent, Mrs Pankhurst elegantly resigned and Christabel astute. Fine condition, unposted. – scarce                                                                                                                                                 £200


  1. CHARLOTTE MARSH, Organiser, The National Women’s Social and Political Union [13862] She is photographed in profile by ‘A.W. Dron, Brondesbury’.  She is wearing a Holloway brooch (at least I’m virtually certain it is the Holloway brooch) pinned at the throat of her blouse and – certainly – her hunger strike medal. The card is printed with her signature – ‘C.A.L.M.’ A scarce image.The card is unposted  and the image is in very good condition – with three small holes along the top edge and one in each of the bottom corners where it has been pinned up                                                                                                                      £120 SOLD


  1. CHRISTABEL PANKHURST [13865] black and white photograph of the portrait of Christabel by Ethel Wright, with Christabel’s printed signature along the bottom of the card. The card will date from c 1909, when the portrait was first exhibited. Having been owned by the family of Una Dugdale since that time, the portrait was bequeathed to the National Portrait Gallery in 2011 and is on permanent display. This postcard – which is in fine condition and unposted- represents one of the WSPU’s ingenious methods of fund-raising.                                                                                                                                                              £80


  1. CHRISTABEL PANKHURST [13866] photographed by Lambert Weston and Son (Lambert Weston and Son Ltd – Folkestone and Dover) I think the card dates from c 1907/8. Fine – unposted           £60


  1. CICELY HAMILTON  [12954] photograph by Lena Connell. Fine – unposted      £65


  1. DER SCHRECKEN DER ENGLISCHEN SUFFRAGETTES.  [13717] ‘Der schrecken der englischen Suffragettes. welche kürzlich das Schaufenster der Hamburg-Amerika-Linie im Werte von 2000 Mk zertrümmerten’ is the caption to a large-sized real photographic German postcard. The picture shows the damaged window – it is actually that to the left of the magnificent entrance to the Hamburg-Amerika Line’s magnificent (1906) building in Cockspur Street. The window is one large sheet of glass and it looks as though an attacck had been made in two places causing considerable damage. The whole window would have had to be replaced – the value of the damage being put at 2000 marks. Groups of men stand around – not a woman in sight.
    The card is 17.5cm x 12.5cm – and is an image I’ve never seen before.. The photographer – or agency for the photograph-was Paul Hoffmann & Co of Berlin. Good condition – unposted – very scarce £150 SOLD


  1. DESTRUCTION OF GRAND STAND BY SUFFRAGETTES AT HURST PARK SUNDAY JUNE 18 1913 [13990] Real photographic postcard by Young’s, Teddington – no 3 in the series. The scene left by Kitty Marion and Clara (Betty) Giveen on the night of 8 June 1913 after they had ‘lit a beacon’ for Emily Davison – who had died, unbeknownst to them, a few hours earlier. (See full details ). Fine – posted from Esher to Norfolk on 30 June 1913 – the message begins ‘Just another for your collection’. Very scarce                                                                                                                      £180



  1. FABIAN WOMEN’S GROUP BANNER [14165] is shown against the base of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square as Fabian women address a crowd – mainly of men. The banner reads ‘Fabian Women’s Group Equal Opportunities for men and women.’ From the women’s clothes I would date the event to c 1910 – and, narrowing the occasion down even further, think the photograph was taken on 9 July 1910 at a demonstration organised in Trafalgar Square by the London Society for Women’s Suffrage. The photographer is facing towards the National Gallery, with the women speakers at the base of Nelson’s Column to the left. Individuals are not sufficiently clear as to enable identification – but a very interesting photograph showing a Fabian Women’s rally. Unposted – although with some pencilled notes on the reverse in German about the scene in Trafalgar Sq. I don’t think I’ve ever before seen an image of a Fabian Women’s rally – or of their banner. Very good      £85


  1. FANCY DRESS PARTY OR A PLAY? [13635] photo of group of men, women and children in vaguely early 20th century attire – with a sign ‘Votes for Women’ prominently displayed. I suspect it may date from the 1920s.                                                                                                                                   £25


  1. FLORA DRUMMOND [13873] She wears her WSPU (or as it was at this time ‘NWSPU’) regalia – peaked hat, epaulette, and ‘Votes for Women’ sash. The card bears the printed caption ‘General Drummond, the National Women’s Social and Political Union, 4 Clement’s Inn’. The photograph was taken by Lizzie Caswall Smith (309 Oxford St) and published by Sandle Bros. Unposted – very good. I don’t think I’ve had a copy of this card for sale in the last 15 years – so scarce.                                                                   £180 SOLD


  1. FRANKLIN, Hugh A. [13946] A rare photograph of, as the caption tells us, a ‘Member of the Men’s Political Union for Women’s Enfranchisement’. Hugh Franklin, a member of a leading Jewish family, was one of the few men to be imprisoned and go on hunger strike as a result of his support for the woman’s cause; on 26 Nov 1910 he took a whip to Winston Churchill. The 1911 census enumerated him in Pentonville Prison. He later married Elsie Duval, a member of the WSPU. Fine condition – scarce                                  £98 SOLD


  1. GREAT VOTES FOR WOMEN DEMONSTRATION IN HYDE PARK [13163] The WSPU rally on Sunday 21 June 1908. Crowds as far as the eye can see – with massed banners, including those of Cardiff and Newport, waving in the breeze. Fine – published by Sandle Bros – unposted                 £65 SOLD


  1. LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON [14101] real photographic postcard- issued by the ‘Women’s Social and Political Union’. She is sitting at her desk looking at a book.  Glossy photograph by Lafayette. Posted in Anerley on 13 February 1911 – goodISH                                                                               £60 SOLD


  1. LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON CARD – SIGNED [13971] Real photographic card of Lady Constance sitting at a desk, reading. The photograph us by Lafayette (Glasgow) and is captioned ‘Lady Constance Lytton Women’s Social and Political Union 4 Clement’s Inn Strand W.C.’ I think the card dates to the early days of the WSPU (she isn’t yet wearing a hunger strike medal, which she does in later portrait photos – and the use of the ‘WSPU’ name rather than ‘National Women’s Social and Political Union’ which was used after the split with the Women’s Freedom League makes me think it was published c 1907). The card is signed by Lady Constance underneath the caption. Good – unposted – with a slight crease to the middle of the rigght hand edge of the card                                                                                                                       £190


  1. LONDON LIFE. ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN’ [13621] A real photograph of a woman selling issue no 2 of ‘The Suffragette’ (the paper, edited by Christabel Pankhurst, that succeeded ‘Votes for Women’ in Oct 1912, after the removal of the Pethick-Lawrences from the leadership of the WSPU). She is not young, is elegantly dressed, and is wearing her ‘Holloway’ brooch, indicating that she has been imprisoned for the Cause.  Ib Rotary Photographic Series ‘London Life’ – fine – a very clear image -unposted                                           £65


  1. LONDON LIFE – ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN’ [13988] A small, smart cart carries an advertising hoarding for ‘The Suffragette’. It is stationary, the horse waiting patiently as his lady driver poses for a photograph, piles of the newspaper at her feet. My observations leave me to think that the photograph was taken in Kingsway – close to the WSPU office in Lincoln’s Inn House – opposite the entrance to Wild Court. The building on the corner of that street (now a Belgo) has changed little since 1913 when this photograph must have been taken. It was posted to South Africa, with no message, on 11 November 1913 – proving that, as the hoarding proclaims, it appealed to ‘Suffragettes Everywhere’, Very good – unusual                                                        £150


  1. MARGARET BONDFIELD [13974] Real photographic card of the first woman Cabinet minister (1929-31). A studio portrait, the card bears her printed signature                                                      £30


  1. MISS CHRISTABEL PANKHURST [13864] She is pictured in profile,sitting in a wicker chair in a garden, wearing a cool-looking cotton or voile dress.She has a newspaper on her knee which another photograph taken on the same occasion reveals to have been ‘The Suffragette’ – (see NPG x32608). The photograph was taken in Sept 1913 in France, to where she had escaped  eighteen months earlier. The postcard was published by Lambert Weston and son Ltd (Dover, Folkestone and 39 Brompton Square, London SW). Fine – unposted – scarce                                                                                                                                                 £180


  1. MR AND MRS PETHICK LAWRENCE AND MISS CHRISTABEL PANKHURST GOING TO BOW STREET, OCTOBER 14 1908 [13860] Christabel was on trial, charged with inciting crowds to ‘rush’ the House of Commons – but she and the Pethick Lawrences look very cheerful. Published by Sandle Bros for the National Women’s Social and Political Union. Fine – unposted – scarce                               £180


  1. MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD [13276] real photographic postcard of her – taken in profile. She is sitting reading a book. On the reverse, written in pencil, is ‘Mrs Despard – (Sister of Sir John General french) & President of the Women’s Suffrage National Aid Corps, organised by the Women’s Freedom League. return to Mrs Thomson-Price, 42 Parkhill Rd, Hampstead’.                                                                              £55


  1. MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD [13630] real photographic card, photograph by Lena Connell. Fine – unposted                                                                                                                                              £55


  1. MRS PANKHURST [13633] photograph by Jacolette.  Her ‘Holloway Prison’ brooch is pinned to her artistic blouse . Very good – unposted                                                                                                £55


  1. MRS PANKHURST  [13885] is photographed standing alongside a rather grand automobile (with a rack on the roof for luggage). She is wearing a bonnet and a long cape and looks elegant and lovely. The photographer was Dennis Moss, Cirencester – and in the background is a house gable of very Cotswoldy-looking stone. I see that Mrs Pankhurst was speaking in Cirencester in July 1911 and would think it likely that the photograph was taken on this occasion.. This is a sequel to another image – taken a few seconds earlier or later – on the same occasion in which Mrs Pankhurst actually has her foot on the running board of the car. I have now identified the car as ‘W.S. 95′ [ie Women’s Suffrage’], an Austin, painted and upholstered in the colours, with white wheels and a green body lined with a narrow purple stripe  that the WSPU presented to Mrs Pethick Lawrence on her release from prison in April 1909. A superb image – uncommon – unposted        £120


  1. MRS PANKHURST  [13888] is photographed with her foot on the running board of a rather grand automobile (with a rack on the roof for luggage). She is wearing a bonnet and a long cape and looks elegant and lovely. The photographer was Dennis Moss, Cirencester – and in the background is a house gable of very Cotswoldy-looking stone. I see that Mrs Pankhurst was speaking in Cirencester in July 1911 and would think it likely that the photograph was taken on this occasion..I have now identified the car as ‘W.S. 95′ [ie Women’s Suffrage’], an Austin, painted and upholstered in the colours, with white wheels and a green body lined with a narrow purple stripe  that the WSPU presented to Mrs Pethick Lawrence on her release from prison in April 1909. A superb image – uncommon – unposted                                                                                 £120


  1. MRS PANKHURST [13889] arrested in Victoria Street, 13 February 1908. She is on her way from the WSPU ‘Women’s Parliament’ in Caxton Hall – a policeman holds her left hand – she carries her ‘Parliament’s’ resolution in the other. Published by Photochrome Ltd – very good- unposted                     £45 SOLD


  1. MRS PANKHURST AND MRS WOLSTENHOLME ELMY [13887] together at the WSPU’s Hyde Park demonstration on Sunday 21 June 1908.  This is a very important image, symbolising the link between the first constitutional suffrage society (founded by Elizabeth Wolstenholme in Manchester in 1865) and the militant WSPU. Apart from its historical significance it is a very good photograph – containing banners, suffragettes in high-Edwardian decorated hats and ‘Votes for Women’ sashes, and a policeman! Published by Sandle Brothers, London EC. The card is unposted but has been pinned up and then carelessly removed – so that there is a little loss of card around the corners – but nothing to interfere with the image itself. Scarce                                                                                                                                                               £95


  1. ‘MRS PANKHURST, HON SEC [14161] National Women’s Social & Political Union, 4 Clement’s Inn, London W.C.’ is the caption to a photographic postcard published by Merchants Portrait Co., 106-110 Kentish Town Road, London N.W. The card is signed in ink – ‘E. Pankhurst’ – by Emmeline Pankhurst. The photograph shows her looking quite youthful, seated in a chair, wearing a heavily embroidered jacket, from the lapel of which hangs the ‘Holloway medal’ – now held in the collection of the Houses of Parliament. The medal is engraved with the date, ‘Oct 8th 08’, the date on which she, Christabel Pankhurst and Flora Drummond, distributed leaflets in which they urged the public in joining them in ‘rushing’ the House of Commons. As a result, all three were convicted of incitement. I think that the card dates from late 1908/1909 – it is unposted and is in very good condition. Portrait postcards signed by Emmeline Pankhurst are extremely rare £400 SOLD


  1. MRS PANKHURST, MISS ANNIE KENNEY, & MRS PETHICK LAWRENCE [13883] photographed in an open-topped car. At least Mrs Pankhurst and Annie are seated inside – on the back seat – while Mrs Pethick Lawrence stands alongside. All three women are wearing motor scarves to protect their hats. I think the car is ‘W.S. 95′ [ie Women’s Suffrage’], an Austin, painted and upholstered in the colours, with white wheels and a green body lined with a narrow purple stripe  that the WSPU presented to Mrs Pethick Lawrence on her release from prison in April 1909.The cloth-capped driver is Mr Rapley from Holmwood, Surrey, where the Pethick Lawrences had their country house. The card was published by Sandle Bros and the type face used for the caption is the same as that for the ‘Rush the House of Commons’ postcards that date from October 1909 – so I would deduce that this card was published around the same time. Fine – unposted              £120


  1. MRS PETHICK-LAWRENCE [13634] She stands, three-quarter length, with her hands behind her back.  The caption is ‘Joint Editor of “Votes for Women” – ‘Honorary Treasurer National Women’s Social and Political Union 4 Clement’s Inn, W.c.’ Very good – unposted                                                            £55


  1. MRS WOLSTENHOLME ELMY [13870] real photographic postcard of one of the suffrage campaigns most earnest workers and one of the WSPU’s earliest supporters. The photograph was taken in May 1907 when the WSPU-nominated photographer called at her home. Fine – unposted – scarce        £120


  1. ‘RUINS OF ST KATHERINE’S CHURCH, BURNT DOWN MAY 6 1913’ [11824] Real photographic card. There are several images published on postcards of the ruins of St Catherine’s (this is the correct spelling; the card’s publisher was a bit slapdash) Church at Hatcham in Surrey, for the burning of which the suffragettes were thought responsible – but I have never seen this one before.                            £35


  1. ‘SUFFRAGETTE’ POSTCARD [13243] real photographic card – though it must be staged. Set in what appears to be the country – with trees and flowers – it shows a woman in loose-fitting jacket and long skirt – with one of the shield-shaped chevron WSPU badges pinned to her lapel, being apprehended by a policeman in helmet and uniform and sporting an imposing display of medals. The point of the photograph is that the woman is holding out for him to see a copy of the ‘Suffragette’ newspaper. I have never seen this image before. It is issued as a postcard – but no photographer or publisher is cited. Most unusual – unposted – very good (with a slight crease at the bottom right-hand corner where it has been held in (Louisa Thomson-Price’s) postcard album                                                                                                                                       £65 SOLD


  1. THE DROVE, NONINGTON [13713] photographic card showing Rose Cottage which the sender remarks is ‘next door to us’. A jokey card, written by ‘Nell’ and ‘Joe’. Above the addressee’s name is written in large letters ‘Votes for Women (perhaps by Nell) and underneath ‘(I don’t think)’ has been added (perhaps by Joe). Posted in Nonington, Kent, in 1912. Very good – another little example of how ‘Votes for Women’ had entered the public consciousness.                                                                                                        £15


  1. THE IMPRISONED LEADERS 22 May 1912 Portrait photo of Mrs Pankhurst, flanked by similar images of Emmeline and Frederick Pethick-Lawrence  [13615] on a real photographic card published by F. Kehrhahn & Co (for more on whom see In May it looked as though the leaders were united in their imprisonment; on their release a different story emerged. Fine – unusual – unposted                                                     £65


  1. THE WOMEN’S GUILD OF EMPIRE [12877] ‘souvenir packet’ of 6 postcards, in their original printed paper envelope, published by the Women’s Guild of Empire. The cards are: 1) ‘Women’s Guild of Empire Committee’ – the 6 members of the Committee, who included Flora Drummond and Elsie Bowerman, sit around a table; 2) Mrs R.S Henderson, president; 3) Mrs Flora Drummond, Controller-in-Chief; 4) WGE banner ‘Peace Unity Concord’ surrounded by members; 5) Banner Making for the Great Demonstration April 17th 1926 – Mrs Drummond under an ‘Effeciancy and Entrprise’ banner; 6) ‘Women Pipers from the Lothians’ – with Mrs Drummond in control Scottishness was to the fore. An extremely rare set – I have never seen any of these cards before – and, in general, there are few images of the Guild of Empire and its work. The printed envelope carries details of the ‘Objects’ of the Guild and of its work. All cards in pristine condition – dating, I assume, to c 1926. As a set                                                                                                                                              £220


  1. THE WOMEN’S GUILD OF EMPIRE Banner Making for the Great Demonstration, April 17th 1926 [13686] The Women’s Guild of Empire organized a demonstration at the critical time just before the General Strike to protest against ‘strikes and revolutionary activity in industry’. The march, which brought women (including, wrote Elsie Bowerman to the editor of ‘The Spectator’, ‘wives of working women who have had personal experience of strikes’) from all regions of the country to London, ended with a Mass Meeting in the Albert Hall, with Mrs Flora Drummond in the chair.The photograph shows Mrs D inspecting banners – ‘Efficiencey and Enterprise’ and another, the wording partially hidden, which may say ‘Best within the Empire’ (??) Issued by the Women’s Guild of Empire c 1926. Fine – unposted – unusual                               £95


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN [13256] one of those real photographic ‘comic’ cards with young man dressed as a woman standing behind a table and a large ‘Votes for Women’ blackboard. He is holding a large knife (I think) in one hand and a bottle of beer – Benksins Watford – in the other. It is signed across the bottom right corner ‘Your old Pal Dan’                                                                                                                    £35


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN [13663] placard is planted beside young girl standing on a barrel under the Trafalgar Square lion. A policeman walks in the background. One of a posed photographic Raphael Tuck series. Fair – a little creased – posted                                                                                                              £25


  1. WOMEN’S FREEDOM LEAGUE Miss Sarah Benett [12950] photographed by Lena Connell. In this studio photograph Sarah Benett is wearing her WFL Holloway brooch; she was for a time the WFL treasurer. She was also a member of the WSPU and of the Tax Resistance League. This photograph by Lena Connell was also used on a WFL-published postcard – but this one is not attributed to the WFL. The background to the image is little irridescent.                                                                                                                   £65 SOLD


  1. WOMEN’S FREEDOM LEAGUE Mrs Amy Sanderson [12919] Women’s Freedom League, 1 Robert Street, Adelphi, London WC. She had been a member of the WSPU, and, as such had endured one term of imprisonment, before helping to found the WFL in 1907. She is, I think, wearing her  WFL Holloway brooch in the photograph. Card, published by WFL, fine – unusual – unposted                                 £65 SOLD


  1. WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE CORONATION PROCESSION 17 JUNE 1911 [13977] A bird’s eye view of a section of the procession showing the Actresses’ Franchise League contingent – their banner borne at the fore. Kate Frye is surely in there somewhere. In her diary she wrote ‘ I was a Group Captain and had the announcement round my arm and much enjoyed the dignity. Was not with any very interesting people but it didn’t matter as I was so taken up with myself. Lena Ashwell, all the Moores etc were up in front. I was the 3rd section behind the third Floral Arch – very pretty it all looked .’ The Floral Arch is there in the photograph. Before the Procession began Kate had been ‘to Adelphi House Terrace [AFL] to get my ribbons and decorate my pole with roses and green I had brought up.’ Good – although there is a crease across the card but it in no way interferes with the image. Unposted                                                                                           £95


  1. WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE CORONATION PROCESSION 17 JUNE 1911 [13978] A bird’s eye view of the procession obviously taken by the same photographer responsible for #186. Now the procession passing under his gaze (for I daresay it was a ‘he’) is depicting the countries in which women already had voting rights. In the foreground are women carrying the US flag and bannerettes such as that proclaiming ‘Women Have the Vote in Utah’. In the centre of the picture women are carrying a flag for ‘Finland’ – and behind the procession stretches way back into the distance. Very good with a slight crease to the top left-hand corner where it has been held in an album. Unposted                                                                                                      £120


  1. WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE CORONATION PROCESSION 17 JUNE 1911 [13979] Photograph by H Searjeant, 159 Ladbroke Grove, showing a section of the ‘Historical Pageant’ element of the procession. This came just before the ‘Representatives of countries where women have the vote’ shown in #187 and illustrated how women in the past had weilded political power. Abbesses are processing to the left of the image and in the centre a marcher holds a bannerette declaring that Alice de Bigad Countess Marshall sent two representatives to Parliament in the reign of Edward III. Fine – unposted                                                               £120



Suffrage Postcards

Suffrage Artists’ cards


  1. COMPANIONS IN DISGRACE [14026] – the sweet girl graduate stands, robed, alongside a convict in his arrowed suit. The heading is ‘Polling Booth’ and the caption ‘Companions in Disgrace’ refers to  their shared characteristic. The verse below explains further: ‘Convicts and Women kindly note,/ Are not allowed to have the vote…’ etc. Published by the Artists’ Suffrage League. Good – the card’s shiny surface is a little yellowing on the right-hand side – unposted                                                                                       £85


  1. IS THIS RIGHT? [14025] Working woman, with laden basket braced on her shoulders, stands in the rain addressing prosperous man who stands under his open umbrella labelled ‘Franchise’. She asks ‘Why can’t I have an umbrella too? The Voter (for that is what the man is) replies, ‘You can’t. You ought to stop at home’. The woman expostulates, ‘Stop at home indeed! I have my Living to earn’. The artist is Mary Lowndes and the card was published by the Artists’ Suffrage League. Fine – unposted                                              £150


  1. MRS POYSER AGAIN [14024] ‘I’m not dnyin’ the women are foolish. The Almighty made ’em to match the men.’ Mrs Poyser is a character from ‘Adam Bede’ – a woman with a rough exterior and a heart of gold. Here is is indicating the House of Commons (‘the men’) as she holds up her ‘No Taxation without Representation’ standard. The card was published by the Artists’ Suffrage League and was posted in, I think, June 1909 to Miss Allwood at the Dairy College, Kingston, Derby, and the sender notes ‘Bought this at a Woman’s Suffrage Garden Fete.’ Fair – a little creased – unusual                                                       £85


  1. OXFORD WOMEN STUDENTS’ SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE [13976] A colour photograph of the banner designed for the Oxford Women’s Students’ Society for Women’s Suffrage – designed for them by Edmund New. His signature and ‘1912’ are printed under the image. On the reverse is printed ‘Published by the Oxford Women Students’ Society for Women’s Suffrage by permission of Edmund H. New’. Fine – unposted – scarce                                                                                                                     £100


  1. POLLING STATION [14019] A policeman stands guard as all types of men make their way into the polling station while women – including a mother, a graduate, a nurse and an artist are forbidden to enter. Published by the Suffrage Atelierne – unposted – scarce                                                                  £150


  1. SEVEN TO TWO! [14010] Silhouette figures – 2 women stand to one side while 7 men, their trades or professions identified by their clothing, make their way to the Polling Station. The caption explains ‘Seven to eight million men have VOTES. Only one-and-a-half to two million women would be entitled to vote if what we are asking for is granted.’ An attempt to allay the fear that women would dominate the electorate if the Conciliation Bill was passed. Published by the Artists’ Suffrage League. Fine – unposted             £120


  1. THE ANTI-SUFFRAGIST [13969] as a butterfly on a card by the artist, Ernestine Mills. The accompanying verse, ‘I don’t want to fly’, said she ‘I only want to squirm’/She drooped her wings defectedly/But still her voice was firm/’I do not want to be a fly/I want to be a worm….’ is by Charlotte Perkins Stetson (Gilman). A pretty coloured card – published herself by Ernestine Mills. Fine – unposted                               £120


  1. THE APPEAL OF WOMANHOOD [13953] Black and white card by Louise Jacobs depicting ‘Womanhood’ hold a scroll saying ‘We Want the Vote to Stop the White Slave Traffic, Sweated Labour, and to Save the Children’. Behind ‘Womanhood’ are an array of downtrodden women and behind them the Houses of Paliament. This image was issued as a riposte to a similar one carrying the anti-suffrage message ‘No Votes Thank You’. Published by the Suffrage Atelier. In fine condition – scarce                                      £150


  1. THOMSON-PRICE, Louisa Types of Anti-Suffragists [14015] ‘The gentleman who thinks that ‘Women have no right to Vote because they can’t defend their Country.’  The gentleman is a weedy pen-pusher. Louisa Thomson-Price was an early member of the Women’s Freedom Le’ague, became a consultant editor of its paper, ‘The Vote’,  and was a director of Minerva Publishing, publisher of the paper. She contributed a series of cartoons – including this one – in 1909/10. Louisa Thomson Price took part in the WFL picket of the House of Commons and was very much in favour of this type of militancy. Very good  – scarce                                   £120


  1. THOMSON-PRICE, Louisa Types of Anti-Suffragists [14016] ‘The gentleman who thinks that women ought not to work and therefore under-pays his typist’.  The gentleman depicted is clearly a plutocrat. Louisa Thomson-Price was an early member of the Women’s Freedom League, became a consultant editor of its paper, ‘The Vote’,  and was a director of Minerva Publishing, publisher of the paper. She contributed a series of cartoons – including this one – in 1909/10. Louisa Thomson Price took part in the WFL picket of the House of Commons and was very much in favour of this type of militancy. Very good – scarce                                    £120


  1. ‘WHO SPENDS THE TAXES?’ [14009] is the caption – and the printed message down the right-hand side is ‘No Representation’. A little girl, pushing her doll in a pushchair, addresses a boy as he is about to enter a shop. He says ‘Look here – I’m going in here to spend my penny and your penny – I shall buy just what I like with them ’cause I’m a man, and you’ll have to stay outside and take what I geet you, ’cause you’re only a woman’. The artist was H.S. Adkins and the card was published by the Artists’ Suffrage League. The card has a message on the back – but must have been sent in an envelope as it is unstamped and unfranked. Very good                                                                                                                                                            £150


  1. WRIGHT, Poyntz [14005] is the artist of a black and white card showing the angel of ‘Women’s Suffrage’ holding back the bat-winged demon of ‘Prejudice’. In the background lie the Houses of Parliament. The image was published on the front cover of ‘The Vote’ on 8 June 1912. Fine condition – very scarce.    £120


  1. YOUNG NEW ZEALAND [13997] cycles on her modern bicycle with its two wheels equal in size. The front one is labelled ‘Male and Female’ and the back one ‘Equal Electoral Rights’.  She calls out to old John Bull who is struggling atop a penny farthing, ‘Oh Grandpapa! what a funny old machine. Why don’t you get one like mine?’ The artist is JHD [Joan Harvey Drew]. Published by the Artists’ Suffrage League. Very good- unposted – v scarce                                                                                                                            £120



Suffrage Postcards

Comic Commercial


  1. ARE WE DOWNHEARTED? NO! [13603] Black and white postcard by Donald McGill – suffragette, holding on to her ‘Votes for Women’ banner, is carried into the Police Court by a policeman – her bottom very much to the fore – her umbrella fallen to the ground. Good –  posted in Battersea on, I think, 24 December 1906                                                                                                                                                              £45


  1. ‘AT THE SUFFRAGETTE MEETINGS [13612] you can hear some plain things – and see them too!’ – is the caption to a card showing depictions of suffragettes as buck-toothed old maids. Very good – unposted                                                                                                                                                              £45


  1. BUT SURELY MY GOOD WOMAN DON’T YOU YEARN FOR SOMETHING … [13649] The suffragettes are canvassing on the doorstep.  The artist is Arthur Moreland; the publisher is C.W. Faulkner. Very good – unposted                                                                                                                                  £45


  1. ‘HI! MISS! YER TROWSERS IS A-COMING DOWN’ [12507] shouts tyke to elegant young woman sporting ‘harem’ trousers. Pre-First World War, pub by Felix McGlennon. Not actually ‘suffrage’ but of the time. Very good – very glossy                                                                                                                      £25


  1. I PROTEST AGAINST MAN-MADE LAWS [13648] The suffragette is in the dock. Artist is Arthur Moreland; publisher C.W. Faulkner. Very good – unposted                                                               £45


  1. NOW MADAM – WILL YOU GO QUIETLY OR SHALL I HAVE TO USE FORCE? [13650] The suffragette is interrupting a meeting. Artist is Arthur Moreland; publisher is C.W. Faulkner. Fair – unposted                                                                                                                                                              £35


  1. ONCE I GET MY LIBERTY, NO MORE WEDDING BELLS FOR ME! [13999] says harrassed dad as his wife walks out the door, leaving him to care for the babies. On the wall is a ‘Votes for Women’ poster. This is an American card sent from Washington to Illinois – but the message carried in the picture is very similar to those of British cards                                                                                                                      £35


  1. PETTICOAT GOVERNMENT [14096] presumably the result of enfranchising women – Wife wields poker as her husband crawls out from under the tea table. She says, ‘Come along, come along, come along do, I’ve been waiting here for you’. Good – posted from London to Wincanton on 24 June 1911          £10


  1. SOUTHWOLD EXPRESS [13658] ‘A slight engine trouble causes a delay – but is soon remedied’ is the caption. The artist/publisher is Reg Carter – in the ‘Sorrows of Southwold’ series. There are a number of joky cards about the Southwold train. In this one a suffragette sitting in a tree is taking advantage of a breakdown to lob a bomb – shouting ‘Votes for Women’. Very good                                                                   £35


  1. ‘SUFFRAGETTENSTREICHE’ [14164] a most unusual postcard, published by Verlag G. Horváth, Wien VI, Hirschengasse 15. The front is for the address and then it opens out to display a double-page of a marching song – ‘Suffragettenstreiche’ – words and music. The words are, of course, German – and speak of the police seeking in vain for suffragettes – until at last they make a triumphant arrest. Within the song is a plug for Wiktorin lamps – with a note to the address of the company – Wiktorin & Co, Wien V./2. My German is non-existent and Google Translate isn’t really able to cope with the colloquialisms of such a song, so the opportunity is here for someone more knowledgeable to uncover the story. The words and music carry onto the back page and towards the bottom is a space for ‘Gruss’ – ‘Greetings’.
    There was a 1913 French film, ‘Mefaits des suffragettes’ that was released in Germany as ‘Suffragetten-streiche’, which in turn translates as ‘Suffragette Pranks’, although whether or not this song has anything to do with the film, I don’t know. The publisher, Geza Horváth, was Hungarian born but lived in Vienna where he worked as a composer and arranger and ran a music school.. On the card the name of the composer is given as ‘Jul. Holzer’, which was a German translation of Horváth’s name. So we have him as both the composer of the music and the publisher of the card.
    A most unusual card – both in form and content. I certainly have never seen another example.        £95


  1. THE SUFFRAGETTE Addresses a meeting of Citizens [13620] A card from a Raphael Tuck series. ‘the Suffragette’ – masculinized, wild-eyed, and wearing a boater and tie harangues a few snotty-nosed childrenIn Raphael Tuck ‘The Suffragette’ Good – posted in 1908                                                    £45


  1. ‘THE SUFFRAGIST’ [14004] is caption to ink drawing on a post-card shaped board. There she is waving her umbrella as she addresses an audience (of men) at an indoor meeting. She is wearing a boater and looks wild and fierce. Behind her is a ‘Votes for Women’ poster. Unique                             £60 SOLD


  1. THEM PESKY SUFFRAGETTES WANTS EVERYTHING FOR THEMSELVES [14000] says old man confronted with a door labelled ‘For Ladies Only’. A US postcard. Fine – unposted          £30


  1. A THING OF THE PAST, OLD DEAR. [13667] Harridan – wispy hair, big feet, short skirt – being carried off by policeman – while her companion, with ‘Votes for Women’ placard, looks on. Fair – a little creased – an English card originally but issued here, I think, by an American publisher. Certainly it was posted in the US to a Nevada address in 1908                                                                                                               £20


  1. THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MAN BUILT [13550] ‘And these are the members who’ve been sitting late/Coming out arm in arm, from a lengthy debate…’ Fashionably dressed couple, he in top hat and frock coat emerge, engaged in reasonable discussion, from the Houses of Parliament. An ink line at under the text carries the message ‘Will we ever live to see this.’ In BB London Series. Very good – posted in Clapton on 12 May 1909.                                                                                                                                                    £45


  1. THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MAN BUILT [13552] ‘And this is the home of the poor suffragette/And there’s room for a great many more of them in it yet…’ Burly suffragette being taken in hand by a policeman – with the towers of Holloway in the background. In BB London series. Very good- unposted         £45


  1. THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MAN BUILT [13610] ‘The House that our statesmen for years have controlled/Ruling the world with mind fearless and bold/Can Woman expect to rule such a House/She that’s afraid of a poor little mouse….’ Suffragettes stands on stool as mouse scuttles past – with House of Commons in background. Good – posted 1912                                                                                                   £45


  1. VALENTINE SERIES:COMPARISONS The Attitude of Politicians towards Women’s Suffrage [13808] 1) At Election Time (when the politician willingly accepts a petition) 2) At Westminster (when a policeman holds the suffragette back as she tries to present a petition to an MP). Staged photographic scenes in colour. Very good -uncommon – unposted                                                                                         £38


  1. VALENTINE SUFFRAGETTE SERIES Gimme a Vote You Cowards [13605] Printed in red and balck on white – policemen have a suffragette flat on the ground – while other comrades demosntrate around. Good – has been posted, but stamp removed                                                                                      £45


  1. VALENTINE SUFFRAGETTE SERIES Give Us a Vote Ducky! Oh do, There’s a Dear [13606] wheedle three women as they make up to an aging gent. The caption reads ‘Why not try the Good Old Way?’ The sender has added little ink comments of her own (at least I think the sender was a woman). Good. Posted on 17 August 1907.                                                                                                                             £45


  1. VALENTINE SUFFRAGETTE SERIES Safe in the Arms of a Policeman[13604] Printed in red and black on white – dishevelled viragos are carried away by red-faced policemen. Good £45


  1. VALENTINE’S SERIES An Appeal to John Bull [13811] The epigraph is :’The woman’s cause is man’s; they rise or fall/Together, dwarfed or godlike, bound or free’. Tennyson.The suffragette in prison holds out her hands for help from a surly John Bull who has turned his back to her. Staged photographic scene in colour. Good – with a spot of surface lost near the bottom of the card and graze to a piece of the text       £45


  1. VALENTINE’S SERIES A Suffragette in Prison [13812] ‘The long dark night is almost gone,/And freedom’s morn is drawing near;/From prison cell she sees the dawn/Of woman’s liberty appear’ is the caption. Staged photographic scene – of suffragette standing on her stool to look out of the window of her cell – in colour. Good -with a spot of the surface lost near the bottom of the card and slight marking to left of text. Unposted                                                                                                                                             £38


  1. VALENTINE’S SERIES The Visiting Magistrate (Scene, In Holloway Prison) [13813] Magistrate: ‘What can I do for you? Have you any complaints to make?’ Suffragette: ‘Yes, I have one demand – Votes for Women’. Staged photographic scene in colour. Very good – unposted                                              £38


  1. VALENTINE’S SERIES:COMPARISONS Comparisons are Odious [13809] 1) The male political prisoner (sits in his cell equipped with bookcase, wine and cigar) 2) The female political prisoner (the suffragette sits in her bare cell holding her duster and skilly).Staged photographic scenes in colour. Very good – uncommon – unposted                                                                                                                                            £38


  1. VALENTINE’S SERIES:COMPARISONS Oh, what a Difference! [13810] 1) Reception of a Constitutional Deputation to the British Parliament at Westminster (the suffragettes, holding their petition, approach a line of policemen – beneath a sign saying ‘St Stephens 1/4 mile’ 2) Its result (the suffragette is marched away by the police. Staged photographic scenes in colour. Fine – uncommon – unposted                 £50


  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN: OUR VIEWS AT SOUTHEND-ON-SEA [13944] Sufragette with purple, white and green ribbon around her hat and a purple, white and green tie is holding a ‘Votes for Women’ placard (which incorporates the Sylvia Pankhurst-designed angel motif), advertising ‘Our Views at Southend-on-Sea’. Behind are two photos of Southend’s pier and front. Similar cards were produced for various other seaside resorts.                                                                                                                                                 £35


  1. WHEN WOMEN VOTE: Washing Day [13636] Father is in the kitchen bathing baby, while his wife and her friends sit in the parlour playing cards and eating chocolates – commenting ‘Yes, my old man is a lazy old wretch’. And that’s what will happen when women have the vote. Mitchell and Watkins series. Posted in 1908                                                                                                                                                     £45


General Non-fiction


  1. 500 HOUSEWIVES Five Hundred Household Hints Country Life 1926 [13563] The hints originated in ‘House & Garden’ – supplied by readers. Very good £8


  1. ALLEN, Jennifer (ed) Lesbian Philosophies and Cultures State University of New York Press 1990 [5164] Paper covers – very good £5


  1. ALLSOPP, Anne The Education and Employment of Girls in Luton, 1874-1924: widening opportunities and lost freedoms Boydell Press/Bedfordshire Historical Record Society 2005 [10963] Examines the education of Luton girls and its relationship with employment opportunities. Mint in d/w £20


  1. ANDREWS, Maggie The Acceptable Face of Feminism: the Women’s Institute as a social movement Lawrence & Wishart 1997 [9533] Soft covers – mint £9


  1. ANON Enquire Inside For Everything You Want to Know In Your Domestic and Social Life W. Foulsham no date [1930s?] [13576] Paper covers – good – some foxing £4


  1. Anon The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Shopping Retail Trading Standards Association no date [1935] [13564] ‘How to be sure of getting value for money. How to be sure of distinguising good quality from bad. How to be sure of paying the right price.’ Card covers – very good £10


  1. ANON You And I Cookery Book: an effort to meet a need in the cheapest form Birling Publishing Co no date [1930s?/1940s?] [13577] A spin-off of the ‘You and I’ magazine, published in connected with the YWCA. ‘Over 1000 carefully seleccted household hints and reccipes’. I can’t work out when this was published – it contains several recipes with ‘War-time’ in their titles – but am not sure if this is looking back to WW1 or whether it was published during WW2. But others seem to use a surprising amount of sugar and eggs for cooking in a time of strict rationing. But, whenever, ‘Economy’, was the watchword. Paper covers – front cover present but detached – back cover missing £2


  1. BALFOUR, Margaret and YOUNG, Ruth The Work of Medical Women in India OUP 1929 [14125] With a foreword by Mary Scharlieb. Very good internally – cloth covers good – extremely scarce £55


  1. BASCH, Françoise Relative Creatures: Victorian women in society and the novel Schocken Books 1974 [13467] Very good £4


  1. (BERRY) Lewis Melville (ed) The Berry Papers: being the correspondence hitherto unpublished of Mary and Agnes Berry (1763-1852) John Lane 1914 [13674] Most engaging letters. With numerous illustrations. Very good £18


  1. BERRY, Mrs Edward And MICHAELIS, Madame (eds) 135 Kindergarten Songs and Games Charles and Dible, no date [1881] [9035] ‘These songs are printed to supply a want in English Kindergartens’ – the music is, of course, included – as are movement instructions. Mme Michaelis ran the Croydon Kindergarten. Very good £48


  1. BLACK, Clementina Sweated Industry and the Minimum Wage Duckworth 1907 [11756] With an introduction by A.G. Gardiner, chairman of the executive committee of the National Anti-Sweating League £45


  1. BLAIR, Kirstie Form & Faith in Victorian Poetry & Religion OUP 2012 [13693] By assessing the discourses of church architecture and liturgy the author demonstrates that Victorian poets both reflected on and affected ecclesiastical practices – and then focuses on particular poems to show how High Anglican debates over formal worship were dealt with by Dissenting, Broad Church, and Roman Catholic poets and other writers. Features major poets such as the Browning, Tennyson, Hopkins, Rossetti and Hardy – as well as many minor writers. Mint in d/w (pub price £62) £35


  1. BLUM, Deborah Ghost Hunters Century 2006 [9861] Study of the Society for Psychical Research, founded in 1882. Soft covers – mint £4


  1. BOARD OF EDUCATION Special Reports on Educational Subjects vol 15 HMSO 1905 [12182] ‘School Training for the Home Duties of Women. part 1 The Teaching of “Domestic Science” in the United States of America’. Exhaustive – 374pp – paper covers – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. £10


  1. BOARD OF EDUCATION Special Reports on Educational Subjects vol 19 HMSO 1907 [12233] ‘School Training for the Home Duties of Women. Part III The Domestic Training of Girls in Germany and Austria’. Paper wrappers marked and worn -internally good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £8


  1. Boucé, Paul-Gabriel (ed) Sexuality in 18th-century Britain Manchester University Press 1982 [11034] Includes essays by Roy Porter, Ruth Perry and Pat Rogers – among others. Very good in d/w £24


  1. BRAITHWAITE, Brian And BARRELL, Joan The Business of Women’s Magazines Kogan Page, 2nd ed 1988 [13721] Fine £8


  1. BRANDON, Ruth Other People’s Daughters: the life and times of the governess Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2008 [11942] Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £12


  1. BRITTAIN, Vera Lady Into Woman: a history of women from Victoria to Elizabeth II Andrew Dakers 1953 [13161] Good – though ex-public library £8


  1. BRUMBERG, Joan Jacobs Fasting Girls: the history of anorexia nervosa Vintage 2000 [11925] Soft covers – fine £8


  1. BRYANT, Margaret The Unexpected Revolution: a study in the history of the education of women and girls in the nineteenth century University of London Institute of Education [14116] An excellent study. Soft covers – fine £18


  1. BURSTALL, Sara A. The Story of the Manchester High School for Girls 1871-1911 Manchester University Press 1911 [9219] Cover marked and faded – internally very good. Scarce       £38 SOLD


  1. BY THE AUTHOR OF ENQUIRE WITHIN UPON EVERYTHING The Reason Why: Domestic Science Houlston & Sons c 1900? reprint [13573] First published in 1869 to give ‘Intelligible Reasons for the Various Duties which a Housewife has to Perform’. Introducing ‘science’ into the ‘domestic’. Answers to such questions as ‘Why does flesh when much boiled become tasteless and stringy?’; ‘Why do we blow the fire?’; ‘Why should hair too distant from the eyebrows be parted only in the centre?’; ‘Why is it necessar to turn mattresses at frequent intervals’ etc etc. Good £8


  1. BYRNE, Katherine Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination CUP 2010 [13430] Explores the representations of tuberculosis in 19th-century literature and culture. fears about gender roles, degeneration, national efficiency and sexual transgression all play their part in the portrayal of ‘consumption’, a disease which encompassed a variety of cultural associations. Mint in d/w (pub price £55) £35


  1. CALVERTON, V.F. and SCHMALHAUSEN, S.D. (eds) Sex in Civilsation Macaulay Co (NY) 1929 (reprint) [12650] With an introduction by Havelock Ellis. Contributors include Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Margaret Sanger. Good – 719pp – heavy                                            £12


  1. CHAPMAN, Beatrice Wallis And CHAPMAN, Mary Wallis Status of Women Under English Law: a compendious epitome of legislative enactments and social and political events arranged as a continuous narrative with references to authorities and acts of Parliament George Routledge 1909 [13800] ‘..rendering easily accessible the main facts of the political position of women from 1066 to the present-day.’ Good – and scarce. £65


  1. CHAPONE, Mrs On the Improvement of the Mind together with Dr Gregory’s, Legacy to His Daughters and Lady Pennington’s, Advice to Her Absent Daughter, with An Additional letter on the Management and Education of Infant Children  Scott, Webster and Geary, no date c. 1835 [9555] A compendium of Good Conduct – a ‘four in one’. With engraved frontispiece and title page -good  in slightly rubbed half leather and marbled boards                                                                                                                                    £38


  1. CHASE, Ellen Tenant Friends in Old Deptford Williams and Norgate 1929 [13804] With an introduction from the work of Octavia Hill. Ellen Chase (1863-1949) was an American who in 1886 came over from Boston to work with Octavia Hill. The book begins with a chapter describing ‘The management of houses on the Octavia Hill plan’ and ends with ‘Notes on house management’ – in between are descriptions of life in the slum ‘courts’ of Deptford. This copy bears the ownership inscription of ‘Elizabeth Sturge 2 Durdham Park Bristol’ (a house that, incidentally, now bears a blue plaque recording her occupancy) – one of Bristol’s pioneers in the field of women’s suffrage and women’s education Very good – scarce £85


  1. CLAPP, Elizabeth and JEFFREY, Julie Roy (eds) Women, Dissent and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865 OUP 2011 [13422] Essays by David Turley, Timothy Whelan, Alison Twells, Clare Midgeley, Carol Lasser, Julie Roy Jeffrey, Stacey robertson and Judie Newman – with an Introduction by Elizabeth Clapp. Mint in d/w (pub price £60) £25


  1. CLARKE, Patricia The Governesses: letters from the colonies 1862-1882 Hutchinson 1985 [12463] Fine in fine d/w £7


  1. COHEN, Monica Professional Domesticity in the Victorian Novel: women, work and home CUP 1998 [12419] Offers new readings of narratives by Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Dickens, George Eliot, Emily Eden etc to show how domestic work, the most feminine of all activities, gained much of its social credibility by positioning itself in relation to the emergent professions. Soft cover – fine £25


  1. COLLET, Clara Report by Miss Collet of the Statistics of Employment of Women and Girls HMSO 1894 [7203] Report prepared under the aegis of the Board of Trade – Employment of Women (Labour Department). Very good – 152pp – bound into new protective card covers £65


  1. COLLET, Clara Report by Miss Collet on the Money Wages of Indoor Domestic Servants HMSO 1899 [7207] Women workers were in the overwhelming majority of those considered in this report. Fascinating information. Very good in original card covers £55


  1. CORNFORD, L. Cope And YERBURY, F.R. Roedean School Ernest Benn 1927 [4826] Large format – heavily illustrated – photographs and line drawings – good internally, spine cloth split £5


  1. CRAIG, Elizabeth Housekeeping Collins 1947 [13047] With many photographs. In ‘Elizabeth Craig’s Household Library’ series. Good in torn d/w £8


  1. CRAWFORD, Elizabeth Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle Francis Boutle 2009 (r/p) [12677] Pioneering access to education at all levels for women, including training for the professions, the women of the Garrett circle opened the way for women to gain employment in medicine, teaching, horticulture and interiior design – and were also deeply involved in the campaign for women’s suffrage. Soft covers, large format, over 70 illustrations. Mint – new book £25


  1. DAVID, Deirdre (ed) The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel CUP 2012 (2nd ed) [13411] This second edition includes essays by Kate Flint, Caroline Levine, Nancy Armstrong, Lyn Pykett and Clare Pettit – amongst others. Soft covers – mint £15


  1. DAVIES, Emily Thoughts On Some Questions Relating to Women, 1860-1908 Bowes and Bowes (Cambridge) 1910 [13774] A selection of papers written by Emily Davies between 1860 and 1908. This copy bears the ink ms. inscription ‘Presented by Rev J. Ll. Davies D.D. This name, however, has been mistranscribed on label of The Working Men’s College Library – to which it was presented – as ‘Rev J.H. Davies D.D.’. John Llewelyn Davies was, of course, the very influential, liberal and supportive brother of Emily Davies. First edition, maroon cloth on cover a little marked and with a stain on free front endpapers. Otherwise clean and tight – with excellent photograph of Miss Davies as frontispiece. A scarce book £80


  1. DICKENS, Andrea Janelle Female Mystic: great women thinkers of the Middle Ages I.B. Tauris 2009 [11947] Soft covers – fine £10


  1. DON VANN, J. and VANARSDEL, Rosemary T. (eds) Periodicals of Queen Victoria’s Empire: an exploration University of Toronto Press 1996 [9600] Fine in fine d/w £18


  1. DYHOUSE, Carol Feminism and the Family in England 1880-1939 Basil Blackwell 1989 [11224] Soft covers – very good £12


  1. ELLIS, Mrs Sarah Stickney The Select Works Henry G. Langley (New York) 1844 [11234] Includes ‘The Poetry of Life’, ‘Pictures of Private Life’, ‘A Voice From the Vintage, on the force of example addressed to those who think and feel’
    Good in original decorative cloth £48


  1. FINDLAY, J.J. (ed) The Young Wage-Earner and the Problem of His Education: essays and reports Sigwick and Jackson 1918 [8026] For ‘His Education’ read also ‘Hers’. The essays include: ‘From Home Life to Industrial Life: with special reference to adolescent girls, by James Shelley, prof of education, University College, Southampton; ‘The Young Factory Girl’ by emily Matthias, superintendent of women employees, the Phoenix Dynamo Manufacturing Co, Bradford and the reports include: ‘Working Girls and Trade Schools (London)’ by Theodora Pugh and ‘The Sons and Daughters of Farming Folk’ by J.J. Findlay. Very good


  1. FREVERT, Ute Women in German History: from bourgeois emancipation to sexual liberation Berg 1989 [5066] Fine in d/w £8


  1. FRYE, Susan And ROBERTSON, Karen (Eds) Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: women’s alliances in early modern England OUP 1999 [7435] A collection of essays exploring how early modern women associated with other women in a variety of roles, from alewives to midwives, prostitutes to pleasure seekers, slaves to queens, serving maids to ladies in waiting …’. Fine £28


  1. GATHORNE-HARDY, Jonathan The Rise and Fall of the British Nanny Victorian (& Modern History) Book Club 1972 [2578] Good in d/w £3


  1. GILBERT, Sandra And GUBAR, Susan No Man’s Land: the place of the woman writer in the twentieth century Yale University Press 1994 [8899] Vol 3 – ‘Letters From the Front’ .477pp – mint in d/w £25


  1. GOLDSMITH, Margaret Women and the Future Lindsay Drummond 1946 [12101] A study of what the position was likely to be in the post-Second World War world. Scarce.Fine – in very slightly chipped d/w £25


  1. GOLLANCZ, Victor (ed) The Making of Women: Oxford essays in feminism Allen & Unwin 2n ed, 1918 [13782] Contributions from, among others, Maude Royden and Eleanor Rathbone. Good – scarce £65


  1. HARTLEY, C. GASQUOINE Motherhood and the Relationship of the Sexes Eveleigh Nash 1917 [13724] Includes a chapter ‘The Position of Women as Affected by the War’. Good – uncommon £10


  1. HASLETT, Caroline Teach Yourself Household Electricity English Universities Press, 3rd ed 1953 [14121] ‘It is but a short span in time since electric cookers and fires, vacuum-cleaners and washing-machines were timidly approached novelties, since electricity in the home meant electric light and little else; yet see to-day how far the well-electrified home outstrips these meagre limitations, how commonplace a sight is a well-equipped kitchen’. Good in torn d/w £5


  1. HASLETT, Caroline (ed) The Electrical Handbook For Women The English Universities Press Ltd, 3rd ed 1939 [14122] Packed with information – diagrams and photographs. Very good in chipped d/w £12


  1. HELSINGER, Elizabeth Et Al (eds) The Woman Question: Social Issues, 1837-1883 Manchester University Press 1983 [12150] Volume II of ‘The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883’. Fine £15


  1. HELSINGER, Elizabeth K. Et Al (eds) The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883 Manchester University Press 1983 [12151] Vol 1, ‘Defining Voices’. Focuses on representative texts, figures and controversies for what they reveal about the general character of the Woman Question rather than their historical connections with earlier and later phases of the debate. Fine £15


  1. HESSELGRAVE, Ruth Avaline Lady Miller and the Batheaston Literary Circle Yale University Press 1927 [3020] An 18th-century Bath literary salon. Lady Miller was the first English woman to describe her travels in Italy. Fine £55


  1. HILL, Georgiana Women in English Life: from mediaeval to modern times Richard Bentley 1896 [10453] An excellent study – in two volumes. Most of the second volume is devoted to the position of women at the end of the 19th century – written by one who was very much involved with the woman’s movement. Very good – a little bumped at top and bottom of spine. A scarce set £75


  1. HOFFMAN, P.C. They Also Serve: the story of the shop worker Porcupine Press 1949 [13735] Soft covers – very good £8


  1. HOLCOMBE, Lee Victorian Ladies at Work: middle-class working women in England and Wales 1850-1914 David & Charles 1973 [11226] Very good in chipped d/w £25


  1. HOLDSWORTH, Angela Out of the Doll’s House: the story of women in the 20th century BBC 1988 (r/p) [4809] Paper covers – very good £5


  1. HOLLIS, Patricia Ladies Elect: women in English local government 1865-1914 OUP 1987 [13264] Excellent study. Paper covers – good – now a scarce book £23


  1. HOLT, Anne A Ministry To The Poor: being a history of the Liverpool Domestic Mission Society, 1836-1936 Henry Young (Liverpool) 1936 [9243] Very good – scarce £45


  1. HORSFIELD, Margaret Biting the Dust: the joys of housework Fourth Estate 1997 [10183] Mint in d/w £5


  1. (HUTCHINSON) Kathleen Coburn (ed) The Letters of Sara Hutchinson from 1800 to 1835 Routledge 1954 [9604] Friend of Mary and William Wordsworth – loved by Coleridge. Good £18


  1. JAMES, Selma Sex, Race and Class Falling Wall Press 1975 [13193] Paper covers – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £5


  1. JEFFREYS, Sheila The Spinster and Her Enemies: feminism and sexuality 1880-1930 Pandora 1985 [12445] Soft covers – fine £8


  1. JOHNSON, Patricia E. Hidden Hands: working-class women and Victorian social-problem fiction Ohio University Press 2001 [10784] ‘Argues that the female industrial worker became more dangerous to represent than the prostitute or the male radical because the worker exposed crucial contradictions between the class and gender ideologies of the period and its economic realities’. Soft covers – mint £15


  1. KAPLAN, Cora Sea Changes: culture and feminism Verso 1986 [12414] Soft covers – fine £8


  1. KAPLAN, Gisela Contemporary Western European Feminism Allen & Unwin 1992 [4983] Fine in d/w £5


  1. KENEALY, Arabella Feminism and Sex-Extinction E.P. Dutton & Co (NY) 1920 [12107] Anti-feminist eugenicist polemic. US edition is scarce. Very good internally – cloth cover a little bumped and rubbed                                                                                                                                                              £25


  1. KERTZER, David and BARBAGLIO, Marzio (eds) Family Life in the Long Nineteenth Century 1789-1913 Yale University Press 2002 [11037] A collection of essays under the headings: Economy and Family Organization: State, Religion, Law and the Family; Demographic Forces; Family Relations. 420pp Heavy. Mint in d/w £18


  1. KIRKHAM, Margaret Jane Austen, Feminism and Fiction Harvester 1983 [12415] Soft covers – fine £10


  1. KLEIN, Viola Working Wives: a survey of facts and opinions concerning the gainful employment of married women in Britain Institute of Personnel Management no date (1960) [12267] A survey carried out in co-operation with Mass Observation Ltd. Paper covers faded – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £10


  1. LEE, Julia Sun-Joo The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel OUP 2010 [13436] Investigates the shaping influence of the American slave narrative on the Victorian novel in the years between the British Abolition Act and the American Emancipation Proclamation – and argues that Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Thackeray and Dickens integrated into their works generic elements of the slave narrative. Mint in d/w (pub price £40) £15


  1. LEVINE, Philippa Victorian Feminism 1850-1900 Hutchinson 1987 [13727] Paper covers – very good £5


  1. LEWIS, Judith Schneid In the Family Way: childbearing in the British aristocracy, 1760-1860 Rutgers University Press 1986 [8652] Very good in slightly chipped d/w £25


  1. LLEWELYN DAVIES, Margaret (ed) Life As We Have Known it by Co-operative Working Women Virago 1977 [13729] First published in 1931- with an introduction by Virginia Woolf. Soft covers – good £5


  1. LLEWELYN DAVIES, Margaret (ed) Maternity: letters from working women collected by the Women’s Co-operative Guild Virago 1984 (r/p) [12143] First published in 1915. Soft covers – very good £8


  1. LOANE, M. An Englishman’s Castle Edward Arnold 1909 [9060] Martha Loane was a district nurse – this study of the homes of the poor is the result of her social investigation. Good £18


  1. LOFTIE, W.J. A Plea for Art in the House: with special reference to the economy of collecting works of art, and the importance of taste in education and morals Macmillan 1879 (r/p) [13338] First published in 1876 – around the same time as Rhoda and Agnes Garrett’s book in the same series ‘Art at Home’ – and evincing many of the same touchstone’s of taste in home decoration. Goodish – a little rubbed and bumped £18


  1. LOOTENS, Tricia Lost Saints: silence, gender, and Victorian literary canonization University Press of Virginia 1996 [12398] Fine in d/w £35


  1. LYNCH, Mary Sewing Made Easy The World’s Work 1940 [13572] Co-published with Garden City Books (NY). How to make your 1940 costume – acknowledgement is made to Simplicity Patterns many of whose patterns are included in the book. Very good – large format £8


  1. MCCANN, Jean Thomas Howell and the School at Llandaff D. Brown (Cowbridge) 1972 [10608] Good – ex-university library £15


  1. MACCARTHY, B.G. The Female Pen; women writers and novelists 1621-1818 Cork University Press 1994 [12412] First published in 1944, this edition with an introduction by Janet Todd. Soft covers – 530pp – fine £12


  1. MCGREGOR, O.R. Divorce in England: a centenary study Heinemann 1957 [10426] Very good in d/w £10


  1. McMILLAN, Margaret The Child and the State The National Labour Press 1911 [11641] In which she advocated giving poor children a more broad and humane education than they currently were receiving. Vol 9 in the Socialist Library series. Card covers – very good £28


  1. MCQUISTON, Liz Women in Design: a contemporary view Trefoil 1988 [5013] Highlights the work of 43 designers from Britain, the US, Europe and Japan. Very good in d/w £5


  1. MALMGREEN, Gail Neither Bread nor Roses: utopian feminists and the English working class, 1800-1850 John L. Noyce (Brighton). 1978 (r/p) [9147] A ‘Studies in Labour’ pamphlet – 44pp. Soft covers – very good £15


  1. MALVERY, Olive Christian Baby Toilers Hutchinson 1907 [8216] A study of the child workers of Edwardian Britain. Good £38


  1. MANNIN, Ethel Practitioners of Love: some aspects of the human phenomenon Hutchinson 1969 [2689] A study of ‘Civilised Man’s inordinate capacity for the biological and psychological process called “falling in love”‘. Perhaps Ethel Mannin is ripe for reappraisal. Very good in d/w £3


  1. MARKS, Lara Metropolitan Maternity maternity and infant welfare services in early 20th century London Rodopi 1996 [11624] Soft covers – fine £22


  1. MARTIN, Jane Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian England Leicester University Press 1999 [10781] Mint (pub price £65) £35


  1. MASON, Michael The Making of Victorian Sexuality OUP 1994 [10599] Fine in d/w      £14


  1. MEWS, Hazel Frail Vessels: woman’s role in women’s novels from Fanny Burney to George Eliot Athlone Press 1969 [3801] Very good in d/w £12



  1. MINISTRY OF LABOUR & NATIONAL SERVICE Report on Post-War Organisation of Private Domestic Employment HMSO 1945 [13836] Interesting snapshot of society on the cusp of change. Paper covers – fine – 26pp £12


  1. MUMM, Susan (ed) All Saints Sisters of the Poor: an Anglican Sisterhood in the 19th century Boydel Press/Church of England Record Society 2001 [10964] A history of the Sisterhood that was founded by Harriet Brownlow Byron in 1850 to work in the slums of Marylebone – but then spread its net much wider. This volume comprises material drawn from the Sisterhood’s archives. V. interesting. Mint £30


  1. NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL 1875-1950 privately printed, no date [1950] [9612] A GPDST school. Very good internally – green cloth covers sunned – ex-university library £15


  1. ORRINSMITH, Mrs The Drawing Room: its decoration and furniture Macmillan 1877 [9344] In the ‘Art at Home’ series. ‘The author has endeavoured to give more particular directions as to the furnishing and adornment of the Drawing-Room than was possible in the Miss Garretts’ volume treating of the whole subject of ‘House Decoration’ .’ Very good – missing free front end paper many illustrations – a scarce book £45


  1. OSBORNE, Honor And MANISTY, Peggy A History of the Royal School for Daughters of Officers of the Army 1864-1965 Hodder & Stoughton 1966 [10609] Good – ex-university library £12


  1. PALMER, Beth Women’s Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture OUP 2011 [13432] Draws on extensive periodical and archival material to bring new perspectives to the study of sensation fiction in the Victorian period. Mint in d/w (pub price £60) £35


  1. PALMER, Paulina Lesbian Gothic: transgressive fictions Cassell 1999 [5267] Paper covers – mint £5


  1. PAPWORTH, L. Wyatt and ZIMMERN, Dorothy M. The Occupations of Women according to the census of England and Wales, 1911 Women’s Industrial Council 1914 [14190] Soft covers – very good – ex-Women’s Library £20


  1. PHILLIPS, M. And TOMPKINSON, W.S. English Women in Life and Letters OUP 1927 [9151] Describes the lives of Englishwomen of the past, some rich, others poor and unknown – using both historical sources and fiction – from the 14th century to the mid 19th. Very good £20


  1. PHILLIPS, Margaret Mann Willingly to School: memories of York College for Girls 1919-1924 Highgate Publications 1989 [13124] Good in card covers – though ex-library £10


  1. POOVEY, Mary Uneven Developments: the ideological work of gender in mid-Victorian England Virago 1989 [13730] Paper covers – fine £12


  1. RAPPOPORT, Jill Giving Women: alliance and exchange in Victorian culture OUP 2012 [13413] examines the literary expression and cultural consequences of English women’s giving from the 1820s to the First World War – in the work of Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Elizabeth Gaskell and Christina Rossetti – as well as in literary annuals and political pamphlets. Through giving, women redefined the primary allegiances of teh everyday lives, forged public coalitions, and advanced campaigns for abolition, slum reform, eugenics, and suffrage. Mint in d/w (pub price £45.99) £32


  1. RENDALL, Jane The Origins of Modern Feminism: women in Britain, France and the United States 1780-1860 Macmillan 1985 [9461] Soft covers – very good £15


  1. ROBINSON, Annabel, PURKIS, John, MASSING, Ann A Florentine Procession: a painting by Jane Benham Hay at Homerton College, Cambridge Homestead Press (Cambridge) 1997 [2465] A study of the Pre-raphaelite style painting and its artist – who was a friend of Bessie Rayner Parkes. With colour reproduction of the large painting. Paper covers – mint £8


  1. ROBINSON, Jane Angels of Albion: women of the Indian mutiny Viking 1996 [4240] Very good in rubbed d/w £8


  1. ROBINSON, Jane Pandora’s Daughters: the secret history of enterprising women Constable 2002 [11214] A study of 100 or so women, over 25 centuries, who chose to make an independent way through life. Fine in d/w £10


  1. ROYDEN, A. Maude Political Christianity G.P. Putnams’ 1923 (r/p) [13120] Dedicated to members of the Guildhouse congregation. Good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £8


  1. SALES, Roger Jane Austen and Representations of Regency England Routledge 1996 [11362] Soft covers – mint £15


  1. SEARLE, Arthur (ed) Barrington Family Letters 1628-1632 Royal Historical Society 1983 [10955] In the main letters to Lady Joan Barrington, the focal point of the extended family, the dowager and respected matriarch on a recognisable early 17th-century pattern. Very good £12


  1. SEIDLER, Victor The Achilles Heel Reader: men, sexual politics and socialism Routledge 1991 [5302] Paper covers – mint £5


  1. SHIMAN, Lilian Women and Leadership in Nineteenth-Century England Macmillan 1992 [4783] Fine in d/w (which has slight tear at top of spine) £28


  1. SHOWALTER, Elaine Inventing Herself: claiming a feminist intellectual heritage Picador 2001 [11934] An exploration of feminist intellectuals from the 18th century to the present – from Mary Wollstonecraft to Naomi Woolf. Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £15


  1. SPROULE, Anna The Social Calendar Blandford Press 1978 [4639] Takes us through the Season. Very good in d/w £5


  1. STAFFORD, H.M. Queenswood: the first sixty years 1894-1954 privately printed 1954 [9643] History of the school. Good – ex-college library £12


  1. STANLEY, Liz Et Al (eds) Auto/Biography: Bulletin of the British Sociological Association Study Group on Auto/Biography (1993) [10494] Vol 2, no 1 ‘Research Practices’. Soft covers – fine £9


  1. STENTON, Doris Mary The English Woman in History Allen & Unwin 1957 [8440] Good reading copy – ex-library £15


  1. TAYLOR, Barbara Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination CUP 2003 [11898] Soft covers – fine £17


  1. THE EDITOR OF ‘ENQUIRE WITHIN UPON EVERYTHING’ The Practical Housewife: a complete encyclopaedia of domestic economy and family medical guide Houlston & Sons new ed, no date [c 1890s?] [13569] ‘Will lessen the cares of domestic management, aid the practice of household economy and prove a help in many emergencies.’ The index runs from ‘Ablution, the importance of’ to ‘Zinc ointment’. Good £10


  1. THE ENGLISHWOMAN’S YEAR BOOK AND DIRECTORY 1904 A & C Black 1904 [10837] Indispensable source of information. Very good internally in library binding £80


  1. THE ENGLISHWOMAN’S YEARBOOK AND DIRECTORY 1901 A & C Black 1901 [11770] Ed by Emily Janes. Packed with information. Good internally – cloth covers marked – scarce £80


  1. THE POETRY REVIEW The Saint Catherine Press May 1912 [14151] Special ‘Women Poets’ issue. Includes articles on Christina Rossetti, Alice Meynell and Katherine Tynan – and reviews of others – such as Lady Margaret Sackville, Elizabeth Gibson Cheyne,Lilian Sauter, Zoe Akins etc. Paper covers – good £18


  1. TOBIN, Beth Fowkes Superintending the Poor: charitable ladies and paternal landlords in British fiction, 1770-1860 Yale University Press 1993 [9806] Mint in d/w £18


  1. TODD, Janet Gender, Art and Death Continuum (NY) 1993 [3972] Mint in d/w      £14


  1. TYLECOTE, Mabel The Education of Women at Manchester University 1883 to 1933 Manchester University Press 1941 [13139] With a newscutting obituary of Dame Mabel Tylecote laid in. Good – scarce £40


  1. VALENZE, Deborah The First Industrial Woman OUP 1995 [10786] Examines the underlying assumptions about gender and work that informed the transformation of English society, and in turn, ideas about economic progress. Charts the birth of a new economic order resting on social and sexual hierarchies which remain a part of our contemporary lives. Soft covers – mint £15


  1. VINCE, Mrs Millicent Decoration and Care of the Home W. Collins 1923 [12870] Mrs Vince had been a pupil of the pioneer ‘House Decorator’, Agnes Garrett. Very good in rubbed d/w £18


  1. WANDOR, Michelene Post-War British Drama: looking back in gender Routledge, revised edition 2001 [5897] Soft covers – mint £12


  1. WEBSTER’S ROYAL RED BOOKor Court and Fashionable Register for May 1876 Webster and Larkin 1876 [12154] A London street guide (Abbey Gardens, St John’s Wood to Young St, Kensington) giving the names of individual householders – combined with a list of the names and addresses of the ‘Fashionable’ – a wide swathe of middle-class London. A very useful directory. In fair condition – very good internally -clean and tight – but decorative, gilt embossed cloth is rubbed and sewing has parted at inside back cover. This early directory is quite scarce £30


  1. WOLPE, Anne-Marie Some Processes in Sexist Education Women’s Research and Resources Centre 1977 [6635] Explorations in Feminism series no1977. Soft covers – very good £8


  1. WOODS, Edgar & Diana Things That Are Not Done: an outspoken commentary on popular habits and a guide to correct conduct Universal Publications, no date (1937) [10612] Good £12



General Biography



  1. The Ladies’ Who’s Who (with which is incorporated the Ladies’ Court Book and Guide – including Anglo-American Section) The International Art & Publishing Co, Ltd 1923 [13709] 759-pp of biographical reference – and advertisements. Good and tight in red cloth covers decorated in gilt £55


  1. (ADDAMS) Louise Knight Jane Addams:Spirit in Action Norton 2011 [13405] Biography of the US campaigner for international peace and social justice. Mint in d/w £10


  1. ALLEN, Alexandra Travelling Ladies: Victorian Adventuresses [13198] Studies of Daisy Bates, Isabella Bird Bishop, Midlred Cabele and Evangeline and Francesca French, Alexandra David-Neel, Jane Digby el Mesrab, Kate Marsden, Marianne North and May French Sheldon. Fine in d/w                           £10


  1. (AMBERLEY) Bertrand and Patricia Russell (eds) The Amberley Papers: the letters and diaries of Lord and Lady Amberley Hogarth Press 1937 [11044] The epitome of radical liberalism in the mid-19th-century. Both died tragically young. Good £45


  1. (BEALE) Elizabeth Raikes Dorothea Beale of Cheltenham Constable 1908 [11045] Good      £15


  1. BELL, Alan (ed and with an introduction by) Sir Leslie Stephen’s ‘Mausoleum Book’ OUP 1977 [13199] Intimate autobiography written for Stephen’s immediate family after the death of his wife, Julia, the mother of Vanessa and Virginia. Very good in d/w £12


  1. BELL, MAUREEN, PARFIT, GEORGE AND SHEPHERD, SIMON A Biographical Dictionary of English Women Writers 1560-1720 G.K. Hall 1990 [11878] Expands the boundaries of what is conventionally recognized as 17th century English literature by uncovering, reintroducing and documenting the lives and works of more than 550 English women who wrote betwen 1580-1720. Fine in d/w £25


  1. (BUTTS) Nathalie Blondel (ed) The Journals of Mary Butts Yale University Press 2002 [12460] 500pp – heavy – mint in mint d/w £20


  1. (CLARKE) Mary G. Clarke A Short Life of Ninety Years privately printed 1973 [11352] An interesting life – born in Aberdeen into the Anderson family (her uncle was Skelton Anderson, husband of Elizabeth Garrett), she attended the local high school, and then went to Girton – before entering a lifetime of teaching, culminating in the headmistress-ship of Manchester High School for Girls. Very good – cover slightly marked £18


  1. (CLIVE) Mary Clive (ed) Caroline Clive: from the diary and family papers of Mrs Archer Clive (1801-1873) Bodley Head [11101] Life among the ‘Landed Gentry’ – beautifully edited by Mary Clive – who had the knack. Good in rubbed d/w £10


  1. DE FRECE, LADY Recollections of Vesta Tilley Hutchinson 1934 [13896] Her autobiography. Good conditiion. Scarce £35


  1. (EDEN) Violet Dickinson (Ed) Miss Eden’s Letters Macmillan 1919 [9339] Born, a Whig, in 1797. Her letters are full of social detail. In 1835 she went to India with her brother when he became governor-general. Very good £28


  1. (ELIOT) Carole Seymour-Jones Painted Shadow: a lfie of Vivienne Eliot Constable & Robinson 2001 [11992] Fine in fine d/w £9


  1. (HARRISON) Amy Greener A Lover of Books: the life and literary papers of Lucy Harrison J.M. Dent 1916 [11054] Lucy Harrison (a niece of Mary Howitt) studied at Bedford College, then taught for 20 years at a school in Gower St (Charlotte Mew was a pupil at the school and v. attached to Miss Harrison) and then became headmistress of the Mount School, York. Good – pasted onto the free front end paper is a presentation slip from the editor, Amy Greener, to Mary Cotterell £18


  1. HAYS, Frances Women of the Day: a biographical dictionary of notable contemporaries J.B. Lipincott (Philadelphia) 1885 [12594] A superb biographical source on interesting women. Good in original binding – with library shelf mark in ink on spine- scarce £75


  1. (JAMESON) Clara Thomas Love and Work Enough: the life of Anna Jameson Macdonald 1967 [12070] Good £10


  1. (JAMESON) G.H. Needler (ed) Letters of Anna Jameson to Ottilie von Goethe OUP 1939 [12451] Very good internally – cover marked £20


  1. (JAMESON) Judith Johnston Anna Jameson: Victorian, feminist, woman of letters Scolar Press 1997 [12461] An examination of Jameson’s non-fiction writing in the context of her life. Mint in mint d/w £20


  1. [JEBB] Alice Salomon Eglantyne Jebb Union Internationale de Secours Aux Enfants 1936 [13170] Short study in French. Paper covers – 53pp – very good                                                                       £5


  1. (JEX-BLAKE) Margaret Todd The Life of Sophia Jex-Blake Macmillan 1918 [13515] Interesting biography of a difficult woman – founder of the London School of Medicine for Women. Very good – with slight marking on front cloth cover. £30


  1. KELSALL, Helen Berridge House Who’s Who, 1893-1957 privately published [1957] [13005] A list of all the pupils and staff of the National Society’s Training College for Domestic Subjects – with a short history of the college. Paper covers – good                                                                                                     £12


  1. (LIDDELL) Simon Winchester The Alice Behind Wonderland OUP 2011 [13406] ‘Using Charles Dodgson’s published writings, private diaries, and of course his photographic portraits, Winchester gently exposes the development of Lewis Carroll and the making of his Alice.’ Mint in d/w £6


  1. MARTINDALE, Hilda Some Victorian Portraits and Others Allen & Unwin 1948 [6071] Biographical essays of members of her circle – including Adelaide Anderson, factory inspector. Very good in d/w £18


  1. (MEYNELL) Dame Alix Meynell Public Servant, Private woman: an autobiography Gollancz 1988 [11385] Interesting background information on her family, the Dowsons, who ran the Nottingham Women’s Suffrage Society – as well as her own memoirs of life as an administrative grade civil servant and the wife of Sir Francis Meynell. Fine in d/w                                                                                                        £12


  1. (MORGAN) Sydney Lady Morgan Passage From My Autobiography Richard Bentley 1859 [13675] ‘The following pages are the simple records of a transition existence, socially enjoyed, and pelasantly and profitably occupied, during a journey of a few months from Ireland to Italy.’ Good – in original decorative mauve cloth £18


  1. (NIGHTINGALE) Lynn McDonald (ed) Florence Nightingale’s European Travels Wilfrid Laurier Press 2004 [11112] Her correspondence, and a few short published articles, from her youthful European travels. She is an excellent observer and reporter. Fine in d/w – 802pp £45


  1. (NOURSE) Mary Alice Keekin Burke Elizabeth Nourse, 1859-1938: a salon career National Museum of American Art 1983 [6767] A study of the artist. Soft covers – large format – many illustrations – very good £15


  1. (OSBORN) Emily Osborn (ed) Political and Social Letters of a Lady of the Eighteenth Century: 1721-1771 Griffith Farren, Okeden and Welsh (London) 1890 [12054] Living in London and Chicksands (Bedfordshire), she managed her son’s involved estate. Her letters reveal to us 18th-century life – political, social and domestic. Very good internally -paper on spine and corners a little rubbed – gift inscription, 1895, to ‘Lady Strathmore’ – the present Queen’s great-grandmither £45


  1. (PHILIPS) Philip Webster Souers The Matchless Orinda Harvard University Press 1931 [9602] An account of the life of Mrs Katherine Philips, the first woman in England to gain the reputation of a poetess.Good – ex university library £28


  1. (PUREFOY) G. Eland (ed) Purefoy Letters 1735-1753 Sidgwick & Jackson 1931 [9338] The letters of Elizabeth Purefoy (1672-1765), whose husband died in 1704, and her son, Henry Purefoy. Elizabeth Purefoy was, as her epitaph recorded, ‘a woman of excellent understanding, prudent and frugal’ and her letters are full of domestic detail.  Very good – two volumes                                                                                    £40


  1. (ROBINS) Octavia Wilberforce Backsettown & Elizabeth Robins published for private circulation 1952 [13258] A little tribute – telling how Elizabeth Robins came to set up the retreat at Backsettown in Sussex. With lovely photograph of Elizabeth Robins tipped in as frontispiece. Fine in paper wraps – with a birthday inscription on free front endpaper – scarce £38


  1. (ROBINSON) Paula Byrne Perdita; the life of Mary Robinson HarperCollins 2004 [12017] Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £5


  1. (RUSKIN) Mary Lutyens (ed) Young Mrs Ruskin in Venice: the picture of society and life with John Ruskin 1849-1852 Vanguard Press (NY) 1965 [13200] Very good in d/w £12


  1. (SLATE/SLAWSON) Tieri Thompson (ed) Dear Girl: the diaries and letters of two working women 1897-1917 The Women’s Press 1987 [13731] Letters and diaries of two women whose friendship was played out against the background of the suffrage movement. Paper covers – very good


  1. (STUART) Hon. James A. Home (ed) Letters of Lady Louisa Stuart to Miss Louisa Clinton David Douglas (Edinburgh) 1901 & 1903 [13335] Two volumes – complete set. The first volume covers the period 1817 to 1825 and the second volume (called ‘Second Series’) that from1826 to 1834. Society observed. Very good – two volumes together                                                                                                             £38


  1. (TENNYSON) James O. Hoge Lady Tennyson’s Journal University Press of Virginia 1981 [9675] Fine in d/w £18


  1. (TROUBRIDGE) Jaqueline Hope-Nicholson (ed) Life Amongst the Troubridges: journals of a young Victorian 1873-1884 by Laura Troubridge John Murray 1966 [9324] Very good in rubbed d/w £10


  1. (TUCKER) Agnes Giberne A Lady of England: the life and letters of Charlotte Maria Tucker Hodder & Stoughton 1895 [9599] The standard biography of a popular children’s and religious writer – who spent the later years of her life as a missionary in India. Good – though ex-university library £28


  1. (TWINING) Louisa Twining Recollections of My Life and Work Edward Arnold 1893 [10625] She was an early ‘social worker’ – involved with workhouse visiting, promoting the idea of poor law inspectors and was herself a poor law guardian. Very good – scarce £68


  1. (WHARTON) R.W.B. Lewis And Nancy Lewis The Letters of Edith Wharton Simon & Schuster 1988 [9747] Fine in fine d/w – 654pp £12


  1. (WOOLF) Virginia Woolf A Writer’s Diary Hogarth Press, 6th imp 1972 [9368] Fine in d/w (previous owner’s name neatly written on free front endpaper) £12


General Ephemera


  1. Mother India’s Daughters: the significance of the Women’s Movement Women’s International League no date [1934] [14183] ‘The Women’s Movement in India is growing with a rapidity and vigour which is probably without is essential that British men and women should be prepared to give it their understanding, sympathy and support. 8-pp pamphlet – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £8 SOLD


  1. VICTORIA LEAGUE – BATH BRANCH – AWARD OF MERIT [13771] The Victoria League was founded by women in 1901 to promote greater understanding between all parts of the British Empire – concentrating on hospitality and education. This certificate – Award of Merit – was awarded to Francis A. Bodger – for  ‘Australia’, presumably an essay. Francis Ainsworth Bodger was born in 1877, in 1911 was a sergeant in the Royal Artillery, and died in Bath in 1940. The certificate gives the name of the Branch President as Leila Cubitt, and she died in Bath in 1951. The decorative certificate has at its centre a black & white illustration by Robert Anning Bell ‘What is the Flag of England Winds of the World Declare’. Good £12


  1. ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES Education Policy; with special reference to Secondary Education no date (early 20th c) [14163] 4-pp leaflet – good – ex-Board of Education library £5


  1. ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES Education Policy (with special reference to Secondary Education) AAM no date (1920s?) [13042] 4-pp leaflet. Good – ex-Board of Education library £2


  1. ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS The Teaching of English 1907 [12706] A paper given by Miss C.L. Thomson at the 1907 Annual Meeting of the Association. 16-pp pamphlet – good – ex-Board of Education library £8


  1. ASSOCIATION OF HEAD MISTRESSES Memorandum Forwarded to the President of the Board of Education, 5 Jan 1907 [12698] 8-pp pamphlet dealing with the issue of the length of the school day and whether afternoon classes should be compulsory or optional. Good – ex-Board of Education libary £5


  1. (AUSTEN) Frederick Bussby Jane Austen in Winchester Friends of Winchester Cathedral [14187] Essay delineating Jane Austen’s links to Winchester. Soft covers – pamphlet – fine                            £8


  1. AUTOGRAPHS – THE GUILDHOUSE [13061] The Guildhouse was an ecumenical place of worship and cultural centre founded in 1921 by Maude Royden. On 4 sheets of paper are fixed 25 cut-out signatures, including those of Maude Royden, Hudson Shaw, Daisy Dobson (Maude Royden’s secretary), Zoe Procter (former WSPU activist), and Katherine Courtney (of the NUWSS). Together                                 £45


  1. BINFIELD, Clyde Belmont’s Portias: Victorian nonconformists and middle-class education for girls Dr Williams’ Trust 1981 [9158] The 35th Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Lecture. Paper covers – 35pp – good – scarce £18


  1. BOARD OF EDUCATION List of Elementary Schools and Training Colleges under the Administration of the Board 1902-1903 HMSO 1903 [13333] The lists include the number of pupils at each school, the average attendance and the amount the school received in an annual grant. This is bound with (1) ‘Lists of Secondary Schools, Science and Art Schools and Classes, and Evening Schools under the Administration of the Board 1902-1903’. The lists give details of the number of pupils attending day and night classes in both Science and in Art and the total ammount allocated in grants to each school.
    (2) ‘Evening Schools Aided by Parliamentary Grants’, giving the number of pupils receiving grants. Packed with information on schools and classes in England and Wales. Leather bound, 193pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library                                                                                                                                                 £28


  1. BUTLER, Josephine (ed) The Storm Bell Ladies’ National Association for the Abolition of State Regulation of Vice Feb 1899 [9802] Single issue. Contains the rather touching notice: ‘If there should occasionally be some delay or irregularity in the appearance of the Storm Bell, I beg my Friends to judge its Editor leniently….As I have no Sub-Editor, it will be understood that it is not always easy to prepare even so humble a periodical as this, in time to be out exactly at the right date.’ Fine – scarce £28


  1. CAMPBELL, Dame Janet Infant Mortality Ministry of Health 1929 [12257] International Inquiry of the Health Organisation of the League of Nations, English Section. Paper covers – 118pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £8


  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION REVIEW Vol X (New Series) July To Dec 1901 Longmans, Green 1902 [9244] half-yearly bound volume of the COS’s own magazine. Very good                            £28


  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY D.R. Sharpe Centralised Registration of Assistance COS 1911 [9236] Paper read on 31 May 1911 at the Annual National Conference of Charity Organisation Societies. Paper covers – 14pp pamphlet – good – unusual £18


  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY H. Holman A Restatement of the First Principles of Charity Organisation Work COS 1912 [14100] Paper read on 21 May 1912 at the 21st Annual National Conference of Charity Organisation Societies, Manchester. Paper covers – 24pp – good – unusual £25


  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY J.W. Pennyman The Cost of Good Work COS 1895 [14099] A Paper read at the Cheltenham Charity Organisation Conference. ‘How shall we estimate the cost of good work? To do this we shall have to realise what is meant by good work, and to consider the special needs of our locality.’ A discussion of the financial costs of local charity. COS Occasional Paper No 57. 6-pp – unusual £18


  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY Miss Pike Friendly Visiting and Personal Service COS 1911 [9238] Paper read on 1 June 1911 at the Annual National Conference of Charity Organisation Societies. Paper covers – 11pp – good – a little foxing – unusual £20


  1. CLERKS WANTED [14189] Both Sexes! All Ages! – a double-sided leaflet published by the National Union of Clerks urging clerks to join the union even though they might think ‘this is “not quite the thing” for a clerk’. The Union’s offices were at 22 Rugby Chambers, Chapel St, London WC1. No date – but probably 1920s                                                                                                                                                                £3


  1. COLLECTION OF LEAFLETS CONCERNING THE 1929 GENERAL ELECTION [14188] Mainly Unionist leaflets – ‘Safety First’ was their campaigning message. Together with the Proportional Representation Society’s Report for the Year May 1929-April 1930. 17 items in good condition    £12


  1. CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST WOMEN’S FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION Why Conservative and Unionist Women Want the Vote: points for speakers CUWFA, no date (c 1912?) [6810] 4pp- leaflet – very good £35


  1. CORNHILL MAGAZINE, May 1912 Smith, Elder 1912 [7968] Includes an article by Ella Sykes, ‘At a women’s hostel in Canada’. Ella Sykes was a member of the Colonial Intelligence League for Educated Women and visited Canada, in the guise of a ‘home help’, on the League’s behalf to spy out the land. Soft covers – very good £8


  1. COUNCIL OF WOMEN CIVIL SERVANTS Higher Appointments Open to Women in the Civil Service P.S. King 1928 [12709] ‘It is believed that the number and the importance of the careers in the Civil Service open to women are not fully recognised…’. 8-pp pamphlet – good- ex-Board of Education library. £10


  1. DINNER AND PRESENTATION TO MISS ALISON NEILANS [12351] 4-pp leaflet, reprinted from ‘The Shield’, Dec 1938, describing the ‘Silver Jubilee dinner held at St Ermin’s Hotel, Westminster, to celebrate Miss Neilans’ 25 years work with the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene’. Good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library                                                                                                                    £8


  1. ELIZA COOK’S JOURNAL VOLS 1-3 [8594] Runs from issue 1, 5 May 1849 to issue 156, 24 April 1852. Very good condition – half leather and marbled boards. Each vol                                           £38


  1. FABIAN WOMEN’S GROUP Summary of Eight Papers and Discussions upon the Disabilities of Mothers as Workers Fabian Women’s Group (Private Circulation) 1910 [12973] Papers by Mrs Pember Reeves, Dr Ethel Vaughan-Sawyer, Mrs Spence Weiss, Mrs Bartrick Baker, Mrs Stanbury, Mrs S.K. Ratcliffe, Miss B.L. Hutchins, Mrs O’Brien Harris. Paper covers – good                                                                            £15


  1. FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES OF TEACHERS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION [13329] Two of the Federation’s annual reports. First Annual Report (Oct 1935-Sept 1936), 6pp; Fourth Annual Report (October 1938-Dec 1939), 12pp. Both soft covers, both very good. Together                                                 £12


  1. GIRLS’ OWN ANNUAL, Oct 1891- Sept 1892 [2459] Very good internally – with Extra Christmas Number 1891 and Extra Summer Number 1892 bound in- in publisher’s binding – spine leather rubbed and torn. Includes the colour reproduction of a painting by Kate Greenaway. Heavy                                      £30


  1. GIRLS OWN ANNUAL, Oct 1895- Sept 1896 [2441] Includes an article on the Bryant & May match girls; ‘A young servant’s outfit, and what to buy for it’.  Very good – in decorative binding             £35


  1. GIRLS’ OWN ANNUAL, Oct 1896-Sept 1897 [3123] Very good internally – in slightly worn publisher’s binding. Includes a series of articles on ‘What are the provincial county councils doing for girls?’ and all the usual wonderful mix – plus the Extra Christmas Number and an extra Diamond Jubilee Number. Heavy                                                                                                                                                              £20


  1. HARRIS, E.M. Married Women in Industry Institute of Personnel Management 1954 [12293] Paper covers – 30pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £3


  1. HENRY, S.A, Health of the Factory Worker in Wartime [4154] two lectures, by HM medical inspector of factories, reprinted from ‘The Lancet’, 11 and 18 Dec 1943. Paper covers – presentation copy from the author                                                                                                                                                                £5


  1. HMSO A Study of the Factors which have operated in the past and those which are operating now to determine the distribution of women in industry 1930 [3638] Paper covers – very good – 33pp £18


  1. HMSO Ministry of Health, Survey of Relief to Widows and Children (1919) 1920 [3636] Missing its outer wrappers otherwise very good – 186pp                                                                                      £12



  1. HMSO Third Report from the Select Committee on National Expenditure: Health and Welfare of Women in War Factories HMSO 1942 [12219] 24-pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. £8


  1. HOMERTON COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE [12782] Reports of the Congregational Board of Education on its Training College, Homerton Undenominational College – for the years ending 30 June 1900, 1901, 1902., 1903, 1905. By this time Homerton College was training only women teachers.  All in good condition (the report for 1901 has a small hole pierced through it but with no loss of text) in paper covers. Ex Board of Education library with the usual library stamps and labels – 5 items together                     £28


  1. HUTCHINS, B.L. Women’s Industrial Career Sheratt & Hughes Oct 1909 [3631] Reprinted from The Sociological Review. Paper covers – good £9


444.INDUSTRIAL HEALTH RESEARCH BOARD OF THE MEDICAL RESEARCH COUNCIL Why Is She Away?:the problem of sickness among women in industry HMSO no date (1945) [12295] Soft covers – 22pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library                                                              £4


  1. INTER-ALLIED INFORMATION COMMITTEE Women Under Axis Rule HMSO [1943] [13694] No 7 in the ‘Conditions in Occupied Territories’ Reports. good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. £10 SOLD


  1. [JEX-BLAKE] Margaret Todd Sophia Jex-Blake [14196] Obituary article by Jex-Blake’s close friend – reprinted from the Royal Free Hospital Magazine. 8-pp – printed by the Women’s Printing Society – fine – in paper covers                                                                                                                                           £8


  1. KLEIN, Viola Employing Married Women Institute of Personnel Management 1961 [12291] Paper covers – 52pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £5


  1. LEWISHAM WOMEN’S INSTITUTE  [7225] Programme of classes for 1957-58 – 12pp      £4


  1. LONDON INSTITUTE FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF PLAIN NEEDLEWORK Annual Report for the Year ending September 30th, 1909 1909 [13041] The Institute trained (women) teachers in needlework and knitting. The report includes a list of all those women who held its Diploma since its opening in 1878. 24pp – good in paper covers – ex-Board of Education library £8


  1. MACCARTHY, Fiona Work for Married Women Conservative Political Centre 1966 [12297] Paper covers – 18pp – good- withdrawn from the Women’s Library £2


  1. MANNING, E. A. Moral Teaching in Schools: a paper read at the Social Science Congress, Brighton Edward Stanford Oct 1875 [13208] Elizabeth Adelaide Manning was associated with the founding of Girton College, Cambridge, and was for many years a member of its executive committee. Paper covers – 16pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library £12


  1. MARTINDALE, Hilda Autograph letter [13473] to ‘Mr Lively’ (I think that is the name) who had been very encouraging about her book. The date is 27 July 1939 so the book must have been ‘Women Servants of the State’. She is sending him a copy of the book and remarks ‘The reviews have been good but the sales bad!). I sheet                                                                                                                                                      £5


  1. MATHIEU, Nicole-Claude Ignored by Some, Denied by Others: the social sex category in sociology Women’s Research and Resources Centre Publications 1977 [2870] Paper covers – very good £4


  1. MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT Moving from the Slums HMSO 1956 [12249] Seventh Report of the Housing Management Sub-committee of the Central Housing Advisory Committee. Paper covers – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. £4


  1. NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN WORKERS The Papers read at the Conference held at Tunbridge Wells [14198] on October 23rd, 24th, 25th and 26th 1908. Amongst all the very interesting papers there was, on the third day, a discussion on Women’s Suffrage, chaired by Millicent Fawcett. Amongst thosse attending the Conference were Elizabeth Robins, Miss S.E.S. Mair, Mrs Bruce Glasier, Dr Jane Walker, Miss S.A. Burstall, Miss B. Clough and Mrs Hopkinson (friend and co-worker of Agnes Garrett and Millicent Fawcett, who gave a very interesting talk on providing housing in London for educated women). Good – the front paper cover is present but detached – the back cover is missing – over 150pp -ex-Board of Education Library       £10


  1. NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN’S TEACHERS How Equal Pay would Help Industry and Decrease Unemployment 1930s? [10735] Single page leaflet – fine


  1. NORWEGIAN JOINT COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL POLICY The Status of Women in Norway Today 1953 [13173] Paper covers -67 pp – with photographs – with drawn from the Women’s Library £3


  1. PALLISTER, Minnie Socialism for Women ILP no date [1924] [12759] ‘Not only the “Intelligent” Women but for all Women’ – with a nod to G.B. Shaw. Paper covers -18-pp pamphlet – good £18


  1. PAUPER HOSPITALS AND SCHOOLS Return of ‘all district and separate pauper hospitals (including asylums of the Metropolitan Asylum District), also of district and separate pauper schools, built during the past ten years; giving the name of hospital or school; names of unions contribution; class of inmates; extent of area; cost of site; cost of building; number of inmates; exclusive of officers; cost per head on number to be accommodated; and number of inmates on 1 May 1885 HMSO 1885 [9205] 6 foolscap pages. Very good – disbound £20


  1. REFORMATORIES AND INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS (COMMITTALS) Returns showing the comparative number of committals of boys and girls to reformatories and industrial schools April 1872 [9150] ‘Shows comparative number of committals of boys and girls to reformatories and industrial schools in 1870, with the number of cases in which the parents have been charged with such payment towards their children’s cost at such schools as may be considered equal to the expense they are saved by so throwing their children on public support, together with a comparative statement of the number of cases in which such charge has been adjudged, with that of the charges actually recovered and regularly paid.’ Raw facts. 4 foolscap pp – disbound £28


  1. REPORT OF A DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON THE PREVALENCE OF VENEREAL DISEASE AMONG THE BRITISH TROOPS IN INDIA HMSO 1897 [12353] 33-pp foolscap Report – together with – ‘A Rough Record 1858-1935 on the work of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene, in connection with the British Army in India’ – 8-pp foolscap report. In good condition – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. Together £12


  1. REPORT OF THE MABYS ASSOCIATION FOR THE CARE OF YOUNG GIRLS, 1922 1923 [12723] Founded by Mrs Nassau Senior in 1874 ‘to befriend and protect the girls brought up in the Guardians’ Schools, and those of other Public Authorities in the Metropolitan area. The Association tries to ensure for these girls the same chances in life and the same status as those girls who have been brought up in their own homes’. This Annual Report gives full detail of the Mabys work – the homes it ran – and its workers and supporters. Good – 34pp – ex-Board of Education library £15


  1. REPORT OF THE STREET OFFENCES COMMITTEE HMSO 1928 [12372] The Committee included Margery Fry. Good – 50pp – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £5


  1. RYLE, Effie Women’s Life in the Nineteenth Century as seen in English fiction National Adult School Union, no date [c. 1930?] [8858] 16-pp booklet giving brief background information about women’s lives in the 19th century, a ‘Suggested Plan for Study by a Group’ and notes for using\i Shirley\i0 , \i Mary Barton\i0 ,\i The Old Wives’ Tale\i0 and\i Kipps\i0 to explore the issues raised. Soft covers – good                           £12


  1. SENIOR, Mrs Nassau Pauper Schools HMSO 1875 [10457] ‘Copy ”of a Letter addressed to the President of the Local Government Board by Mrs Nassau Senior, lately an Inspector of the Board, being a reply to the observation of Mr Tufnell, also a former inspector upon her report on pauper schools’. This was a follow-up to Mrs Senior’s 1874 report.
    24pp – large format – disbound. £28


  1. SIR HENRY JONES [11407] writes a glowing testimonial, dated 18 July 1901, for his former pupil, Mabel Atkinson, a candidate for a lectureship at the University College of South Wales and Monmouthshire. She was a graduate of Glasgow University and was then a research student at LSE, a Fabian and a suffragette. .LSE Library holds some material on her.  Fine                                                                                  £48


  1. SMALL COLLECTION DOCUMENTING THE ACADEMIC PROGRESS OF MURIEL LONG AT THE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, WEST KIRBY 1920-1926 [12613] The tenor of Muriel’s school reports is ‘very fair’ – and we all know what that means. But she was clearly much younger than the average age of the class and does quite well in maths and science. Generally her conduct is ‘very good’ but at least one report notes ‘rather noisy in the class room’.Included in the collection are a number of programmes for Speech Day and Annual Sports, dating from the 1920s. In 1926 Muriel went on to Underwood Commercial College in Liverpool to learn shorthand and typing (1st in the class in ‘Office Routine’). I think Muriel married in 1940 and died in 2006 – leaving bequests to Venice in Peril and the Royal Overseas League – so it doesn’t look as though being graded only ‘very fair’ at Scripture, Ancient History etc  had prevented her taking an interest. An eclectic collection of material                                                                                          £45


  1. TEACHERS’ GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND Collection of Annual Reports [13217] Reports for 1896-1897; 1897; 1899; 1900; 1901-1902; 1904-1905; 1905-1906; 1906; 1907-1908; 1908; 1909-10; 1910; 1911-12. The Guild represented both male and female teachers. With much detail of local branches. Each Report c 90pp, in original paper covers (the occasional cover present, but detached) – all in good condition. Together – 13 items                                                                                                            £80


  1. TEACHERS’ GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND List of Members Alphabetically Arranged 1913 [13218] Names and addresses – very useful. Women teachers appear to be in the majority. Soft covers – good – ex-Board of Education Library £15


  1. THE ASSOCIATION FOR MORAL AND SOCIAL HYGIENE The Alison Neilans Memorial Lectures AMSH [12337] 3 of these annual lectures: 1) No 5 Mary Stocks, Josephine Butler and the Moral Standards of Today, 1961; 2) No 6 T.C.N. Gibbens, The Clients of Prostitutes, 1962 and 3) A Summary of the Tenth Alison Neilans Memorial Lecture given by Dr R.D. Catterall, 1967.  Paper covers – in good condition, withdrawn from the Women’s Library. Together                                                                                £10


  1. THE ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT HEADMISTRESSES IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS Memorandum and Articles of Association Busk, Mellor & Norris 1897 [14162] The Association was founded by a group of women teachers to, among other things, improve the status of teachers and to lobby for improvements in education. Good condition – in paper covers – 32pp – ex-Board of Education Library                                                                                                                                                              £12


  1. THE ASSOCIATION OF HEAD MISTRESSES List of Public Secondary Schools for Girls 1905 1905 [13046] Card covers – good – ex-Board of Education library £10


  1. THE GREAT PARTNERSHIP Women’s Liberal Federation 1949 [2879] ‘Being a report of the Enquiry Committee on Women’s Position in the Community set up by the Executive Committee of the Women’s Liberal Federation at the request of the Chairman of the Liberal Party Organisation’. Paper covers – 40pp – very good £2


  1. THE LAUNDRY INDUSTRY EDUCATION BOARD Education, Training and Scholarships in the Laundry Industry Laundry Industry Education Board 1953 (revised) [13214] A vanished world of work. Paper covers – 16pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library £8


  1. THE SHIELD [12339] ‘The Official Organ of the British Committee of the International Federation for the Abolition of State Regulation of Vice’ – 5 issues. 1) August 1911; 2) Feb-March 1926; 3) May 1940; 4) Oct 1961; 5) Nov 1970 (Centenary Number) All paper covers – good condition – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. – together                                                                                                                               £12


  1. THE SPECTATOR AUGUST 6 1836 [14067] Includes a report of a wife offered for sale at ‘the new Islington cattle market’. She fetched 26s.                                                                                           £20


  1. THE VIGILANCE RECORD [12336] ‘The Organ of the National Vigilance Association’, 3 issues: 1) 15 January 1888, ed Mrs Ormiston Chant 2) April 1926 3) April 1928. All withdrawn from the Women’s Library – in good condition – nicked and creassed at edges. Together                                                            £10



  1. USEFUL WOMEN [13802] ‘The League of Gentlewomen has been formed with the object of bringing into touch those who want certain kinds of work done with those who are ready and able to do it for them’ – thus reads the preamble to a 4-pp – rather smartly produced – leaflet for ‘Useful Women’. Their office was at 48 Dover Street, Mayfair, in the heart of what was then women’s clubland. The two partners in the enterprise are given as ‘Miss Kerr’ and ‘Mrs Dale’ and the leaflet comprises an A-Z of all the kinds of tasks ‘Useful Women’ would undertake – from ‘Advice and help on all domestic matters’ to ‘Zoo parties arranged.’ A list of referees is given – which includes Dr Elizabeth Sloan Chesser.
    ‘Useful Women’ had been formed in 1921 (possibly in Brighton) by Lilian Kerr. The financial basis for the scheme was that women  who wanted employment lent money to the company. In 1928 she sold the business to a company (presumably the Dover Street incarnation of Useful Women)- of which she was a managing director – paying herself £400 per annum. But being unable to pay back the loans made in 1929 she was judged bankrupt. In 1936 she applied for a discharge but this wasn’t allowed, the registrar taking a very dim view of what was termed her misconduct in accepting money she knew she couldn’t pay back. However Useful Women continued to trade from the Dover Street address certainly until the Second World War. One can only assume that those enquiring about zoo parties knew nothing of  the murky financial background of at least one of Useful Women’s partners. How well the firm would have fitted into an Eveyn Waugh novel. 4-pp – very nicely designed and printed leaflet – fine                                                                                                                      £25


  1. WARWICK, The Countess Of Unemployment: its causes and consequences Twentieth Century Press, no date (c 1906) [14117] Pamphlet – 16pp – first published as two articles in the ‘Daily Mail’ in Feb 1906. Good internally. The rather grubby pink paper covers – with a v glamourous photograph of the author – are present – heavily chipped – but detached. Scarce                                                                                               £45


  1. WHITE, Florence The Spinsters Manifesto!!: a detailed statement of the case for contributory (non-retiring) pensions at 55 National Spinsters Pensions Association 1945 [11346] ‘We herewith present the case for pension consideration for single women at 55, trusting that after perusal you will be impressed by the reasonable nature of the reform advocated, agreeing with us that single women are indeed the OVERLOOKED SECTION in the present Social Insurance Proposals’. Pamphlet -12pp – fine £28


  1. WIGHTMAN, Clare Women At Work and In Society Modern Records Centre, Warwick University, 2nd ed 1991 [7541] Gives sources for the subject in the Warwick Modern Records Centre. Paper covers – fine £4


  1. WILKINS, Mrs Roland The Training and Employment of Education Women in Horticulture and Agriculture Women’s Farm and Garden Association 1927 [13213] Soft covers – 52pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library £20


  1. WILSON, Dr Helen Prostitution and the Law:is prostitution a trade? Association for Moral and Social Hygiene [1926] [13469] reprinted from ‘The Shield’, March 1926. 8-pp pamphlet. Very good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £10


  1. WOMAN AT HOME (Annie S. Swan’s Magazine) Hodder & Stoughton 1894 [13692] Includes chapters from Annie Swan’s ‘Elizabeth Glen, M.B.; the experiences of a lady doctor’, as well as the usual wide range of interviews, articles -including fashion, cookery and house furnishing, and stories. Good – hundreds of pages!                                                                                                                                                               £18


  1. WOMAN’S WEEKLY [14155] A run of the magazine from the very first issue – 4 November 1911 – to 6 April 1912 plus the issue for 14 September 1912. Priced at 1 penny, the magazine is packed with advice about housekeeping, fashion – for women and children, childcare, and with serials by the likes of Annie S. Swan.  20 issues – all in very good condition (except that for 14 Sept 1912 which is good only). The No 1 issue is in particularly pristine condition.. Unusual to find such an early run of a magazine that is still with us. £80


  1. WOMAN’S WORK IN PROMOTING THE CAUSE OF HYGIENE [14191] 8-pp pamphlet – perhaps missing outer paper covers – although it’s difficult to tell if ones were issued. No author or society named – published by Jarrolds, Norwich. Probably published c 1880s. The final section advocates the possibility of employing women as ‘Factory Inspectresses, where women girls, and children are employed;.          £8


  1. WOMEN & LITERATURE, VOL 3, NO 2 Fall 1975 [7868] This issue contains the 1974 Bibliography of Women in British and American Literature, 1660-1900. Soft covers – very good £6


  1. WOMEN’S INDUSTRIAL COUNCIL Nineteenth Annual Report 1912-13 [12704] Includes a long, v interesting and wide-ranging list of lectures given – as well as details of the work undertaken by the council – including the trades into which it had undertaken investigations. Paper covers – very good – ex-Board of Education library                                                                                                                                 £15


General Real Photographic Postcards


  1. BEDFORD COLLEGE The Common Room  [13254] Real photographic card – I can see a print of G. F.Watts’ ‘Hope’ among the pictures – and is that a portrait of Emily Penrose over the fireplace? I’m not sure. Very good – printed in Berlin so probably dates from pre-1914 – unposted                                       £10


  1. CLARK’S COLLEGE, CIVIL SERVICE Preparing for the Lady Clerk’s G.P.O. Exam [9233] Photographic postcard of the young women preparing for this exam which, if they passed, offered a chance of bettering themselves. Very good – unposted                                                                                       £12


  1. GEORGE LANSBURY, MP, LCC [13279] real photographic postcard published by the Church Socialist League, London branch, pre – First World War. Fine – unposted                                          £5


  1. MERCHANT TAYLORS’ SCHOOL FOR GIRLS [11781] Real photographic postcard of the exterior of the Crosby, Liverpool, girls’ school. The ink message on the back includes ‘The view is of Aunty Nina’s school..’ and continues onto the front of the card on white space to the side of the photograph. Posted in, I think, 1933. Good                                                                                                                        £10


General Fiction


  1. BAILLIE, Joanna A Series of Plays in which it is attempted to delineate the stronger passions of the mind Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, a new edition 1821 [2509] A handsome set – newly rebound in cloth £60


  1. BEHN, Aphra Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the second part of The Confession of the New Married Couple printed for the Navarre Society 1950 [12468] With an introduction by John Harvey. Good – corners a little bumped £10


  1. HALL, Marguerite Radclyffe- The Forgotten Island Chapman & Hall 1915 [7694] Poems. Very good – scarce £50


  1. HASTINGS, Lady Flora Poems William Blackwood 1841 [5816] The poems of poor Lady Flora were edited for publication by her sister. Lady Flora, a lady in waiting at court in 1838, was suspected of being pregnant, though unmarried. In fact her body was swollen with illness – and she died. Everybody was then v. sorry. Pasted onto the free front endpaper is a black-bordered printed ‘Elegy on the Death of Lady Flora Hastings.’ Annotation in ink reveals that the copy had in 1882 belonged to Mr John Gladstone, 39 Gunter Grove, Redcliffe Gardens, London S.W.. Latterly the copy had been held in the City of Cardiff Reference Library – perhaps given to it by Mr Gladstone. It bears a ‘Withdrawn from Stock’ stamp as well as the library albel on the front pastedown. The copy, in its original decorative green cloth, is worn along spine and hinge to front board is tender – contents very good £25


  1. SCOTT, Sarah Millenium Hall Virago 1986 [5460] First published in 1762. Paper covers – very good £8


  1. SHERWOOD, Mrs The Happy Family Houlston & Sons, new edition no date [3607] A little tract – paper covers. Fine £5


  1. TAYLOR, Mary Miss Miles OUP 1990 [12413] Mary Taylor was the life-long friend of Charlotte Bronte. This edition with an introduction by Janet Horowitz Murray. Soft covers – very good £6


  1. TOULMIN, Camilla A Story of the Factories (c 1842) [6136] ‘It was on a fine summer morning in the year 1841 that three young persons, the children of an agricultural labourer, presented themselves at a certain railway station, and, after obtaining third-class tickets, might have been seen waiting for the arrival of the train…’ They had left their native Dorsetshire to travel to Manchester.. Short story – a tract – 32pp – recently bound in card covers – very good £18


  1. TRAVERS, Graham [pseud of Margaret Todd] Mona MacLean: medical student William Blackwood, 14th ed 1899 [11784] Novel written by Sophia Jex-Blake’s friend and biographer. Cover marked – scarce £38


Women and the First World War



  1. ANNIE CATON IN WAAC UNIFORM [14194] a studio portrait photograph  taken in France – not a postcard. She is wearing uniform dress, with epaulettes, a white pointed collar, a self belt – with buttons down the front. Her right hand is in the dress’s capacious pocket – and she is wearing a felt hat. Very good £15


  1. DOUGLAS-PENNANT, Violet Under the Search-Light: the record of a great scandal Allen & Unwin 1922 [14129] In June 1918 Violet Douglas-Pennant was appointed Commandant, Women’s Royal Air Force – only to be dismissed two months later ‘by direction of Lord Weir and Sir Auckland Geddes on the advice of Lady Rhondda, who acted without enquiry on secret information supplied to her, as well as to Mr Tyson Wilson MP, and Miss P. Strachey, by Mrs Beatty and others’. How intriguing. The book takes 463 pp to cover the ‘scandal’. Douglas-Pennant wrote it as her self-justificatory account of events “so that my name & honour may at last be vindicated.” Includes recollections of her ten weeks’ in charge, a Who’s Who of the personalities involved & full details of the House of Lords Inquiry into her dismissal. Good £85


  1. [HALL] Edith Hall Canary Girls & Stockpots WEA Luton Branch 1977 [12884] Memories of life in the First World War – and of the ’20s and ’30s. During the War Edith Hall’s mother was landlady to munition workers – ‘the Canaries’ (so called because the chemicals turned their skin yellow) at the Hayes factories. Soft covers – signed by the author £10


  1. MCLAREN, Eva Shaw (ed) A History of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals Hodder & Stoughton 1919 [13710] A very full history of the work of the SWH in the First World War. With 57 illustrations, including a marvellous pull-out panoramic photograph of the Salonika hospital in 1918 – huts and tents as far as the eye can see. 408pp – very good – scarce                                                                                                          £65


  1. (SANDES) Flora Sandes An English Woman Sergeant in the Serbian Army Hodder & Stoughton 1916 [14128] Flora Sandes, a Red Cross volunteer, was the only woman to officially enlist as a soldier during the First World War, commissioned an officer in the Serbian army. Very good – a little knocked on the corners – and this original edition is quite scarce                                                                                               £55


  1. (THURSTAN) Violetta Thurstan Field Hospital and Flying Column: being the journal of an English nursing sister in Belgium and Russia G.P. Putnam’s 1915 [13739] Very good – very scarce £65



  1. HOBHOUSE, Mrs Henry ‘I Appeal Unto Caesar’: the case of the concientious objector Allen & Unwin, 2nd ed 1917 [14112] Polemic by Margaret Hobhouse (sister of Beatrice Webb), with introduction by Prof Gilbert Murray. This copy has ownership inscription of Elizabeth Robins (21 September ’17) and laid in is a cyclostyled letter from Mrs Hobhouse – signed by her – which begins ‘I send you a little book on the difficult problem of the Conscientious Objector, which I hope you will read and will pass on to others…’ Soft covers – 86pp – very good £75


  1. ‘ON WAR SERVICE’ BADGE [13699] Triangular metal badge with each word of ‘On War Service’ on one of its three sides – and the crown in the middle with ‘1916’ underneath. This badge was issued to women war workers – such as those working in the munition factories. Very good                                       £28


  1. SCOTTISH WOMEN’S FIRST AID CORPS [12892] natural-coloured linen canvas satchel with the initials ‘S.W.F.A.C.’ [Scottish Women’s First Aid Corps] machine-embroidered in red on the front.The satchel hangs from a long red grosgrain ribbon strap which has a buckle for altering its length. The bag still contains an Esmarch’s Triangular Bandage – printed with images of how to apply, in a variety of ways, the bandage to wounded men, together with two packs labelled ‘Scottish Women’s First Aid Corps First Field Dressing’, supplied by J. Gordon Nicholson, Pharmaceutical Chemist, 15 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, and two small safety pins on a piece of card, presumably to be used for fixing the bandages. Luckily this SWFAC member was required to put the bandages to the test. The SWFAC had been formed in 1909 by Mary E. Macmillan and came into its own in the First World War, appealing to middle and upper-middle class women who wanted to ‘do their bit’. The SWFAC ran classes in First Aid and sick nursing and some of its recruits then went out to nurse in Italy and Serbia. Very good – an unusual survival                                                                        £120


  1. THE GRAPHIC, 25 Nov 1916 [14123] Complete issue – contains an article by May Wynne on ‘The War-Woman’, describing the work now being done by women – with a page of photographs of women munition workers in France and England. Very good                                                                                       £15


  1. THE LANDSWOMAN 1919 [14127] ‘The Journal of the Land Girl and every Country Woman’. Bound volume comprising issues from January 1919 (Vol II, no 1) to December 1919 (Vol II, no 12). 12 issues – in very good condition in original yellow cloth covers                                                                                 £135


  1. THE WOMEN’S IMPERIAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION Sixth Annual Report 1915 [12796] The Associations’s first Aim was ‘To teach the women of the Empire the elementary principles in health; particularly with reference to the care and nurture of children’. This annual report gives full details of the Association, its work, and its subscribers and supporters. Includes a section on the Health Department of the Women’s Emergency Corps, the group set up by Evelina Haverfield and other former members of the WSPU.With many photographs. Paper covers – 52pp – good – ex-Board of Education library                                        £10


  1. WAACS 1917/18 [14195] A group photograph of a contingent of WAACs (a duplicate from the collection of Annie Caton that I sold last year). The group includes Mrs Chalmers Watson, the WAAC’s Chief Controller. Very good – has one tiny pinhole at the top – unposted                                        £28 SOLD


  1. MACAULAY, Rose Three Days Constable & Co 1919 [12622] Poems. Already an established novelist, during the First World War Rose Macaulay worked as a VAD nurse and a land girl and in early 1917 joined the War Office. Good – a little chipped on spine – in wrapper cover.                                                       £25


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Kate Parry Frye: the long life of an Edwardian actress and suffragette

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‘Saturday June 14th 1913. [Kate is lodging in Baker Street, London]

I had had a black coat and skirt sent there for Miss Davison’s funeral procession and the landlady had given me permission to change in her room. I tore into my black things then we tore off by tube to Piccadilly and had some lunch in Lyons. But the time was getting on – and the cortege was timed to start at 2 o’clock from Victoria. We saw it splendidly at the start until we were driven away from our position and then could not see for the crowds and then we walked right down Buckingham Palace Rd and joined in the procession at the end. It was really most wonderful – the really organised part – groups of women in black with white lilies – in white and in purple – and lots of clergymen and special sort of pall bearers each side of the coffin. She gave her life publicly to make known to the public the demand of Votes for Women – it was only fitting she should be honoured publicly by the comrades. It must have been most imposing. [Plus much more description of the procession as Kate follows it into King’s Cross station]

Campaigning for the Vote tells, in her own words, the efforts of a working suffragist to instil in the men and women of England the necessity of ‘votes for women’ in the years before the First World War. The detailed diary kept all her life by Kate Parry Frye (1878-1959) has been edited to cover 1911-1915, years she spent as a paid organiser for the New Constitutional Society for Women’s Suffrage. The book constitutes that near impossibility – completely new primary material, published for the first time 100 years after the events it records.

With Kate for company we experience the reality of the ‘votes for women’ campaign as, day after day, in London and in the provinces, she knocks on doors, arranges meetings, trembles on platforms, speaks from carts in market squares, village greens, and seaside piers, enduring indifference, incivility and even the threat of firecrackers under her skirt.

Kate’s words bring to life the world of the itinerant organiser – a world of train journeys, of complicated luggage conveyance, of hotels – and hotel flirtations – , of boarding houses, of landladies, and of the ‘quaintness’ of fellow boarders. This was not a way of life to which she was born, for her years as an organiser were played out against the catastrophic loss of family money and enforced departure from a much-loved home. Before 1911 Kate had had the luxury of giving her time as a volunteer to the suffrage cause; now she depended on it for her keep.

No other diary gives such an extensive account of the working life of a suffragist, one who had an eye for the grand tableau – such as following Emily Wilding Davison’s cortege through the London streets – as well as the minutiae of producing an advertisement for a village meeting. Moreover Kate Frye gives us the fullest account to date of the workings of the previously shadowy New Constitutional Society for Women’s Suffrage. She writes at length of her fellow workers, never refraining from discussing their egos and foibles. After the outbreak of war in August 1914 Kate continued to work for some time at the society’s headquarters, helping to organize its war effort, her diary entries allowing us to experience her reality of life in war-time London.

Excerpts from Campaigning for the Vote featured in ‘The Women’s Rebellion’, episode 2 of Michael Portillo’s Radio 4 series, 1913: The Year Before –listen here

In his review of the series, published in ‘The Telegraph’, Charles Moore particularly drew attention to Kate’s contribution – see here.


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