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Posted in Kate Frye's suffrage diary on July 21, 2016
Although I am no longer the guardian of Kate’s diaries, I am still able walk in her footsteps. The hottest day of the year earlier this week found me in Rye in Sussex. I was recovering from a short, sharp illness but the overnight visit had been booked ages ago and I really didn’t want to forfeit the outing. However, rather than wafting around Rye as I had envisaged, I managed only to place myself for a brief moment outside the digs in which Kate Frye had stayed in April 1911 and take in the scene before retiring to enjoy a lady-like recline.
Kate had been sent by the New Constitutional Society for Women’s Suffrage to rouse Rye to the Cause. She had booked two rooms in the digs – the other was for one of the NCSWS ‘s founders – and Kate’s ‘sort-of’ friend – Alexandra Wright.
Their landlady was a widow, Mrs Jane Harvey, who lived in the house with her 23-year-old daughter, Lilian, who worked as a clerk.
Like the Rev Llewellyn Smith we were staying at the Mermaid Inn. I doubt it has changed much since Kate escorted him there 105 years ago. If you have a feel for these things – that time is only a thin layer – you might sense the Rye of Kate Frye merging with that of Mapp and Lucia.
Wednesday April 19th 1911
Did not stop before Ashford and changed there for Rye. Got a porter to bring up my Trunk and walked to Mrs Harvey, 13 Market St. What will happen to me with such a number?
Real lodgings – but nice and clean and two nice large bed-rooms – much larger than the sitting-rooms. I went out for a few minutes stroll – came in about 7. Unpacked my bag – had supper at 7.30 – then my box and arrived so I went up and unpacked that – then wrote letters & diary till 10 o’clock. Felt rather tired – and very on Tour – the Sunday night feeling in a strange town being intensified by the Church Bells being practised.
[The last comment harks back to Kate’s days as an actress – on tour].
Thursday April 20th 1911
Up in good time to breakfast – wrote a little then out the shops – and then back to fetch Bills, which had been sent in last night – and to start my canvassing. Did all up and down the High St and Mint as a beginning. Didn’t feel very impressed with my work but suppose it is alright. In to lunch at 1 – then at 2.30 out to Playden where I had some addresses and found a lot more. It was a good way so I stuck to that district. No real success – so many people out. In to tea at 5.30.
A little more Bill distributing – then to the station to meet Alexandra, who arrived at 6.30. We walked straight up and a man came up with the box. She unpacked and we chatted. Had dinner at 7.30. Talked till 11 o’clock, then to bed. A lovely day.
Friday April 21st 1911
Breakfast at 8.30 – a little writing then Alexandra and I went out to the shops and bought lunch. She came in to do some writing for the rest of the morning and I went paying calls. Met with some success. Got in the Nonconformist set and kept on till 1 o’clock. Alexandra went out again from 2.30 till 3.30 – then came back and a Miss Harris, Winchelsea, and Miss Spalding, the nurse, here came to tea. Out at 5.30 till 7 again – more calls. A lot of people out but we got hold of the Vicar who promised to come. It was very windy all day and rather cold but the view was nice.
[Miss Margaret Spalding was the district nurse, who lived at Church Cottage. She joined the NCSWS.]
Saturday April 22nd 1911
A glorious day – really beautiful. Breakfast 8.30. Some writing – then I went out. Did the marketing – some canvassing – set Alexandra’s feet in the right direction for Playden and continued my canvassing unto past 1.
Came in very tired. Alexandra did not get in till past 1.30. At 3.30, having changed, we went out on business to station & Hotel etc – then tea at a Mrs Clements and her two daughters at 4.30. 4 other ladies were there to meet us. It was rather appalling – but I think I was given a gift. More calls after shopping. Tea at 7. Supper. Talk & writing.
[Mrs Elizabeth Clements, 56 year old widow of a leading Rye estate agent and valuer . One daughter, Katherine (Kitty), was a teacher of music. They lived at 6 High Street.]
Monday April 24th 1911
Alexandra had some writing to do – so I did the shopping and then more calls all the morning about town. After lunch, to Playden more calls, more success, and one fearful & furious Anti. It was a lovely day. A few more calls after tea with Alexandra and bearded one very notorious lady but found her quite nice. Then to tidy ourselves and to have our supper. More letters afterwards. Met and had a long chat with Miss Spalding
Tuesday April 25th 1911
Another nice day. To the shops in the morning and then canvassing again. But we are getting to the end of our list, and I really had to slack in a bit. I began to feel very tired – yesterday I was at it all day long. So after lunch I did not go out but had all the Literature to see to.
In the evening Alexandra and I went out together. A few successful calls – especially good with the school master. I think Alexandra converted him. Both awfully tired but in to change to go and have supper with Miss Spalding. There was another lady there. We talked all ‘Suffrage’ and came away at 10 – a little warm over our fire and then to bed.
Wednesday April 26th 1911
Alexandra was very nervous all the evening as to the result of the meeting but I felt sure it would be alright. Showers in the morning but the day was fine. Alexandra & I went out, bought dinner, paid Bills etc and did some jobs. After lunch Alexandra lay down on her bed and went to sleep and I did some of my packing up etc.
To the Hall at 4 o’clock to get it settled to our taste – a long job – to put out Literature etc. Back at 5.30. Miss Ogston had arrived and we began on the arrangements. She had had some tea – so we had ours – an egg. Then to change – leaving Miss Ogston to have some dinner at 7. Alexandra and I went to meet the Rev Llewellyn-Smith at 6.30 and take him to the Mermaid Inn. A chubby, cheerful young clergyman who seemed quite ridiculous when he spoke, as he constantly did, of ‘my wife’.
Leaving him to dine, we went on to the hall soon after 7. A Mrs Harrison and a Miss Mac Munn had arrived from Hastings so Alexandra took them back to Market St to have a rest – while I waited. [I] received the Stewards – two Miss Harrisons of Winchelsea, Miss Spalding and Miss Clements. They sold Literature and the Misses Harrison and I took the collection – £1-3-7. Lady Brassey took the Chair and her daughter came with her in a lovely car – they had to drive 50 miles so it was awfully decent of her, but she is very keen. A Lieut Col A Savile came to assist Lady Brassey take the Chair and spoke after her. Then Miss Ogston – then Mr Smith.
I didn’t hear the speeches as I was outside with the boys – then in amongst some rather troublesome youths. But nothing happened and we had an excellent meeting – quite full and overflowing. The Vicar came, bringing Miss Proctor, who had vowed she would not come. I was very glad when it was over. Every one congratulated us and seemed to think it was a record for Rye. Miss Ogston went off with the Harrisons of Winchelsea. Mr Smith and Miss Spalding walked up with us – then went on to their respective houses. Alexandra and I had an egg each and some bread & butter. Then I went through the Literature and collection and we did accounts til midnight. Then to bed.
[Mrs Darent Harrison and Miss Lettice MacMunn were both member of the committee of the Hastings and St Leonard’sW.S. Propaganda League.]
Thursday April 27th 1911
We woke to a pouring wet day and it kept on till after 12. The Rev Mr Smith appeared before breakfast was over – buoyant as ever. Then Miss Spalding came in and we all talked. She did not wait long, but he did not go till 11.30 or after and then we had to drive him forth. I went out about 10.30 to buy the dinner after I had packed up the Literature Box, and then we sat talking. Alexandra and I at last got upstairs to finish our packing – and left our boxes to come by Advance Luggage. Had lunch at 12. Then to the station for the 12.55 train – after parting with Mrs Harvey, our most kind and moderate landlady.
Kate was sent back to Rye later in the year but unfortunately Mrs Harvey’s digs were unavailable and the new ones not nearly so agreeable. Amongst all the other details of this second visit, she did record one incident in Market Street – outside the Guildhall. The ‘hot penny’ ceremony is associated with that of the election of the new mayor – and is still carried out today.
Thursday November 9th 1911
Did my shopping and met Miss White. We were just against the Guildhall and saw the Mayor & Corporation come forth. It was so funny. I laughed till I cried – such frock coats and top hats on such heads. Then we watched the ancient custom of throwing pennies from the Hotel Balcony to the crowds below – such a scramble as good many got hard bumped. A good many pounds must have been thrown away like that – some of the coppers were thrown out hot on a shovel. Then out 3 till 5.30 to Playden. Met two very violent ladies – one good Christian woman, entertaining a working party for the Church, pushed me out.
For more about Kate Frye’s suffrage campaigning see here
For more about Kate Frye’s life story see here
Suffrage Stories/Kate Frye’s Diary: Farewell to Kate Parry Frye: Diarist, Suffragist, Actress, Playwright – And Friend
Today is the day that I part company with Kate Frye – at least in a physical sense.
Waiting collection in the hall are the 18 boxes that hold her extensive diary that runs from the late 1890s to 1958, her notebooks containing lists of all the plays she saw and concerts she attended (at least from the 1890s to 1914), the books in which, as a teenager, she wrote at length her critique of books read, her notebook listing the names of all her dolls – and there were very many – and who had given each one to her, her photographs – covering the 1880s to the 1950s – her family letters, flyers relating to her father’s parliamentary career, and the numerous plays she wrote.
After 7 years in my care Kate is finding a new – and, I hope, permanent – home in the Archive of Royal Holloway College. There her diaries and associated archive will be available to anyone who wants to understand what it was like to be a woman living through the last couple of decades of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th. I am sure Kate would be delighted to rest in a seat of higher learning. One of her great regrets was that she did not receive a decent education: ‘I do not understand why I was born if I wasn’t to be educated’ she wrote in her diary in 1914.
When I brought home a carload of dripping wet boxes packed with Kate’s life-long diary and laid them out on the kitchen floor to dry (for they had been stored in an extremely damp cellar) I had no idea that she would take over my life. From associated ephemera I could see that this diarist, Kate Parry Frye, had had some association with the suffrage campaign but it was only once I started reading that I realised what a unique view she gave. Unsullied by hindsight this was a contemporary account like no other of what it was like to work as an organiser for the constitutional suffrage campaign.
And out of this came a book Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary (see here for details). It is a salutary corrective to a popularly-held idea that the suffrage campaign was all chaining oneself to railings, throwing stones, falling under horses, or being forcibly fed. Kate’s account is equally heroic in its way – travelling from town to town with no cheerful companion to share the adventure, having to find yet another set of digs and then fitting in with the peculiarities of each, braving the locals to find a chairman/woman for a meeting, organizing a printer, a bill poster, possibly the police if the meeting was likely to be rowdy. And then worrying if the speaker would turn up, would be heard if she did, if an audience would turn out, and worrying what to do if the local youth disrupted the meeting. And so it went on, month after month. Kate relates it all, day by day. We can be there with her.
Obviously I read far more of the diary than the suffrage years in order to get the background to Kate’s campaigning years and was then delighted to be given the opportunity by ITV to write the story of Kate’s entire life. For Kate, played by Romola Garai (whose voice I now hear as I read Kate’s words), had played a small part in an ITV feature to mark the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War – The Great War: The People’s Story. The result was Kate Parry Frye: the long life of an Edwardian actress and suffragette (see here for details – you can read Kate’s life for a mere £1.19 – what good value!). For, yes, in her ’20s Kate had fulfilled her ambition and taken to the stage.. ..another story to be told among so many others packed into one life…the cradle to grave story. Indeed I’ve stalked Kate’s life and seen the place where she was born, the the house where she grew up, the digs she stayed in, and have stood by her grave.
Way back in the 1960s, while I was at university studying history and politics, there was no kind of book I liked better than an autobiography whose subject had had a Victorian or Edwardian upbringing. Books such as Gwen Raverat’s Period Piece, or Emily Lutyens’ Blessed Girl, or Mary Clive, Christmas with the Savages, or Mary Hughes, A London Child of the 1870s. It’s extraordinary to think that we are as far away – or as close – now to the 1960s as the 1960s were to the Edwardian period. For surely there is less difference between a 1960s and a 2010s childhood (apart from electronic gadgetry) than there was between 1910 and 1960?
Anyway, Kate’s diary gives a peephole into a late-Victorian childhood – in a family that was hoping to be upwardly socially mobile. Kate, even as a young girl, innocently comments on what we can see as gradations of the class system within her extended family. The Fryes finances proved to be desperately insecure – and so Kate experienced both what appears to be careless wealth and then grinding poverty – all the while having to keep up appearances. As the years go by, the lines harden. As an elderly woman she returns to All Saints Road in north Kensington and marvels that as a child she lived there, in a flat above her father’s shop.
And so it goes on ….I hope Kate’s life will provide a wealth of interest to some fortunate researchers. And, by the way, her published play, Cease Fire! – is set on the Western Front in the hour before the Armistice on 11 November 1918. Wouldn’t it be just the thing to include in a centenary commemoration?
Suffrage Stories: Fawcett Society Wreath-Laying Service for Millicent Garrett Fawcett, St George’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey, 2 July 2016
Each year on 2 July the Fawcett Society holds a short service and lays a red, white, and green wreath in remembrance of Millicent Fawcett in St George’s Chapel, Westminster Abbey.
For it is in this small chapel, which now also holds the Coronation Chair, that the joint memorial to Henry and Millicent Fawcett is sited.
It was originally erected in 1887 in memory of Henry Fawcett, who had died in 1884, and was the work of the sculptor Alfred Gilbert. Ironically Gilbert’s daughter, Caprina Fahey, was later a very active member of the Women’s Social and Political Union, rather than of Mrs Fawcett’s National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies. For after Millicent Fawcett’s death a commemoration of her life and work was in 1932 added to her husband’s memorial – in the shape of two roundels, one of which contains the insignia of the NUWSS.
This year I was honoured to have been asked to speak a few words about Millicent Fawcett during the Service – and below is the text of my address.
I imagine I’ve been asked to give the address today because over the last 20 years I’ve researched and written about the various enterprises and campaigns that Millicent Fawcett – and her immediate circle – conducted through the second half of the 19th century and the first two decades of the 20th. But I first made direct physical contact – as it were – with Millicent Fawcett some years before I began my research –back in the mid-1980s – when, as a book dealer – because I sell books about women as well as write them, I braved the closing-down sale of a Bloomsbury bookshop. I say ‘braved’ because it was owned by an elderly irascible gentlemen who barked at any potential customer ‘what do you want’? Well the joy of such bookshops is that you don’t know what you want until you find it – so after one such encounter I’d never been back. But closing down was different and customers were given the run of the shop.
Down in the cellar I found the floor covered with a heap of books – splayed open, piled on top of each other – and – serendipity – when I picked out one I found it to be a short popular biography of Henry Fawcett –not, actually, very interesting in itself – but – and my heart leapt – with Millicent Fawcett’s bookplate pasted inside the front cover. I believe this book had lain in the bookshop ever since Philippa Fawcett finally gave up the family home at 2 Gower Street to move to a more manageable flat just before the Second World War. It is only too likely that books surplus to her requirements had been sent to this nearby bookseller. There seemed a very thin veil separating me from the past when I held that book in my hand.
So this bookplate is the first of four images I want to recreate for you this evening. It probably dates from the 1880s – it has very much the flavour of the Aesthetic movement. Millicent’s full name – Millicent Garrett Fawcett – takes centre place. To the right is a woman in a loose fitting gown, with bare feet, head turned towards the rising sun. To the left rises a lily, so much of its period, and beneath the name are scattered books and an inkwell and quill pen. The caption is ‘Truth is the Light’.
‘Light’ – the image of the rising sun, of hope, of the New Dawn – was one that permeated all the campaigns for women’s rights – not just for the vote – but for emancipation in all spheres of life. ‘Truth’ was the leitmotif running through Millicent Fawcett’s life. In an article her cousin Edmund Garrett, a boy she had helped bring up after the early death of his parents, wrote: ‘More even than by her writings or her speeches, she has helped the cause by her influence, her tone, her personality. The impression which she has made upon public men who have come in contact with her has been, perhaps, her most valuable service to it. The one thing that she cannot be doing with is doubleness. Anything the least ‘shady’ in quite small matters of money or of conduct damns a man at once.’ Edmund Garrett goes on to mention the Ibsen-esque quality of Millicent’s novel Janet Doncaster which, as well as giving a delightful portrait of a thinly-disguised Aldeburgh, does, I think, reveal more of her character than she disclosed in her autobiography. It is well worth a read.
So – Millicent Fawcett was guided by her principles. These at times, especially in attempts to effect an equal moral standard between men and women, could put her at odds with other campaigners, even members of her family. For instance, she and her sister Elizabeth held opposite views as to whether the Contagious Diseases Acts should be repealed – Millicent for and Elizabeth against.
But strong principles – an adherence to Truth –and being true to oneself – don’t necessarily make for any easy life. My second image recreates a scene that is not one you’ll find in either Millicent’s autobiography or in Ray Strachey’s fond biography – it is very trivial, but I think, revealing. One summer afternoon Millicent was taking tea in Lady Maude Parry’s garden in Rustington in Sussex. Lady Maude was the wife of Hubert Parry, whose music has, of course, echoed so often within this Abbey –and it was Hubert, rather than his wife, who was a close friend of Agnes Garrett and Millicent Fawcett. Indeed he’d built a house in Rustington to be close to one that Agnes Garrett had rented there for years.
Anyway, as they were taking tea Lady Maude was stung by a wasp and that evening confided to her diary that Millicent hadn’t been very sympathetic – penning the immortal phrase ‘There’s something hard about the Garretts’. Perhaps I’m perverse but I like that comment. I think it is true – the Garretts were hard – in that they had enjoyed a robust upbringing – encouraged to think for themselves and be self-reliant – Lady Maude was very much more conventional – and although Lady Maude may have meant the comment pejoratively – we shouldn’t take it as such. In her biography Ray Strachey felt compelled to dispute the notion that Millicent was ‘compounded only of “thrift, industry and self-control without any of the gentler virtues”’, stressing that it was Millicent’s great ability for practical friendship that made her such a popular and effective leader. She didn’t wear her heart on her sleeve, she didn’t waste time on emoting; she did things. I’m sure Millicent would have ensured that Maude was treated with a blue bag or whatever was the current remedy for a wasp sting, but wouldn’t have seen it as an occasion for high drama. As Edmund Garrettt wrote ‘She is, above everything, ‘sensible’. She never stickles for unessentials’. The success of a principled, disciplined woman such as Millicent Fawcett was due to her ability to focus on what was important, dismissing the setbacks – the wasp stings –that punctuated all the various campaigns with which she was associated during a career of over 60 years.
Above all Millicent Fawcett was – in her conduct of the constitutional suffrage campaign – calm and diplomatic. As Ray Strachey wrote, ‘Her task was to provide convenient ladders down which opponents might climb, and to help them to save their faces while they changed their minds.’ It was this skill that finally allowed women over 30 to be given the vote in 1918. Although Millicent Fawcett recognised that this age discrimination was quite logically indefensible she knew that once they’d won this measure – full equality would follow. By letting anti-suffrage MPs appear to have retained some control, she had at last manoeuvred women onto the electoral register. As she said, ‘We should greatly prefer an imperfect scheme that can pass, to the most perfect scheme in the world that could not pass.’
The third image takes us into Millicent’s home, 2 Gower Street. From standing in that Bloomsbury bookshop basement, holding a book that had once been on a shelf in the house, fast forward about 30 years to 2014 when I spent some happy hours with a colleague inside the house as we tried to work out how it was used when Millicent, her daughter Philippa, and her sister Agnes lived there. Agnes and her cousin Rhoda had taken on the lease in 1875 –running their pioneering interior design business from the house –Rhoda had died in 1882 and Millicent and Philippa had moved there after the death of Henry Fawcett in 1884. So Garretts had lived in 2 Gower Street for roughly 65 years. We know that Millicent conducted her campaigns from the first floor drawing room – which runs across the front overlooking Gower Street – sitting under a lovely ceiling, painted by Rhoda and Agnes – pale green, pink and yellow prettiness – featuring hummingbirds and swags and flowers, with portraits of four great artists in the corners. Do look up and give her a thought if you go past. The National Portrait Gallery holds a photograph of Millicent (see here) working at her desk in that room in 1910.
The desk, a tall bureau, is tucked into the alcove to the side of the fireplace and Millicent is sitting there working through a pile of letters, looking up for a moment to turn to the photographer. This domestic scene was the power house that fuelled the 20th-century constitutional suffrage campaign. In addition – from that desk Millicent Fawcett involved herself in a wide range of disparate, though interconnected campaigns – for instance, the international women’s suffrage campaign, the campaigns for opening up university education to women, for raising the age of consent, for opening up horticulture as an employment for women, for criminalising incest, for providing homes for middle-class working women, and even for offering a new German ‘open-air treatment’ to men and women suffering from TB. This last was prompted by the fate of her cousin Edmund who had contracted the disease – but rather than wringing her hands Millicent, with her friend Dr Jane Walker, just went ahead and built a sanatorium in Suffolk where the new treatment might be carried out.
Sitting at that desk Millicent is neat in a tailored costume, but my last image is of her standing in the St John’s Wood studio of a very well-known photographer – Lena Connell – dressed for a more formal portrait. She is posing, but, as ever, conveys an air of subtle reticence. I think we can be pretty certain she didn’t make her appointment with Lena Connell because she wanted more photographs for her own album – but, rather, was prepared to endure the process for the sake of the Cause. For, thanks to a lucky discovery a few weeks ago – in a locked drawer in a Fawcett Society desk – we are now able to deconstruct that photograph and realise that she is presenting herself as the president of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.
For on her breast she is wearing a beautiful pendant given to her by the NUWSS in 1913. Presumably after Millicent’s death Philippa Fawcett had returned the pendant to the London Society for Women’s Service, the precursor of the Fawcett Society, and as time went by its existence and meaning had been forgotten. But that photograph speaks to us now – for engraved on the reverse of the pendant are the words that sum up the values that her co-workers appreciated in Millicent Fawcett – ‘Steadfastness and Courage’.
Posted in Suffrage Stories on June 27, 2016
Here is the podcast of the ‘Endless Endeavours’ talks that Ann Dingsdale, Jane Grant and I gave at LSE on 21 June 2016
Last year I was delighted when The Women’s Library@LSE asked if I would help to shape an exhibition planned to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the presentation of the first women’s suffrage petition on 7 June 1866. Ever since discovering a printed copy of that petition on a stall in the Portobello Road over 25 years ago I have been very fond of all it represented and of the treasury of names it contains, so it was a particular pleasure to be asked to suggest ways of highlighting its importance.
The LSE team (Indy Bhullar, Heather Dawson, Gillian Murphy and Eleanor Payne) and I had several very enjoyable and productive meetings during which we selected items to include in the exhibition and brainstormed ideas for the moving background to the main showcase and for wallboards. It is a real pleasure to be able to show items of what we now know to call ‘material culture’ – such as Lydia Becker’s dress and Millicent Fawcett’s gladstone bag – alongside the very letters in which the idea for the petition developed. The personal adds particularity to the political.
In addition, the descendants of the couple to whom I sold that printed copy of the petition have been kind enough to lend it to the exhibition. It is the only known copy other than that held in Girton Archives. The latter was Emily Davies’ own copy and it was she who had organised its printing. What became of the hundreds of others that Miss Davies arranged to be sent to all newspaper editiors, MPs and members of the House of Lords? Straight into the wastepaper basket I shouldn’t wonder.
The LSE designer has done an excellent job of translating our ideas for demonstrating the range both geographically and socially of the women who signed the petition and of giving a clear rendering of the complicated ‘family tree’ of suffrage societies that carried the campaign from 1866 to 1928 and then, in the shape of the Fawcett Society, on into 2016.
For the ‘1866 petition’ part of the exhibition morphs into a celebration of the Fawcett Society, which traces its foundation back to 1866 and is, therefore, this year celebrating its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion Jane Grant has written a history of the Fawcett Society, In the Steps of Exceptional Women – for full details see here.
To accompany ‘Endless Endeavours’ The Women’s Library@LSE has launched a Flickr Album, which includes scans of many of the letters that flew backwards and forwards as the idea for the petition gathered momentum, as well as of the personalities attracted to the campaign and artefacts produced over the years.
One of the most beautiful of the latter is a brooch that recently surfaced in the Fawcett Society office. It was presented to Millicent Fawcett in 1913 and is rendered in the NUWSS colours of red, white and green. For a lively account of why, where and how the brooch was presented see here. This is a real piece of ‘suffrage jewellery’ – to put all the spurious examples so catalogued by auction houses, Ebay etc in the shade. [For my gripe about the mis-cataloguing of suffragette jewellery see here.]
For full details of the ‘Endless Endeavours’ exhibition see here.
STOP PRESS 7 June 2016 I have just discovered a studio photograph by the celebrated photograper Lena Connell that shows Millicent Fawcett wearing the Fawcett Society ‘brooch’ as a pendant. She was making her ass ociation with the NUWSS visible.
Posted in Books And Ephemera For Sale on June 14, 2016
Woman and her Sphere
5 Owen’s Row
London EC1V 4NP
Index to Catalogue
Suffrage Non-fiction: Items 1-19
Suffrage Biography: Items 20-26
Suffrage Fiction: Items 27-37
Suffrage Ephemera: Items 38-131
Suffrage Postcards: Real Photographic: Items 132-155
Suffrage Postcards: Suffrage Artist: Items 156-167
Suffrage Postcards: Commercial Comic: Items 168-195
General Non-fiction: Items 196-332
General Biography: Items 333-460
General Ephemera: Items 461-541
General Postcards: Items 542-546
General Fiction: Items 547-557
Women and the First World War: Items 558-573
- BILLINGTON-GREIG, Teresa The Militant Suffrage Movement: emancipation in a hurry Frank Palmer no date   ‘I write this book in criticism of the militant suffrage movement beccause I am impelled to do so by forces as strong as those which kept me five years within its ranks….I am a feminist, a rebel, and a suffragist…’ She had been an early member of the WSPU and then a founding member of the Women’s Freedom League and tells the history of the movement from her viewpoint. An important and very scarce book. Good – ex-library £120
- CAMPBELL, Olwen W. The Feminine Point of View Williams & Norgate 1952  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
- CRAWFORD, Elizabeth The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland: a regional survey Routledge 2006  Paper covers – fine condition £25
- CRAWFORD, Elizabeth (ed) Campaigning for the Vote: Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary Francis Boutle 2013  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
- GIBSON, Sir John The Emancipation of Women Gwasg Gomer 1992  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
- KENT, Susan Sex and Suffrage in Britain, 1860-1914 Princeton University Press 1987  Fine in d/w (which has one slight nick) £20
- LIDDINGTON, Jill Vanishing for the Vote: suffrage, citizenship and the battle for the census MUP 2014  Paper covers – fine £12
- MARTIN, Anna Mother and Social Reform NUWSS 1913  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 SOLD
- METCALFE, A.E. Woman’s Effort: a chronicle of British women’s fifty years’ struggle for citizenship (1865-1914) B.H. Blackwell 1917  Essential for suffrage studies – the nearest thing there is to a contemporary study of the WSPU. In very good condition – and very scarce. This is the first copy I’ve had for sale in the last six years £95 SOLD
- MILL, John Stuart Mill The Subjection of Women Longmans, Green, new edition 1906  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
Another copy back cover corner torm
- MORGAN, David Suffragists and Liberals: the politics of woman suffrage in Britain Basil Blackwell 1975  Fine in d/w £15
- ROBINS, Elizabeth Way Stations Hodder & Stoughton 1913  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
- ROVER, Constance Love, Morals and the Feminists Routledge 1970  Good in d/w – though ex-library £18
- RUBINSTEIN, David Before the Suffragettes: women’s emancipation in the 1890s Harvester 1986  Soft covers – very good £15
- SANGER, Margaret Woman and the New Race Brentano’s (NY) 1921 (r/p)  This particular copy of this book has a complicated suffrage-association history. It bears the ink inscription ‘Margaret Sanger, New York, Oct 14-1921’ (which I am sure is Sanger’s own writing). underneath is written – possibly with the same pen, the ink looks the same – but in a different hand ‘zum Andenken! Kitty Marion’.
The book itself was in the ownership of Maud Fussell, an erstwhile member of the WSPU – and bears her ownership inscription written faintly in pencil. My reconstruction of the history of the book is that it was signed by Margaret Sanger, at the request of Kitty Marion (who was of German origin), who was working with her in New York, and was then given by Kitty Marion to Maud Fussell. Good £100
- SCHREINER, Olive Woman and Labour T.Fisher Unwin 1911  If you have seen the film ‘The Suffragette’ you may remember that Maud Potts (aka Carey Mulligan) inherits a book by Olive Schreiner – ‘Dreams’ – and quotes from it. Schreiner was a strong influence on the early-20th-c suffrage movement and ‘Woman and Labour’, concerned with socialism and gender equality, is dedicated to Lady Constance Lytton. This particular copy bears on its front cover the large label of the Irishwomen’s Reform League Lending Library open to the public 29 South Anne Street Dublin (and then with further info re opening times etc). Inside, the free front end paper carries another ‘Irishwomen’s Reform League’ label (rather attractively printed in green on white paper). Above the label is the signature of Louie Bennett, founder in 1911 of the Irishwomen’s Reform League, and at the bottom of the page is an address, presumably hers, ‘Undercliff, Killiney.’ The label has been added after the ink signature and address were written and my interpretation is that Louie Bennett had bought this book, for herself and then gavve it to the lending library of her new organisation. As a text ‘Woman and Labour’ was central to the desire to change the social and economic position of women that motivated the IRL. Items connected to the Irish suffrage movement are very scarce. In good condition.£120
- STOPES, Charlotte Carmichael British Freewomen: their historical privilege Swan Sonnenschein, 3rd ed 1907  An important volume in the historiography of the women’s suffrage movement. Mrs Stopes made use of material collected by Helen Blackburn. Good. £65 SOLD
- STRACHEY, Ray The Cause: a short history of the women’s movement in Great Britain G. Bell 1928  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.
- VILLIERS, Brougham (ed) The Case for Women’s Suffrage Fisher Unwin 1907  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 SOLD
- (DUNIWAY) Ruth Barnes Moynihan Rebel for Rights: Abigail Scott Duniway Yale University Press 1983  Abigal Scott Duniway (1834-1915), American suffragist, journalist, and national leader. Fine in d/w £5
- (FAWCETT) David Rubinstein A Different World for Women: the life of Millicent Garrett Fawcett Ohio State University Press 1991  Mint in d/w £15
- GORDON, Helen The Prisoner: an experience of forcible feeding [by a Suffragette] Garden City Press 1911  ‘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
- (LYTTON) Lady Betty Balfour (ed) Letters of Constance Lytton William Heinemann 1925  Very good – in purple cloth, with design by Syvlia Pankhurst on front cover £68
- (LYTTON) Lady Betty Balfour (ed) Letters of Constance Lytton William Heinemann 1925  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
- LYTTON, Lady Constance Prisons and Prisoners William Heinemann 1914 (2nd imp)  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
- (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  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
- FAIRBAIRNS, Zoe Stand We at Last Virago 1983  A picaresque novel, with a suffrage sequence. Paper covers – very good £4
- GIBBS, Philip Intellectual Mansions S.W. Hutchinson 1930 (r/p)  First published in 1910 this is a story of lives lived in a mansion block on the borders of a (fictionalised) Battersea Park. The review in ‘Votes for Women’, 27 May 1910, stressed how the ‘most effective and literal description of certain phases of the women’s suffrage movement’ would be of great interest to readers of the paper. Philip Gibbs was a journalist and recognised a newsworthy story. A lengthy scene set in the ‘King’s Hall’ (ie the Albert Hall) describes in graphic detail the attacks by stewards on women who attempted to question the prime minister about ‘Votes for Women’. Good internally – front cover of this small ‘Uniform Edition’ hanging on by a few threads. A good read £18
- HINE, Muriel The Man With the Double Heart John Lane 1914  The heroine’s mother is a Militant Suffragette; she is not. Good £18
- JOHNSTON, Sir Harry Mrs Warren’s daughter: a story of the women’s movement Chatto & Windus 1920  A suffrage novel. Very good – presentation copy from the author’s wife £35
- LEFROY, Ella Napier The Man’s Cause John Lane 1899  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
- LUCAS, E.V. Mr Ingleside Methuen, 15th ed, no date 1910/1912?)  A novel with suffrage scenes. Only a reading copy – cloth worn – backstrip loose £4
- MASEFIELD, John The Street of To-day J.M. Dent 2nd ed, 1911  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
- MASSIE, Chris Esther Vanner Sampson Low, Marston & Co no date (1937)  The heroine is a suffragette. Very good in d/w £35
- PAGE, Gertrude The Winding Paths Hurst & Blackett c 1911 [8th ed]  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
- SHAW, Bernard Press Cuttings: a topical sketch compiled from the editorial and correspondence columns of the Daily Papers Constable & Co no date (1909)  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
- SPENDER, Dale And HAYMAN, Carole (eds) How the Vote Was Won and other suffragette plays Methuen 1985  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
- BODICHON, Mrs Reasons for the Enfranchisement of Women London National Society for Women’s Suffrage, no date late 1860s?  Printed by Head, Hole & Co, Farringdon Street and Ivy Lane, E.C. Scarce and important pamphlet -8pp – good £250
- CAHILL, Richard Staunton A Lecture on Woman’s Rights, Cockermouth, 1888  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
- CHURCH LEAGUE FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE Mission Week 1912 CLWS 1912  Single-sided leaflet (22cm high x 14cm wide) giving details of the main events of Mission Week. In good condition £45
- CHURCH LEAGUE FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE Resolutions Passed at the General Council, January 25, 1912  Single-sided sheet (34cm x 21cm) setting out the Resolutions, which included ‘That the Council consider means of breaking down the unfriendly attitude of the Ecclesiastical Press’; ‘That a better and more expensive brooch be made’, and that ‘Lady Day be observed throughout all the Branches as a Day of Intercession for the Women’s Movement’. Very good condition – has been folded £50
- CHURCH LEAGUE FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE Third Annual Mission June 2-8 1912  Programme for the CLWS Mission Week – which included ‘Street Sales of the Monthly Paper) (that is, the CLWS’s own paper), a Day of Meditation and Prayer at the Royal Chapel of the Savoy, where the Chaplain, Rev Hugh Chapman ( a great favourite with Kate Parry Frye), took one of the services, a Service at St Ethelburga’s, bishopsgate, with an address from the Rev Dr Cobb, a Public Discussion on ‘The Church and the Social Problem’ at which one of the speakers was Dr Letitia Fairfield (sister of Rebecca West) and ending with a Procession on Sat 8 June from Marble Arch to St George’s Bloomsbury. 4-pp programme -in very good condition – most unusual £100
- CICELY HAMILTON  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
- CICELY HAMILTON  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
- CICELY HAMILTON  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 SOLD
- COBB, W.F. Letters of a Commonwealth Man: Women and Brute Force Woman’s Press 11 March 1912  Leaflet published by the WSPU’s Woman’s Press by the Rev W.F. Cobb, vicar of St Elthelburga the Virgin within Bishopsgate. He was a vehement supporter of the WSPU and castigates the government, the press and the judiciary for their treatment of the suffragettes sent to prison after the window-smashing demonstration in early March 1912. Rather beautifully expressed. ‘While Dr Garrett Anderson, Dr Ethel Smyth, Mrs Pankhurst are ‘picking ockum’,,,Mrs Humphry Ward, clad in sables, is disporting herself in her favourite futilities’ etc,. Double-sided leaflet 22ccm high x 14 cm wide – in very good condition. Very scarce – I have never seen this leaflet before £100 SOLD
- CONFERENCE ON ELECTORAL REFORM Letter from Mr Speaker to the Prime Minister HMSO 1917  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
- CORONATION PROCESSION 17 June 1911  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
- DAILY HERALD 27 FEBRUARY 1913  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
- DAILY HERALD APRIL 14, 1913  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
- DAILY HERALD MARCH 26, 1913  Includes a long article – ‘How I was Tortured’ – by Sylvia Pankhurst. Very good £55
- ELMY, Elizabeth Wostenholme Woman’s Franchise: the need of the hour ILP 2nd ed, no date   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
- FAITHFULL, Emily (ed) Victoria Magazine vol 1 Emily Faithfull, Victoria Press 1863  The first volume of a new feminist magazine edited by Emily Faithfull. Among the contributors to this volume (May to October 1863) were Emily Davies (although writing anonymously) on ‘The Influence of University Degrees on the Education of Women’ and ‘Needleworkers v. Society’, Frances Power Cobbe, ‘The Humour of Nations’, the Rev Llewllyn Davies (brother to Emily). Meredith Townsend, ‘The Career of Women in India’, and poems by Christina Rossetti and Isa Craig. Very good internally – half leather and marbled boards – the front board is holding to the spine but very fragile. Extremely scarce £120
- GLASGOW SOCIETY FOR EQUAL CITIZENSHIP COMMEMORATION BOOK  A book stamped in gilt on the front leather cover with ‘6th February 1918’ and the initials ‘M.J.B.’. It contains details of all the memorial dinners held most years from 1919 until 1966 by what became the ‘Citizenship Group (Glasgow)’ to celebrate the passing of the 1918 Representation of the People Act. The book was kept by Marion Buchanan, who was the Hostess at the First Meeting on 6 February 1919.
The meeting in 1925 was held in the Grand Hotel and laid in is a photograph of those attending, annotated with their names – they include Marion Buchanan, Nina Boyle, and Frances Melville, who had been one of the appellants in the 1908 case brought to the House of Lords asking that Scottish women graduates should be given the right to vote for MPs who stood for Scottish university seats. There is a similarly annotated photograph of the group taken at their 1927 dinner, held at the Ca’doro Restaurant. In 1929 pasted in is the invitation to representatives from Glasgow to attend the Service in Westminster Abbey in memory of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, long -time leader of the NUWSS. Pasted in, on the page opposite the programme for the 1931 dinner, is a photograph of Frances Melville wearing academic robes – she was ‘Woman of the Year’ at that dinner. In 1933 the dinner was held at the Rhul Restaurant and the cyclostyled programme is decorated across the corner with red, white and green, the NUSEC colours (as previously they had been of the NUWSS). From 1935 those present signed their attendance -in 1935 that resulted in 77 names. That dinner had also celebrated the work of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals and among the signatories were Dr Louise McIlroy and Dr Katherine Macphail and a number of other members of the SWH, such as Vera Holme and Margaret Greenlees, who added ‘S.W.H.’ after their names. Vera Holme gave a full description ‘Elsie Inglis Unit Serbia and Russia WSPU’. In 1937 one of the guest speakers was Edith Craig (theatre producer and daughter of Ellen Terry) and among the signatories were Vera Holme and the artist De Courcy Lethwaite Dewar. In 1938 Eunice Murray and Marion Gilchrist were among those present. In 1939 Vera Holme was one of the speakers and pasted in is a newspaper photo of 9 of the 57 attending, identified by name. The meetings continued in this way all through the Second World War, through the 1950s and up until 1962, with a final meeting held in 1966. There are numerous press cuttings pasted onto the pages, one of which reveals that the banner of the Glasgow and West of Scotland Suffrage Society that had been carried in one of the spectacular pre-First World War London demonstrations, was unfurled at each of the commemorations. Among other items pasted in is the 1952 invitation to Marion Buchanan to attend the unveiling of a memorial to Millicent Fawcett in St George’s Chapel in Westminster Abbey. As time passed the event moved from being an evening to an afternoon event. There are 23 signatures for the final commemoration, held on 11 February 1966. Also included are two copies of a photo (dating from the 1920s) of group of women who could probably be identified with reference to the photographs in the Commemoration book (and also 2 photographs of J. Gray Buchanan, whom I presume is Marion Buchanan’s father). The book is in very good condition £1,200 SOLD
- GREAT MEETINGS TO CONSIDER ‘THE RELIGIOUS ASPECT OF THE WOMEN’S MOVEMENT’  The Programme for the event that took place on Wednesday 19 June 1912 in the Queen’s Hall, Langham Place, London. The organiser was Miss Lucy Gardner, 7 Bigwood Road, Golders Green and the chairmen were Mrs Louise Creighton, widow of a former bishop of London, and the bishop of Oxford. Among the several other speakers were the bishop of Hull and Maude Royden. The programme also mentions that a ‘Quiet Day’ was being held on 12 June at Morley Hall, 26 George St, Hanover Square, London W where ‘Friends are invited to come in for silent or united prayer for longer or shorter periods.’ The 4-page programme (26cm high x 22 cm wide) includes a long list of ‘Supporters and Guarantors’ of the event. In good condition – has been folded -unusual – I’ve never seen a programme for this event before £100
- ‘HEADS I WIN, TAILS YOU LOSE’ c 1916  ‘(A political forecast addressed to those 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 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 lawin 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 £30 SOLD
- HMSO Representation of the People Act, 1918 HMSO 1918  Section 4 (Franchises [Women]) of Part I was what it had all been about. 162pp -good – missing, I think, paper covers £35 SOLD
- ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS 12 December 1908  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 SOLD
- ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS 25 January 1908  ‘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 SOLD
- ILLUSTRATED LONDON NEWS 27 June 1908  ‘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 SOLD
- L’EFFORT LIBRE F. Rieder & Co (Paris) Dec 1913  Contains a 20-pp article (in French), ‘Les Suffragistes militantes’ by Israel Zangwill. Paper covers – very good £18
- L’EGLISE CATHOLIQUE N’EST PAS OPPOSEE AU SUFFRAGE DES FEMMES  Published by the ‘Comité du Club des Femmes de Montréal c 1921. One-sided leaflet – rubbed – ex-Women’s Library £1 SOLD
- LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON – LETTER  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
- 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  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
- LENA CONNELL PHOTOGRAPHS ELLEN TERRY  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 stock number 14172. The photographs were probably taken c late 1909/1910. None, as far as I can see, appear in the Ellen Terry entry in theNational Portrait Gallery’s ‘Later Victorian Portraits’. All in mint condition – an amazing survival £800
- LENA CONNELL PHOTOGRAPHS ELLEN TERRY, MAINLY AS ‘NANCE OLDFIELD’  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 ‘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
- LONDON AND NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SERVICE Report, October 1st 1938 to March 31st 1943  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
- MCKENNA, Reginald  Tss letter on Home Office notepaper, signed in ink by Reginald McKenna, the home secretary, written to Athelstan Rendall, a Gloucestershire radical Liberal MP, dated 10 July 1914. McKenna is answering a query about the status of George Lansbury MP who had been imprisoned in Pentonville on 30 July 1913 after giving in a speech in which he appeared to sanction the suffragettes’ arson campaign. Lansbury had refused to be bound over and was given a three month sentence and, once imprisoned, began a hunger strike. He was released on 2 August 1913, under the ‘Cat and Mouse Act,. and was never rearrested.This letter explains why he had never been required to finish his sentence and also mentions that if Sylvia Pankhurst, who was at this time constantly being rearrested, came to the same arrangement she too would go free. A very interesting document £250
- MANCHESTER NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE  ‘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 SOLD
- MARY PHILLIPS  A fat ringbinder of research material (much of it photocopied from diverse sources) relating to Mary Phillips, successively organizer for the WSPU, the East London Federation of the Suffragettes, the United Suffragists, the New Constitutional Society for Women’s Suffrage, the Women’s International League and the Save the Children Fund. The research material concentrates on her suffrage activity. Together with an original copy of her 15-pp pamphlet ‘The Militant Suffrage Campaign ”, which she published privately in 1957. This tells ‘in a concise form the story of the “Votes for Women Canpaign”‘ and explains ‘the reasoned policy on which it was based.’ The pamphlet is very good in its paper covers. An interesting and useful collection £125
- MEN’S LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Gladstone on Woman Suffrage MLOWS c. 1909  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
- MEN’S LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Is Woman Suffrage A Logical Outcome of Democracy? MLOWS c 1909  Pamphlet no 6 published by the short-lived Men’s League for Opposing Woman Suffrage. 4-pp – very good – scarce £60
- MEN’S POLITICAL UNION FOR WOMEN’S ENFRANCHISEMENT The Case of William Ball: Official Brutality on the Increase MPU 1912  A leaflet, printed in purple and green on white paper, written by Henry Nevinson telling of the treatment of William Ball who in December 1911 was sentenced to two month’s imprisonment for breaking a Home Office window when taking part in a suffragette demonstration. Both his wife and daughter were members of the WSPU and he had just been released from prison for a similar offence. He went on hunger strike in Pentonville and was forcibly fed for over 5 weeks before being transferred, as a pauper, to the Colney Hatch mental asylum. This leaflet is 28cm high x 22cm wide and is in very good condition, except for a broken left-hand bottom corner (no loss of text) Together with a leaflet, again printed in purple and green on white paper, giveing details of ‘A Great Protest Meeting”Against the Inhuman Treatment of William Ball’ to be held in the Queen’s Hall, Langham Place on 1 March 1912. Nevinson was the chairman and the speakers were George Lansbury, Charles Mansell-Moullin ( a doctor and wife of a leading member of the WSPU), Victor Duval (of the MPU) and Mr William Ball ‘(if well enough to appear)’.This leaflet is 22cm high x 15cm and is in very good condition. The two leaflets together – most unusual £250 SOLD
- MEN’S POLITICAL UNION FOR WOMEN’S ENFRANCHISEMENT The Case of William Ball: Official Brutality on the Increase MPU 1912  A leaflet, printed in purple and green on white paper, written by Henry Nevinson telling of the treatment of William Ball who in December 1911 was sentenced to two month’s imprisonment for breaking a Home Office window when taking part in a suffragette demonstration. Both his wife and daughter were members of the WSPU and he had just been released from prison for a similar offence. He went on hunger strike in Pentonville and was forcibly fed for over 5 weeks before being transferred, as a pauper, to the Colney Hatch mental asylum. This leaflet is 28cm high x 22cm wide and is in good condition, except for a broken left-hand bottom corner (no loss of text) £120
- MISS EMILY FAITHFULL  studio photograph by W & D Downey, 57 & 61 Ebury Street, London, together with a printed brief biography. £40
- MISS MORGAN, OF BRECON The Duties of Citizenship Women’s Local Government Society c 1912  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 SOLD
- MRS A. BLANCO WHITE  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
- NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE The ‘Conciliation’ Bill: Revised Version NLOWS no date (1911)  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
- NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Mr J.R. Tolmie’s Reply to Mr L. Housman’s Pamphlet NLOWS no date (1913)  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
- NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Woman Suffrage and the Factory Acts NLOWS no date  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
- NATIONAL SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE CENTRAL COMMITTEE 9 BERNERS STREET, LONDON W  is the printed heading to handwritten letter dated February 12th 1873 and signed by Caroline A Biggs and Agnes Garrett. From the content it is possible to deduce that the letter was written to the secretary of the Little Hulton Local Board [Lancashire] and accompanied a copy of a petition in support of a Bill ‘..to obtain for those women ratepayers and owners of property who possess votes in the election of Local Boards and other local governing Bodies, the right to vote also in the election of members of Parliament’. The letter points out ‘The matter concerns the interests of a considerable portion of the constituency which elects yoru Board, and we venture to hope you will regard it as a fit subject for consideration’. The Central Committee of the National Society had set itself up in London in Jan 1872 with Caroline Ashurst Biggs and Agnes Garrett as its first (joint) secretaries and the Bill referred to was an Electoral Disabilities Removal Bill (which made no progress). It is easy to imagine the effort it took to handwrite this letter to all the local boards throughout the country.The letter has been folded – but has no tears. £75 SOLD
- NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION What Woman Suffrage Means in New Zealand by Lady Stout Woman’s Press no date [c 1908]  Lady Stout was ppresident of the London -based Australian and New Zealand Women Voters’ Committee. Her husband was chief justice of New Zealand. In this leaflet she uses the experience of New Zealand, where women had been enfranchised since 1893, as a riposte to all the fears that made up the argument against allowing British women to follow suit. Extracted from a letter by Lady Stout to ‘The Times’. Double-sided (25cm high x 19cm wide) – in very good condition -scarce – I’ve never had this leaflet in stock before £120 SOLD
- NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION What Women Demand WSPU no date [c 1908/1909]  Leaflet setting out simply the terms on which the WSPU was asking for the vote for women. Single-sided leaflet (22cm x 14) – very good condition £75
- NO SYMPATHY NECESSARY  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 SOLD
- NO VOTE – NO CENSUS – CENSUS RESISTED BADGE  Metal badge worn by suffragettes who boycotted the April 1911 census. Around the outside of the badge is ‘No Vote – No Census – Census Resisted and in the centre ‘A census for Gt Britain shall be taken in the year 1911& the census day shall be Sunday the 2nd day of April in that year’. The round black and grey badge still carries on its reverse the maker’s paper ‘Merchants Portrait Co.’ This badge is extremely scarce – I’ve never had it for sale before. In fine condition £600 SOLD
- NUWSS BADGE  circular, enamel. The upper half is red and carries the words ‘National Union Of’, the middle horizontal section is white with ‘Women’s Suffrage’ and the bottom half is green with ‘Societies’. Although it’s obscured I know that the maker was the firm of Arthur Fenwick, medallists, badge makers, art enamellers etc, established in Vyse Street, Birmingham in 1888. Originally the badge would have been fixed to a lapel with a stickpin, but this is now missing. Even incomplete, with a little damage to the enamel, this is an attractive object and well suited to display. Complete it would be twice as expensive £90 SOLD
- [OSBERT LANCASTER] ‘GREAT NEWS! AUNT ETHEL HAS JUST BEEN CHOSEN TO PLAY MOTHER CHRISTMAS AT THE WOMEN’S LIB BAZAAR’  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
- PANKHURST, Christabel Broken Windows WSPU  Leaflet in which Christabel Pankhurst justified the actions taken by the ‘militant suffragists’ on 1 March 1912 – when they took part in a mass window-smashing demonstration. An extremely interesting and important statement. Double-sided leaflet (26cm high x 19cm wide) – in fine condition £175
- PANKHURST, Christabel A Challenge Woman’s Press  ‘Miss Pankhurst’s unpublished Article in this week’s ‘Votes for Women’, 8 March 1912. This was the week that Christabel eluded the police and escaped to Paris – and ‘Votes for Women’ was censored. The article that was to have been included was, instead, issued by the WSPU as a leaflet. It ends by promising ‘Repression will make the fire of rebellion burn brighter. Harsher punishment will be a direct invitation to more drastic acts of militancy.’ One-sided leaflet issued by the WSPU (28cm high x 20cm wide) – very good – very scarce £150
- PANKHURST, Christabel Mr Lloyd George’s Red Herring WSPU December 1911  Christabel Pankhurst lays bear the WSPU position after the ‘torpedoeing’ of the Conciliation bill and the proposal to introduce a Manhood Suffrage bill that just might be amended to include women. She sees Lloyd George as the villian of the piece and suggests that even if there is an amendment it will exclude unmarried women. Her reasoning gives us an idea of the sophistication of the political analysis that lay behind WSPU policy. This was originally printed as an article in the ‘Woman’s Platform’ section of ‘The Standard’ newspaper on 11 Dec . Double-sided leaflet – 25cm high x 19cm wide – in very good condition. Unusual £150 SOLD
- PANKHURST, Christabel Some Questions Answered NWSPU 1910  Leaflet produced by the WSPU (or National Women’s Social and Political Union as they were still called) for the Jan 1910 General Election. Answers the questions of the day: ‘Do women want the vote?’; ‘On what terms do women want the vote?’; ‘What good will the vote be to women?’; ‘Will women bear the same responsibilities as men if they have the vote? Are they prepared to become soldiers’; ‘Will not the home be neglected if women have the votee?’; ‘Do women want to be in Parliament?’; ‘Why should men help women to get the vote?’. Double-sided leaflet -25cm high x 19cm wide £150
- 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)  Eight-page report . Good – has been folded – scarce £65 SOLD
- PANKO  A suffragette card game, first mentioned in ‘Votes for Women’ in December 1909. The advertisement claimed ‘Not only is each picture in itself an interesting memento, but the game produces intense excitement without the slightest taint of bitterness’.The illustrations on the cards are by E.T. Reed, a ‘Punch’ cartoonist and the manufacturer was Messrs Peter Gurney Ltd. The cards in this set are in very good condition. The outer slip box is missing one of its side pieces – but does bear the label of its retailer ‘Messrs Mawson Swan & Morgan Ltd, High Class Stationers, Newcastle-upon-Tyne’. The ‘Rules’ sheet is missing – as it so often is – but I am supplying a copy.All in all an excellent example of the merchandise generated by the suffragette movement £250 SOLD
- PETERSEN, H. Frances The Belief in Innate Rights NUWSS no date   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 SOLD
- PETHICK-LAWRENCE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE Memories of Fred and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence Pethick-Lawrence Memorial Committee 1963  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
- PICTURE POST, 7 February 1948  Includes an article on ‘Have Women Justified the Vote?’ – to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the 1918 Act – includes interview with Margaret Bondfield £15
- PUNCH CARTOON  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
- PUNCH CARTOON  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 SOLD
- PUNCH CARTOON  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
- SHOULDER TO SHOULDER  A Radio Times Special published to celebrate the first screening of the eponymous BBC series, April 1974. Very good £20
- SIR VICTOR HORSLEY’S REPLY TO SIR A. WRIGHT  A leaflet reproducing a letter written by Sir Victor Horsley to ‘The Times’ in response to one from Sir Almroth Wright. Horsley, a supporter of the suffrage campaign, particularly outspoken against forcible feeding, lambasts Sir Almroth Wright citing his ‘statements are most repulive in the debased picture they present of women in her relation to men’. Horsley could not be more forthright in this denunciation. One-sided leaflet (26.5cm high x 21 cm wide).- no publisher given – in very good condition – unusual £100 SOLD
- SOCIAL INTELLIGENCE  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
- SOCIALISTS AND SUFFRAGETTES  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
- STANDING JOINT COMMITTEE OF INDUSTRIAL WOMEN’S ORGANISATIONS The Position of Women after the War Co-operative Printing Society, no date (1917?)  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
- STRACHEY, Philippa Memorandum On The Position of English Women In Relation to That of English Men London & National Society for Women’s Service 1935  ‘..an 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
- 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)  A pamphlet abridged from Strachey’s ‘The Cause’. Chipped and rubbed – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £10
- SUFFRAGETTE CHINA – ‘ANGEL OF FREEDOM’ DESIGN  Sideplate made by Williamsons of Longton for the WSPU in 1909, initially for use in the refreshment room of the Prince’s Skating Rink Exhibition and then sold in aid of funds. The white china has strikingly clean, straight lines and is rimmed in dark green with a green handle to the cup. Each piece carries the motif, designed by Sylvia Pankhurst, of the ‘angel of freedom’ blowing her trumpet and flying the banner of ‘Freedom. In the background are the intitials ‘WSPU’ set against dark prison bars, surrounded by the thistle, shamrock and rose, and dangling chains. For more information on the WSPU china see my website – http://tinyurl.com/o4whadq. In fine condition – see illustration above £950
- SUFFRAGETTES AT HOME  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
- ‘THE CONCILIATION BILL FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE  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
- THE FIGHTING SEX  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
- ‘THE RIGHTS OF WOMEN’  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
- THE SUFFRAGETTE  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
- ‘THE SUFFRAGETTE’  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
- THE SUFFRAGETTE, 2 MAY 1913  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
- ‘THE SUFFRAGETTES’ IN DOWNING STREET  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
- THE TREATMENT OF THE WOMEN’S DEPUTATIONS OF NOVEMBER 18TH, 22ND AND 23RD 1910 BY THE POLICE  ‘Being a copy of a Memorandum forarded on February 2nd 1911, by the “Conciliation Committeee of Woman Suffrage” to the Home Office, accompanying a request for a public enquiry into the conduct of the police.’ This refers to the treatment of women during the ‘Black Friday’ demonstration in Parliament Square and the follow-up protests. The memorandum is divided into the following headings: Unnecessary Violence, Methods of Torture, Acts of Indecency, After Effects, State of Mind of the Police, Plain Clothes Men, Conclusion. The signatory to the memorandum is H.N. Brailsford, hon sec of the Conciliation Committee. The pamphlet also carries copies of letters from Lord Robert Cecil and Mr Ellis Griffith, both lawyers, that appeared in the press on 24 March 1911. 12 – page pamphlet (25cm high x 18cm wide) – in very good condition. Scarce – I have never had this pamphlet before £150 SOLD
- THE WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE SOCIETIES: WHAT IS THEIR PURPOSE?  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 SOLD
- VOTES FOR WOMEN, 16 August 1912  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 SOLD
- VOTES FOR WOMEN, 26 July 1912  An incomplete copy – pp 693-698 (inc) and 703-708 (inc) – but gives a flavour £30
- VOTES FOR WOMEN CONVICTS LUNATICS & WOMEN ALL HAVE NO VOTES  is the message of a printed handbill measuring 20cm wide x 30 cm high. ‘Votes for Women’ and its accompanying decorative underlining device is printed in red and the rest of the wording is in black on white paper. The combination of the ‘Votes for Women’ heading, the colouring and the typeface leads me to think that this is perhaps a Women’s Social and Political Union handbill pre-dating spring 1908. Red was a colour used on early WSPU material before Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence devised the purple, white and green branding for the June 1908 London demonstration. However, having never seen another example of this particular handbill, I can not offer certain proof. The sentiment – ‘Convicts, Lunatics & Women all have No Votes’ – is one that both the Artists’ Suffrage League and the Suffrage Atelier both wittily rendered in visual form for posters and postcards. The handbill is held in a discreet oak frame, giving overall dimensions for the whole object of 38cm wide x 45cm high. In good condition – unusual £550
- VOTES FOR WOMEN FRIDAY APRIL 30, 1909  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
- WHITTINGTON LIFE ASSURANCE COMPANY Married Women, Their New Rights  ‘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 SOLD
- WOMEN SHOULD VOTE LIBERAL Liberal Publication Dept, no date (1928?)  4-pp leaflet – appealing to the woman voter £5
- WOMEN’S FRANCHISE LEAGUE  ‘Conference of the Women’s Franchise League in Russell Square’, page from ‘The Graphic’ December 12, 1891. The half-page line illustration shows the scene in the Pankhursts’ drawing-room in their house in Russell Square on the occasion when they played host to the League’s three-day conference. Full page from ‘The Graphic’ – good £25 SOLD
- WOMEN’S LOCAL GOVERNMENT SOCIETY The Work of a Public Health Committee WLGS Oct 1918  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
- WOMEN’S NATIONAL ANTI-SUFFRAGE LEAGUE On Suffragettes: extracts from ‘What’s Wrong With The World’ by G.K. Chesterton WNASL c 1909  ‘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 SOLD
- WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION Crowned with Honour: a speech by Mrs Annie Besant, at the Royal Albert Hall, 28 March 1912 Woman’s Press 1912  The speech was delivered in the aftermath of the prison sentences handed down after the window-smashing demonstration in early March 1912. In it she extols ‘the martyrs of this cause [who] wil also be crowned with honour, because they realise that to suffer means in the long run to succeed..’ Double-sided leaflet (24cm high x 20cm wide) – in fine condition £50
- WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION Demonstration Regent’s Park Sunday 9th June, 4pm WSPU no date   Flyer, printed in purple on white paper, advertising this meeting at which speeches were given by Annie Kenney, Mrs Drummond, Georgina Brackenbury, Laurence Housman, Mrs Mansel and, in larger typle, Miss Sylvia Pankhurst. The demonstration was organised by the Paddington & Marylebone, North-West London, Hampstead and Islington branches of the WSPU. Single-sided leaflet (22.5cm high x 14 cm) – in very good condition – very scarce – I’ve never had this leaflet in stock before £150 SOLD
- WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION Votes for Women: A Demonstration in the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday June 15th 1912 WSPU 1912  Leaflet – printed in purple and green on white paper and bearing Sylvia Pankhurst’s ‘woman sowing seed’ design – advertising an important meeting that was fully reported in the issue of ‘Votes for Women’ of 21 June 1912. Mabel Tuke took the chair (in the enforced absences of Mrs Pankhurst and Mrs Pethick-Lawrence) and the speakers were T.M. Healy, the barrister and MP who had defended Mrs Pethick-Lawrence at her trial for conspiracy in March, Elizabeth Robins, Annie Kenney and Mrs Mansell-Moullin. There was a febrile atmosphere, with messages read out from prisoners who were being held, on hunger strike, as a result of the March window-smashing demonstrations. Single-sided leaflet (23cm high x 14cm wide) – in fine condition – most unusual £150
- WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION Is the English Law Unjust to Women The Woman’s Press no date (post-1908)  Written by ‘Frederick Pethick Lawrence, Barrister-at-Law’ in which he sets out how the law is unjust to the female sex – as a girl, as an unmarried woman, as a wife, as a mother, as a widow and as a citizen. Single sheet – printed both sides. In good condition – a little creased. £85 SOLD
- WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION Mrs Pankhurst’s Treatment in Prison, by Dr Ethel Smyth WSPU 1912  Statement by Dr Ethel Smyth regarding Mrs Pankhurst’s imprisonment in March 1912 – along with numerous other suffragettes, including Dr Smyth – after the window-smashing demonstration in London. The leaflet includes Dr Smyth’s lengthy letter to ‘The Times’, dated 17 April 1912, a reply from the Home Office, published in ‘The Times’ on 20 April, and Dr Smyth’s reply to that, published on 26 April. 4-pp leaflet (25.5cm high x 19cm wide) -very good – unusual. £120
- ANNIE KENNEY  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
- CHRISTABEL PANKHURST  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
- CHRISTABEL PANKHURST  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
- CHRISTABEL PANKHURST  photographed by Lizzie Caswell Smith, 309 Oxford Street, London W. Head and shoulders oval portrait, The caption is ‘Miss Christabel Pankhurst The Women’s Social and Political Union 4 Clement’s Inn, London WC. It was published by Sandle Bros. The card has been pinned up at its four corners and then roughly removed leaving holes – but in no way affecting the image £30
- FLORA DRUMMOND  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 – fine condition – scarce. £180
- LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON CARD – SIGNED  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
- LONDON LIFE. ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN’  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
- MISS CHRISTABEL PANKHURST  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
- MISS TERESA BILLINGTON  Real photographic postcard – full-length studio portrait. The card is headed ‘Votes for Women’ and underneath her name captioned ‘The Women’s Social and Political Union, 4 Clement’s Inn, Strand, London WC.’ It must date from before October 1907 which was when, with Mrs Despard, she broke from the WSPU to found the Women’s Freedom League. She married in February 1907, becoming Mrs Billington-Greig, so it is likely that the card predates her wedding, making it a very early WSPU card. Fine – Unposted £120
- MR AND MRS PETHICK LAWRENCE AND MISS CHRISTABEL PANKHURST GOING TO BOW STREET, OCTOBER 14 1908  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
- MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD  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’. £30
- MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD  real photographic card, photograph by Lena Connell. Fine – unposted £30
- MRS DESPARD PRESIDENT  The Women’s Freedom League, 1 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C. Rather unusually this is a full-length photograph of Mrs Despard – clearly taken in a studio. The photographer is given as ‘M.P.C. London NW’ which I’m pretty certain stands for the Merchants’ Portrait Company which was based in Kentish Town and which is known for the photographic badges it issued for leaders of the suffrage societies. The card was published by the WFL. In good condition – with one tiny scuff on one edge.Unusual £40
- MRS LILIAN M. HICKS  – photographed by Lena Connell – an official Women’s Freedom League photographic postcard. Mrs Hicks had been an early member of the WSPU, but left to join the WFL in the 1907 split, returning in 1910 to the WSPU. Fine – unposted £35
- MRS PANKHURST  photograph by Jacolette. Her ‘Holloway Prison’ brooch is pinned to her artistic blouse . Very good – unposted £55
- MRS PANKHURST, MISS ANNIE KENNEY, & MRS PETHICK LAWRENCE  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 ‘Rush the House of Commons’ postcards that date from October 1909 – so I would deduce that this card was published around the same time. Comment on the back says ‘Given by Mrs Sto’hlor’ [I think] Fine – unposted £120
- MRS PETHICK-LAWRENCE  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
- MRS WOLSTENHOLME ELMY  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
- PHOTOGRAPH FRAMED AND MOUNTED  of a WSPU poster parade. Towards the forefront of the picture a woman is carrying a placard that reads’ Votes for Women. The Cabinet Is To Blame For Militancy’. She is followed by at least 8 other women carrying posters and in the forefront is a young woman selling copies of ‘Votes for Women’ and carrying what could be a WSPU flag (it is tricolour, but of course the black and white photograph doesn’t confirm that the flag is purple, white and green, though I’m sure it is). I can’t work out exactly where the photograph was taken, although the street lights are identical to those around Westminster. The season is autumn/winte and from the costumes I would date the image to late 1912-1914. It is noticeable that the dress of the ‘poster’ women is more subdued, skirts that little bit shorter, hats calmer, than those of the women looking on. The photograph itself is glossy, but may have originated as a newspaper photo. I suspect that the woman who mounted and framed it is one of those in the photograph. The mount is discoloured across the bottom left-hand side and with a few other marks elesewhere – but there are no marks on the photograph itself £120
- ‘RUINS OF ST KATHERINE’S CHURCH, BURNT DOWN MAY 6 1913’  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
- THE WOMEN’S GUILD OF EMPIRE Banner Making for the Great Demonstration, April 17th 1926  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
- THE WOMEN’S GUILD OF EMPIRE Mrs Flora Drummond – Controller-in-Chief  Card published c 1926 by The Women’s Guild of Empire, from its headquarters at 24 Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1. Fine -unposted – unusual £95
- VOTES FOR WOMEN  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
- DESTRUCTION OF GRAND STAND BY SUFFRAGETTES AT HURST PARK SUNDAY JUNE 18 1913  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 https://womanandhersphere.com/2013/06/07/suffrage-stories-kitty-marion-emily-wilding-davison-and-hurst-park/). Fine – posted from Esher to Norfolk on 30 June 1913 – the message begins ‘Just another for your collection’. Very scarce £180
Suffrage Artists’ Cards
- COMPANIONS IN DISGRACE  – 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
- IS THIS RIGHT?  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
- MRS POYSER AGAIN  ‘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
- OXFORD WOMEN STUDENTS’ SOCIETY FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE  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 SOLD
- SEVEN TO TWO!  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
- THE ANTI-SUFFRAGIST  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
- THE APPEAL OF WOMANHOOD  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
- THOMSON-PRICE, Louisa Types of Anti-Suffragists  ‘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 – slight marks across two corners where it has been held in an album – scarce £120
- THOMSON-PRICE, Louisa Types of Anti-Suffragists  ‘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
- ‘WHO SPENDS THE TAXES?’  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
- WHY WON’T THEY LET THE WOMEN HELP ME?  reprint by the Communist Party of Great Britain of the original Joan Harvey Drew card issued by the Artists’ Suffrage League. Good – unposted £5
- YOUNG NEW ZEALAND  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
Commercial Comic Cards
- ARE WE DOWNHEARTED? NO!  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
- ‘AT THE SUFFRAGETTE MEETINGS  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
- BUT SURELY MY GOOD WOMAN DON’T YOU YEARN FOR SOMETHING …  The suffragettes are canvassing on the doorstep. The artist is Arthur Moreland; the publisher is C.W. Faulkner. Very good – unposted £45
- ‘HI! MISS! YER TROWSERS IS A-COMING DOWN’  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
- I PROTEST AGAINST MAN-MADE LAWS  The suffragette is in the dock. Artist is Arthur Moreland; publisher C.W. Faulkner. Very good – unposted £45
- NOW MADAM – WILL YOU GO QUIETLY OR SHALL I HAVE TO USE FORCE?  The suffragette is interrupting a meeting. Artist is Arthur Moreland; publisher is C.W. Faulkner. Fair – unposted £35
- ONCE I GET MY LIBERTY, NO MORE WEDDING BELLS FOR ME!  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
- PETTICOAT GOVERNMENT  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
- SOUTHWOLD EXPRESS  ‘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
- SUFFRAGETTE SUMMER FESTIVAL  privately, relatively recently made postcard of suffragettes in elegant white dresses and hats (at least one with what is obviously a purple, green and white belt) standing outside the Empress Rooms in Kensington holding placards to advertise the WSPU Summer Festival. It was at the Festival that Emily Davison spent her last evening before setting off for the Derby. An excellent and interesting image, although not an original photograph. £12
- THE LADIES CLUB  Captioned: ‘The Old Order Changeth’ – Edwardian lady is departing the rather arts and crafts sitting room, leavin g herhusband smoking his pipe and darning a sock in front of the fire. As she goes she says ‘Have got a card tournament at the Club old chappie. You needn’t sit up. Ta, Ta!’ The card is one of Ladies’ Club series depicting women and club life from different angles. The card was posted in Colchester in 1906. Very good £12
- THE SUFFRAGETTE Addresses a meeting of Citizens  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
- THEM PESKY SUFFRAGETTES WANTS EVERYTHING FOR THEMSELVES  says old man confronted with a door labelled ‘For Ladies Only’. A US postcard. Fine – unposted £30
- A THING OF THE PAST, OLD DEAR.  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
- THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MAN BUILT  ‘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
- THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MAN BUILT  ‘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
- THIS IS THE HOUSE THAT MAN BUILT  ‘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
- VALENTINE SERIES:COMPARISONS The Attitude of Politicians towards Women’s Suffrage  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
- VALENTINE SUFFRAGETTE SERIES Gimme a Vote You Cowards  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
- VALENTINE SUFFRAGETTE SERIES Give Us a Vote Ducky! Oh do, There’s a Dear  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
- VALENTINE SUFFRAGETTE SERIES Safe in the Arms of a Policeman  Printed in red and black on white – dishevelled viragos are carried away by red-faced policemen. Good £45
- VALENTINE’S SERIES An Appeal to John Bull  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
- VALENTINE’S SERIES A Suffragette in Prison  ‘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
- VALENTINE’S SERIES The Visiting Magistrate (Scene, In Holloway Prison)  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
- VALENTINE’S SERIES:COMPARISONS Comparisons are Odious  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
- VALENTINE’S SERIES:COMPARISONS Oh, what a Difference!  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
- VOTES FOR WOMEN: OUR VIEWS AT SOUTHEND-ON-SEA  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
- WHEN WOMEN VOTE: Washing Day  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
- 500 HOUSEWIVES Five Hundred Household Hints Country Life 1926  The hints originated in ‘House & Garden’ – supplied by readers. Very good £8
- ALLEN, Jennifer (ed) Lesbian Philosophies and Cultures State University of New York Press 1990  Paper covers – very good £5
- ALLSOPP, Anne The Education and Employment of Girls in Luton, 1874-1924: widening opportunities and lost freedoms Boydell Press/Bedfordshire Historical Record Society 2005  Examines the education of Luton girls and its relationship with employment opportunities. Mint in d/w £20
- ANDREWS, Maggie The Acceptable Face of Feminism: the Women’s Institute as a social movement Lawrence & Wishart 1997  Soft covers – mint £9
- ANON Enquire Inside For Everything You Want to Know In Your Domestic and Social Life W. Foulsham no date [1930s?]  Paper covers – good – some foxing £4
- Anon The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to Shopping Retail Trading Standards Association no date   ‘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
- ANON You And I Cookery Book: an effort to meet a need in the cheapest form Birling Publishing Co no date [1930s?/1940s?]  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
- BALFOUR, Margaret and YOUNG, Ruth The Work of Medical Women in India OUP 1929  With a foreword by Mary Scharlieb. Very good internally – cloth covers good – extremely scarce £55 SOLD
- BASCH, Françoise Relative Creatures: Victorian women in society and the novel Schocken Books 1974  Very good £4
- (BERRY) Lewis Melville (ed) The Berry Papers: being the correspondence hitherto unpublished of Mary and Agnes Berry (1763-1852) John Lane 1914  Most engaging letters. With numerous illustrations. Very good £18
- BERRY, Mrs Edward And MICHAELIS, Madame (eds) 135 Kindergarten Songs and Games Charles and Dible, no date   ‘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
- BLACK, Clementina Sweated Industry and the Minimum Wage Duckworth 1907  With an introduction by A.G. Gardiner, chairman of the executive committee of the National Anti-Sweating League £45 SOLD
- BLAIR, Kirstie Form & Faith in Victorian Poetry & Religion OUP 2012  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
- BLUM, Deborah Ghost Hunters Century 2006  Study of the Society for Psychical Research, founded in 1882. Soft covers – mint £4
- BOARD OF EDUCATION Special Reports on Educational Subjects vol 15 HMSO 1905  ‘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
- BOARD OF EDUCATION Special Reports on Educational Subjects vol 19 HMSO 1907  ‘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
- Boucé, Paul-Gabriel (ed) Sexuality in 18th-century Britain Manchester University Press 1982  Includes essays by Roy Porter, Ruth Perry and Pat Rogers – among others. Very good in d/w £24
- BRAITHWAITE, Brian And BARRELL, Joan The Business of Women’s Magazines Kogan Page, 2nd ed 1988  Fine £8
- BRANDON, Ruth Other People’s Daughters: the life and times of the governess Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2008  Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £12
- BRITTAIN, Vera Lady Into Woman: a history of women from Victoria to Elizabeth II Andrew Dakers 1953  Good – though ex-public library £8
- BRUMBERG, Joan Jacobs Fasting Girls: the history of anorexia nervosa Vintage 2000  Soft covers – fine £8
- 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  An excellent study. Soft covers – fine £18
- BURSTALL, Sara A. The Story of the Manchester High School for Girls 1871-1911 Manchester University Press 1911  Cover marked and faded – internally good. Scarce £38
- BY THE AUTHOR OF ENQUIRE WITHIN UPON EVERYTHING The Reason Why: Domestic Science Houlston & Sons c 1900? reprint  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
- BYRNE, Katherine Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary Imagination CUP 2010  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
221.CALVERTON, V.F. and SCHMALHAUSEN, S.D. (eds) Sex in Civilsation Macaulay Co (NY) 1929 (reprint)  With an introduction by Havelock Ellis. Contributors include Beatrice Forbes-Robertson Hale, Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Margaret Sanger. Good – 719pp – heavy £12
- 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  ‘..rendering easily accessible the main facts of the political position of women from 1066 to the present-day.’ Good – and scarce. £65
- 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  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
- CHASE, Ellen Tenant Friends in Old Deptford Williams and Norgate 1929  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
- CLAPP, Elizabeth and JEFFREY, Julie Roy (eds) Women, Dissent and Anti-Slavery in Britain and America, 1790-1865 OUP 2011  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
- CLARKE, Patricia The Governesses: letters from the colonies 1862-1882 Hutchinson 1985  Fine in fine d/w £7
- COHEN, Monica Professional Domesticity in the Victorian Novel: women, work and home CUP 1998  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
- COLLET, Clara Report by Miss Collet of the Statistics of Employment of Women and Girls HMSO 1894  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 SOLD
- COLLET, Clara Report by Miss Collet on the Money Wages of Indoor Domestic Servants HMSO 1899  Women workers were in the overwhelming majority of those considered in this report. Fascinating information. Very good in original card covers £55
- CORNFORD, L. Cope And YERBURY, F.R. Roedean School Ernest Benn 1927  Large format – heavily illustrated – photographs and line drawings – good internally, spine cloth split £5
- CRAIG, Elizabeth Housekeeping Collins 1947  With many photographs. In ‘Elizabeth Craig’s Household Library’ series. Good in torn d/w £8
- CRAWFORD, Elizabeth Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle Francis Boutle 2009 (r/p)  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
- DAVID, Deirdre (ed) The Cambridge Companion to the Victorian Novel CUP 2012 (2nd ed)  This second edition includes essays by Kate Flint, Caroline Levine, Nancy Armstrong, Lyn Pykett and Clare Pettit – amongst others. Soft covers – mint £15
- DAVIES, Emily Thoughts On Some Questions Relating to Women, 1860-1908 Bowes and Bowes (Cambridge) 1910  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 SOLD
- DICKENS, Andrea Janelle Female Mystic: great women thinkers of the Middle Ages I.B. Tauris 2009  Soft covers – fine £10
- DON VANN, J. and VANARSDEL, Rosemary T. (eds) Periodicals of Queen Victoria’s Empire: an exploration University of Toronto Press 1996  Fine in fine d/w £18
- DYHOUSE, Carol Feminism and the Family in England 1880-1939 Basil Blackwell 1989  Soft covers – very good £12
- ELLIS, Mrs Sarah Stickney The Select Works Henry G. Langley (New York) 1844  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
- FINDLAY, J.J. (ed) The Young Wage-Earner and the Problem of His Education: essays and reports Sigwick and Jackson 1918  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
- FREVERT, Ute Women in German History: from bourgeois emancipation to sexual liberation Berg 1989  Fine in d/w £8
- FRYE, Susan And ROBERTSON, Karen (Eds) Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens: women’s alliances in early modern England OUP 1999  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
- GATHORNE-HARDY, Jonathan The Rise and Fall of the British Nanny Victorian (& Modern History) Book Club 1972  Good in d/w £3
- GILBERT, Sandra And GUBAR, Susan No Man’s Land: the place of the woman writer in the twentieth century Yale University Press 1994  Vol 3 – ‘Letters From the Front’ .477pp – mint in d/w £25
- GOLDSMITH, Margaret Women and the Future Lindsay Drummond 1946  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
- GOLLANCZ, Victor (ed) The Making of Women: Oxford essays in feminism Allen & Unwin 2n ed, 1918  Contributions from, among others, Maude Royden and Eleanor Rathbone. Good – scarce £65
- HARTLEY, C. GASQUOINE Motherhood and the Relationship of the Sexes Eveleigh Nash 1917  Includes a chapter ‘The Position of Women as Affected by the War’. Good – uncommon £10
- HASLETT, Caroline Teach Yourself Household Electricity English Universities Press, 3rd ed 1953  ‘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
- HASLETT, Caroline (ed) The Electrical Handbook For Women The English Universities Press Ltd, 3rd ed 1939  Packed with information – diagrams and photographs. Very good in chipped d/w £12
- HELSINGER, Elizabeth Et Al (eds) The Woman Question: Social Issues, 1837-1883 Manchester University Press 1983  Volume II of ‘The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883’. Fine £15
- HELSINGER, Elizabeth K. Et Al (eds) The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883 Manchester University Press 1983  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
- HESSELGRAVE, Ruth Avaline Lady Miller and the Batheaston Literary Circle Yale University Press 1927  An 18th-century Bath literary salon. Lady Miller was the first English woman to describe her travels in Italy. Fine £55
- HILL, Georgiana Women in English Life: from mediaeval to modern times Richard Bentley 1896  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
- HOFFMAN, P.C. They Also Serve: the story of the shop worker Porcupine Press 1949  Soft covers – very good £8
- HOLCOMBE, Lee Victorian Ladies at Work: middle-class working women in England and Wales 1850-1914 David & Charles 1973  Very good in chipped d/w £25
- HOLDSWORTH, Angela Out of the Doll’s House: the story of women in the 20th century BBC 1988 (r/p)  Paper covers – very good £5
- HOLLIS, Patricia Ladies Elect: women in English local government 1865-1914 OUP 1987  Excellent study. Paper covers – good – now a scarce book £23
- HOLT, Anne A Ministry To The Poor: being a history of the Liverpool Domestic Mission Society, 1836-1936 Henry Young (Liverpool) 1936  Very good – scarce £45
- HORSFIELD, Margaret Biting the Dust: the joys of housework Fourth Estate 1997  Mint in d/w £5
- (HUTCHINSON) Kathleen Coburn (ed) The Letters of Sara Hutchinson from 1800 to 1835 Routledge 1954  Friend of Mary and William Wordsworth – loved by Coleridge. Good £18
- JAMES, Selma Sex, Race and Class Falling Wall Press 1975  Paper covers – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £5
- JEFFREYS, Sheila The Spinster and Her Enemies: feminism and sexuality 1880-1930 Pandora 1985  Soft covers – fine £8
- JOHNSON, Patricia E. Hidden Hands: working-class women and Victorian social-problem fiction Ohio University Press 2001  ‘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
- KAPLAN, Cora Sea Changes: culture and feminism Verso 1986  Soft covers – fine £8
- KAPLAN, Gisela Contemporary Western European Feminism Allen & Unwin 1992  Fine in d/w £5
- KENEALY, Arabella Feminism and Sex-Extinction E.P. Dutton & Co (NY) 1920  Anti-feminist eugenicist polemic. US edition is scarce. Very good internally – cloth cover a little bumped and rubbed £25
- KERTZER, David and BARBAGLIO, Marzio (eds) Family Life in the Long Nineteenth Century 1789-1913 Yale University Press 2002  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
- KIRKHAM, Margaret Jane Austen, Feminism and Fiction Harvester 1983  Soft covers – fine £10
- 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)  A survey carried out in co-operation with Mass Observation Ltd. Paper covers faded – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £10 SOLD
- LEE, Julia Sun-Joo The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian Novel OUP 2010  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
- LEVINE, Philippa Victorian Feminism 1850-1900 Hutchinson 1987  Paper covers – very good £5
- LEWIS, Judith Schneid In the Family Way: childbearing in the British aristocracy, 1760-1860 Rutgers University Press 1986  Very good in slightly chipped d/w £25
- LIDDINGTON, Jill The Long Road to Greenham: feminism and anti-militarism in Britain since 1820 Virago 1989  Soft covers – very good £10
- LLEWELYN DAVIES, Margaret (ed) Life As We Have Known it by Co-operative Working Women Virago 1977  First published in 1931- with an introduction by Virginia Woolf. Soft covers – good £5
- LLEWELYN DAVIES, Margaret (ed) Maternity: letters from working women collected by the Women’s Co-operative Guild Virago 1984 (r/p)  First published in 1915. Soft covers – very good £8
- LOANE, M. An Englishman’s Castle Edward Arnold 1909  Martha Loane was a district nurse – this study of the homes of the poor is the result of her social investigation. Good £18
- 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)  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
- LOOTENS, Tricia Lost Saints: silence, gender, and Victorian literary canonization University Press of Virginia 1996  Fine in d/w £35
- LYNCH, Mary Sewing Made Easy The World’s Work 1940  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
- MCCANN, Jean Thomas Howell and the School at Llandaff D. Brown (Cowbridge) 1972  Good – ex-university library £15
- MACCARTHY, B.G. The Female Pen; women writers and novelists 1621-1818 Cork University Press 1994  First published in 1944, this edition with an introduction by Janet Todd. Soft covers – 530pp – fine £12
- MCGREGOR, O.R. Divorce in England: a centenary study Heinemann 1957  Very good in d/w £10
- MCQUISTON, Liz Women in Design: a contemporary view Trefoil 1988  Highlights the work of 43 designers from Britain, the US, Europe and Japan. Very good in d/w £5
- MALMGREEN, Gail Neither Bread nor Roses: utopian feminists and the English working class, 1800-1850 John L. Noyce (Brighton). 1978 (r/p)  A ‘Studies in Labour’ pamphlet – 44pp. Soft covers – very good £15
- MALVERY, Olive Christian Baby Toilers Hutchinson 1907  A study of the child workers of Edwardian Britain. Good £38
- MANNIN, Ethel Practitioners of Love: some aspects of the human phenomenon Hutchinson 1969  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
- MARKS, Lara Metropolitan Maternity maternity and infant welfare services in early 20th century London Rodopi 1996  Soft covers – fine £22
- MARTIN, Jane Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian England Leicester University Press 1999  Mint (pub price £65) £35
- MASON, Michael The Making of Victorian Sexuality OUP 1994  Fine in d/w £14
- MEWS, Hazel Frail Vessels: woman’s role in women’s novels from Fanny Burney to George Eliot Athlone Press 1969  Very good in d/w £12
- MILL, John Stuart The Subjection of Women Longmans, Green, Reader & Dyer 1869 (2nd ed)  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
- MINISTRY OF LABOUR & NATIONAL SERVICE Report on Post-War Organisation of Private Domestic Employment HMSO 1945  Interesting snapshot of society on the cusp of change. Paper covers – fine – 26pp £12
- MORRIS, A.J.A (ed) Edwardian Radicalism, 1900-1914: some aspects of British radicalism Routledge 1974  Articles on ‘The Radical Press’, ‘1906: Revival and Revivalism’ (by Stephen Koss), ‘H.G. Wells and the Fabian Society’ (by Margaret Cole); ‘Socialism and progressivism in the political thought of Ramsay MacDonald’, amongst others – but no mention of the women’s movement. Times change, I doubt that such an omission would pass muster now. Very good in d/w £10
- MUMM, Susan (ed) All Saints Sisters of the Poor: an Anglican Sisterhood in the 19th century Boydel Press/Church of England Record Society 2001  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
- NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL 1875-1950 privately printed, no date   A GPDST school. Very good internally – green cloth covers sunned – ex-university library £15
- ORRINSMITH, Mrs The Drawing Room: its decoration and furniture Macmillan 1877  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
- OSBORNE, Honor And MANISTY, Peggy A History of the Royal School for Daughters of Officers of the Army 1864-1965 Hodder & Stoughton 1966  Good – ex-university library £12
- PALMER, Beth Women’s Authorship and Editorship in Victorian Culture OUP 2011  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
- 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  Soft covers – very good – ex-Women’s Library £20 SOLD
- PHILLIPS, M. And TOMPKINSON, W.S. English Women in Life and Letters OUP 1927  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
- PHILLIPS, Margaret Mann Willingly to School: memories of York College for Girls 1919-1924 Highgate Publications 1989  Good in card covers – though ex-library £10
- POOVEY, Mary Uneven Developments: the ideological work of gender in mid-Victorian England Virago 1989  Paper covers – fine £12
- RAPPOPORT, Jill Giving Women: alliance and exchange in Victorian culture OUP 2012  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
- RENDALL, Jane The Origins of Modern Feminism: women in Britain, France and the United States 1780-1860 Macmillan 1985  Soft covers – very good £15
- ROBINSON, Annabel, PURKIS, John, MASSING, Ann A Florentine Procession: a painting by Jane Benham Hay at Homerton College, Cambridge Homestead Press (Cambridge) 1997  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
- ROBINSON, Jane Angels of Albion: women of the Indian mutiny Viking 1996  Very good in rubbed d/w £8
- ROBINSON, Jane Pandora’s Daughters: the secret history of enterprising women Constable 2002  A study of 100 or so women, over 25 centuries, who chose to make an independent way through life. Fine in d/w £10
- ROYDEN, A. Maude Political Christianity G.P. Putnams’ 1923 (r/p)  Dedicated to members of the Guildhouse congregation. Good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £8
- SALES, Roger Jane Austen and Representations of Regency England Routledge 1996  Soft covers – mint £15
- SEARLE, Arthur (ed) Barrington Family Letters 1628-1632 Royal Historical Society 1983  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
- SEIDLER, Victor The Achilles Heel Reader: men, sexual politics and socialism Routledge 1991  Paper covers – mint £5
- SHIMAN, Lilian Women and Leadership in Nineteenth-Century England Macmillan 1992  Fine in d/w (which has slight tear at top of spine) £28
- SHOWALTER, Elaine Inventing Herself: claiming a feminist intellectual heritage Picador 2001  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
- SPROULE, Anna The Social Calendar Blandford Press 1978  Takes us through the Season. Very good in d/w £5
- STAFFORD, H.M. Queenswood: the first sixty years 1894-1954 privately printed 1954  History of the school. Good – ex-college library £12
- STANLEY, Liz Et Al (eds) Auto/Biography: Bulletin of the British Sociological Association Study Group on Auto/Biography (1993)  Vol 2, no 1 ‘Research Practices’. Soft covers – fine £9
- STENTON, Doris Mary The English Woman in History Allen & Unwin 1957  Good reading copy – ex-library £15
- TAYLOR, Barbara Mary Wollstonecraft and the Feminist Imagination CUP 2003  Soft covers – fine £17
- TAYLOR, Jane Contributions of Q.Q. Jackson & Walford 5th ed, 1855  The majority of these essays were first published in the ‘Youth’s Magazine’, between 1816 and 1822. Good in original cloth £15
- 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?]  ‘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
- THE ENGLISHWOMAN’S YEAR BOOK AND DIRECTORY 1904 A & C Black 1904  Indispensable source of information. Very good internally in library binding £80
- THE ENGLISHWOMAN’S YEARBOOK AND DIRECTORY 1901 A & C Black 1901  Ed by Emily Janes. Packed with information. Good internally – cloth covers marked – scarce £80
- THE POETRY REVIEW The Saint Catherine Press May 1912  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
- TOBIN, Beth Fowkes Superintending the Poor: charitable ladies and paternal landlords in British fiction, 1770-1860 Yale University Press 1993  Mint in d/w £18
- TODD, Janet Gender, Art and Death Continuum (NY) 1993  Mint in d/w £14
- TYLECOTE, Mabel The Education of Women at Manchester University 1883 to 1933 Manchester University Press 1941  With a newscutting obituary of Dame Mabel Tylecote laid in. Good – scarce £40
- VALENZE, Deborah The First Industrial Woman OUP 1995  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
- VINCE, Mrs Millicent Decoration and Care of the Home W. Collins 1923  Mrs Vince had been a pupil of the pioneer ‘House Decorator’, Agnes Garrett. Very good in rubbed d/w £18
- WANDOR, Michelene Post-War British Drama: looking back in gender Routledge, revised edition 2001  Soft covers – mint £12
- WEBSTER’S ROYAL RED BOOK or Court and Fashionable Register for May 1876 Webster and Larkin 1876  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
- (WOLLSTONECRAFT) John Windle Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin: a bibliography of the first and early editions with briefer notes on later editions and translations Oak Knoll Press 2nd ed. 2000  Fine £5
- WOLPE, Anne-Marie Some Processes in Sexist Education Women’s Research and Resources Centre 1977  Explorations in Feminism series no1977. Soft covers – very good £8
- 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)  Good £12
- 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  759-pp of biographical reference – and advertisements. Good and tight in red cloth covers decorated in gilt £55
334.(ADDAMS) Louise Knight Jane Addams: Spirit in Action Norton 2011  Biography of the US campaigner for international peace and social justice. Mint in d/w £10
- ALLEN, Alexandra Travelling Ladies: Victorian Adventuresses  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
- (ALLEN) John C. Hirsh Hope Emily Allen: medieval scholarship and feminism Pilgrim Books (Oklahoma) 1988  Biography of an American medieval scholar, born in 1883 – who spent time at Newnham. Fine £15
- (ALVAREZ) Al Alvarez Where Did it All Go Right: an autobioraphy Richard Cohen Books 1999  Poet, critic, novelist, poker player , rock climber- and friend of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath. Fine in fine d/w £6
- (AMBERLEY) Bertrand and Patricia Russell (eds) The Amberley Papers: the letters and diaries of Lord and Lady Amberley Hogarth Press 1937  The epitome of radical liberalism in the mid-19th-century. Both died tragically young. Good £45
- ANON (Agnes Maud Davies) A Book with Seven Seals Cayme Press 1928  First edition of a classic of Victorian childhood – I think perhaps it is a ‘faction’ – am not sure that it is actually a memoir. If I said that it strikes me as having a hint of Rachel Ferguson about it, those that are familiar with her work will know what I mean. The author’s name was withheld for this first edition. An elegant book – cover a little blotched £15
- (ARNOLD-FOSTER) T.W. Moody and R.A.J. Hawkins (eds) Florence Arnold-Foster’s Irish Journal OUP 1988  She was the niece and adopted daughter of W.E. Foster. The journals covers the years 1880-1882 when he was chief secretary for Ireland. Fine in slightly rubbed d/w £10
- (ASHBURTON) Virginia Surtees The Ludovisi Goddess: the life of Louisa Lady Ashburton Michael Russell 1984  She was possibly proposed to by Browning – and was the patroness (and perhaps lover) of Harriet Hosmer. Fine in d/w £18
- AVERY, Gillian Behold the Child: American children and their books 1621-1922 Bodley Head 1994  Studies how the literature of the old world influenced the new. With many illustrations. Heavy. Fine in fine d/w £10
- (BEALE) Elizabeth Raikes Dorothea Beale of Cheltenham Constable 1908  Good £15
- (BEETON) Kathryn Hughes The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs Beeton Harper 2006  Excellent biography. Soft covers – fine £6
- BELL, Alan (ed and with an introduction by) Sir Leslie Stephen’s ‘Mausoleum Book’ OUP 1977  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
- BELL, MAUREEN, PARFIT, GEORGE AND SHEPHERD, SIMON A Biographical Dictionary of English Women Writers 1560-1720 G.K. Hall 1990  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
- (BELL) Regina Marler (ed) Selected Letters of Vanessa Bell Moyer Bell (US) 1998  Soft covers – very good £15
- (BEWICK) Jenny Uglow Nature’s Engraver: the life of Thomas Bewick Faber 2006  Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £10
- (BRANDIS), Marianne Brandis Frontiers and Sanctuaries: a woman’s life in Holland and Canada McGill-Queen’s University Press 2006  The life of Madzy Brender a Brandis (1910-1984) – her experiences in war, as an immigrant and pioneer, wife and mother, writer and painter, and an invalid. Mint in slightly nicked d/w £10
- (BRETTEL) Caroline Brettell Writing Against the Wind: a mother’s life history SR Books 1999  Biography of the author’s mother, a Canadian journalist, who worked from the 1930s to the 1980s. Interesting. Mint £8
- (BRONTE) Dudley Green Patrick Bronte: father of genius The History Press 2008  Fine in fine d/w £10
- (BRONTES) Brian Wilks The Illustrated Brontes of Haworth: scenes and characters from the lives and writings of the Bronte sisters Collins 1986  Fine in fine d/w £8
- (BROUGHTON) Marilyn Wood Rhoda Broughton: profile of a novelist Paul Watkins 1993  Rhoda Broughton (1840-1920) was one of the most famous and successful late-Victorian women novelists. Fine in d/w £15
- (BURNEY) Janice Farrar Thaddeus Frances Burney: a literary life St Martin’s Press 2000  Soft covers – very good £8
- (BURNEY) Joyce Hemlow (ed) Fanny Burney: selected letters and journals OUP 1986  Follows her career from her romantic marriage to the impoverished French émigré General d’Arblay to her death 46 years later. Fine in fine d/w £12
- (BURNEY) Kate Chisholm Fanny Burney: her life 1752-1840 Vintage 1999  Soft covers – fine £5
- CHAPMAN, Barbara Boxing Day Baby QueenSpark Market Books 1994  She was born in Brighton on Boxing Day in 1927. Soft covers – 34pp – very good £4
- (CLIVE) Mary Clive (ed) Caroline Clive: from the diary and family papers of Mrs Archer Clive (1801-1873) Bodley Head  Life among the ‘Landed Gentry’ – beautifully edited by Mary Clive – who had the knack. Good in rubbed d/w £10
- (COLETTE) Herbert Lottman Colette: a life Minerva 1991  Paper covers – good £2
- CRAWFORD, Anne et al (eds) Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women: over 1000 notable women from Britain’s Past Europa 1983  Soft covers – 536pp – fine £10
- (DAYUS) Kathleen Dayus The Best of Times Virago 1991  The 4th volume in her autobiography. Soft covers – very good £5
- (DAYUS) Kathleen Dayus Her People Virago 1982  Soft covers – very good. With Carmen Callil’s bookplate on inside front cover and her signature on title page. £5
- DE FRECE, LADY Recollections of Vesta Tilley Hutchinson 1934  Her autobiography. Good conditiion. Scarce £35
- (DE STAEL/CONSTANT) Renee Winegarten Germaine de Stael and Benjamin Constant: a dual biography Yale University Press 2008  Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w £12
- (DU MAURIER) Judith Cook Daphne: a portrait of Daphne du Maurier Bantam Press 1991  Very good in d/w £5
- (DU MAURIER) Martin Shallcross The Private World of Daphne Du Maurier Robson Books 1991  Biography – by a friend. Fine in d/w £5
- (EDEN) Violet Dickinson (Ed) Miss Eden’s Letters Macmillan 1919  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
- (ELEANOR) Ralph Turner Eleanor of Aquitaine Yale University Press 2009  Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £15
- (ELIOT) Carole Seymour-Jones Painted Shadow: a lfie of Vivienne Eliot Constable & Robinson 2001  Fine in fine d/w £9
- (ELIZABETH) Philip Yorke (ed) Letters of Princess Elizabeth of England, daughter of King George III, and Landgravine of Hesse-Homburg written for the most part to Miss Louisa Swinburne T. Fisher Unwin 1898  Full of social details – letters written both from England and Germany. Good £38
- (EUGENIE) Joyce Cartlidge Empress Eugénie: her secret revealed Magnum Opus Press 2008  The mystery of an illegitimate child…Soft covers – fine £5
- (FRAME) Janet Frame An Autobiography Women’s Press 1991 (r/p)  Contains the three vols that comprise her autobiography – ‘To the Is-land’, ‘An Angel at My Table’ and ‘The Envoy from Mirror City’. Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w £10
- (GAUTIER) Joanna Richardson Judith Gautier: a biography Quartet 1986  Biography of French woman of letters – and muse. Soft covers – fine £6
- (GLADSTONE) Lucy Masterman (ed) Mary Gladstone (Mrs Drew): her diaries and letters Methuen 1930  Daughter of Gladstone, born in 1847, excellent diary and letters, 1858-to her death (1927). Very good in d/w £18
- (GLASPELL) Barbara Ozieblo Susan Glaspell: a critical biography University of North Carolina Press 2000  Soft covers – fine in fine d/w £18
- (HAMMOND) Mrs John Hays Hammond A Woman’s Part in a Revolution Longmans, Green 1987  The ‘Revolution’ was the Boer War – her husband was imprisoned by the Boers. Good £30
- (HARRISON) Amy Greener A Lover of Books: the life and literary papers of Lucy Harrison J.M. Dent 1916  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
- HAYS, Frances Women of the Day: a biographical dictionary of notable contemporaries J.B. Lipincott (Philadelphia) 1885  A superb biographical source on interesting women. Good in original binding – with library shelf mark in ink on spine- scarce £75
- (HOOKS) bell hooks Bone Black: memories of girlhood Women’s Press 1997  Soft covers – mint £5
- (HOOKS) Bell Hooks Wounds of Passion: a writing life Women’s Press 1998  A memoir describing her struggle to become a writer. Soft covers – fine £4
- (HOWARD) Elizabeth Jane Howard Slipstream: a memoir Macmillan 2002  Fine in d/w £8
- (HOWE) Valarie Ziegler Diva Julia: the public romance and private agony of Julia Ward Howe Trinity Press International 2003  Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £10
- (JACQUIER) Sir Francis Meynell introduces The Diary of Ivy Jacquier 1907-1926 Gollancz 1960  Diary of an Ango-French girl/woman – beginning with her time at a school in Eastbourne. Later she studied art in Dresden, lived in pre-1st World War Paris, did voluntary work in a Lyons hospital, and after the war married a Scot and lives in the Lake District and London. A diary to relish. Very good in d/w £10
- (JAMESON) Clara Thomas Love and Work Enough: the life of Anna Jameson Macdonald 1967  Good £10
- (JAMESON) G.H. Needler (ed) Letters of Anna Jameson to Ottilie von Goethe OUP 1939  Very good internally – cover marked £20
- (JAMESON) Judith Johnston Anna Jameson: Victorian, feminist, woman of letters Scolar Press 1997  An examination of Jameson’s non-fiction writing in the context of her life. Mint in mint d/w £20
- (JAMESON) Storm Jameson Journey from the North: autobiography of Storm Jameson Virago 1984  Soft covers – good – 2 volumes complete £12
- [JEBB] Alice Salomon Eglantyne Jebb Union Internationale de Secours Aux Enfants 1936  Short study in French. Paper covers – 53pp – very good £5
- (JEX-BLAKE) Margaret Todd The Life of Sophia Jex-Blake Macmillan 1918  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
- KELSALL, Helen Berridge House Who’s Who, 1893-1957 privately published   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
- (KNIGHT) Roger Fulford (ed) The Autobiography of Miss Knight: lady companion to Princess Charlotte William Kimber 1960  Born in 1757, Ellis Cornelia Knight was appointed to the household of Queen Charlotte in 1805. Very good in torn dustwrapper £12
- LANE, Maggie Literary Daughters Robert Hale 1989  Studies of Fanny Burney, Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Emily Dickinson, Beatrix Potter and Virginia Woolf – and their fathers. Very good in d/w £15
- (LAWRENCE) Rosie Jackson Frieda Lawrence Pandora 1994  Includes ‘Not I, But the Wind and other autobiographical writings’. Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w £8
- (LEIGH) Michael and Melissa Bakewell Augusta Leigh: Byron’s half-sister – a biography Chatto & Windus 2000  Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w £8
- (LIDDELL) Simon Winchester The Alice Behind Wonderland OUP 2011  ‘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
- (MACAULAY) Jane Emery Rose Macaulay: a writer’s life John Murray 1991  Soft covers – fine £6
- MARTINDALE, Hilda Some Victorian Portraits and Others Allen & Unwin 1948  Biographical essays of members of her circle – including Adelaide Anderson, factory inspector. Very good in d/w £18
- (MARTYN) Christopher Hodgson (compiler) Carrie: Lincoln’s Lost Heroine privately published 2010  A biographical anthology of works relating to Caroline Eliza Derecourt Martyn, socialist. Soft covers – fine £10
- MAVINGA, Isha McKenzie And PERKINS, Thelma In Search of Mr McKenzie: two sisters’ quest for an unknown father Women’s Press 1991  An intriguing search to find their black father – their mother was white and Jewish. Soft covers – good £5
- (MAYNARD) Catherine B. Firth Constance Louisa Maynard: mistress of Westfield College Allen & Unwin 1949  Very good – scarce £15
- (MONTGOMERY) Catherine Andronik Kindred Spirit: a biography of L.M. Montgomery, creator of Anne of Green Gables Athenaeum 1993  Very good- in fine d/w £8
- (MONTGOMERY) Mary Rubio and Elizbeth Waterston (eds) The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery: vol 1 1889-1910 OUP 1985  Fine in very good d/w -424pp – heavy £15
- (MOODIE/TRAILL) Charlotte Gray Sisters in the Wilderness: Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill, pioneers of the Canadian backwoods Duckworth 2001  Hardcover – fine in fine d/w £12
- (MORGAN) Mary Campbell Lady Morgan: the life and times of Sydney Owenson Pandora 1988  Soft covers – fine £10
- (MORGAN) Sydney Lady Morgan Passage From My Autobiography Richard Bentley 1859  ‘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
- (MORRELL) Robert Gathorne-Hardy (ed) Ottoline:the early memoirs of Lady Ottoline Morrell; Ottoline at Garsington: memoirs of Lady Ottoline Morrell Faber, 1963 and Faber, 1974 (respectively  Two volumes together, as a set – both good in d/w £28
- NEWNHAM COLLEGE REGISTER 1871-1950 privately printed  packed with biographical information on students and staff. Soft covers – 2 vols – good – although backing on vol 1 is coming unstuck and outermost cover of vol II is missing- internally very good – scarce £40
- (NICE) Miranda Seymour The Bugatti Queen: in search of a motor-racing legend Simon & Schuster 2004  Romantic life of Helle Nice, who set land-speed records for Bugatti in the 1930s. Fine in d/w £8
- (NIGHTINGALE) Lynn McDonald (ed) Florence Nightingale’s European Travels Wilfrid Laurier Press 2004  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
- (NOURSE) Mary Alice Keekin Burke Elizabeth Nourse, 1859-1938: a salon career National Museum of American Art 1983  A study of the artist. Soft covers – large format – many illustrations – very good £15
- (OSBORN) Emily Osborn (ed) Political and Social Letters of a Lady of the Eighteenth Century: 1721-1771 Griffith Farren, Okeden and Welsh (London) 1890  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
- PARRY, Melanie (ed) Chambers Biographical Dictionary of Women Chambers 1996  Soft covers – fine – 741pp – heavy £10
- (PASTON) Helen Castor Blood and Roses Faber 2004  A family biography tracing the Pastons’ story across three generations. Mint in mint d/w £8
- (PHILIPS) Philip Webster Souers The Matchless Orinda Harvard University Press 1931  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
- (PILKINGTON) Norma Clarke Queen of the Wits: a life of Laetitia Pilkington Faber 2008  Biography of a woman of the 18th century – poetess, fallen woman and wit. Mint in d/w £17
- (PLATH/HUGHES) Diane Middlebrook Her Husband: Hughes and Plath: a marriage Little,Brown 2004  Fine in fine d/w £8
- (PORTER) Pamily Petro The Slow Breath of Stone: a Romanesque love story Fourth Estate 2005  Extremely interesting biography of Kingsley and Lucy Porter who in the 1920s documented the Romanesque abbeys of south-west France. Using these photographs and Lucy’s journal the author retraces their steps and their lives. Fine in d/w £8
- (PUREFOY) G. Eland (ed) Purefoy Letters 1735-1753 Sidgwick & Jackson 1931  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
- (RHYS) Francis Wyndham And Diana Melly (eds) Jean Rhys Letters 1931-1966 Deutsch 1984  Very good in d/w £12
- (RICHARDSON) Gloria G. Fromm (ed) Windows on Modernism: selected letters of Dorothy Richardson University of Georgia Press 1995  Over 700pp – mint in d/w £55
- (RIDING) Deborah Baker In Extremis; the life of Laura Riding Hamish Hamilton 1993  Fine in very good d/w £7
- (ROBINS) Octavia Wilberforce Backsettown & Elizabeth Robins published for private circulation 1952  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
- (RUSKIN) Mary Lutyens (ed) Young Mrs Ruskin in Venice: the picture of society and life with John Ruskin 1849-1852 Vanguard Press (NY) 1965  Very good in d/w £12
- (SARTON) Margot Peters
May Sarton: a biography Ballantine 1998  Soft covers – fine £10
- (SARTON) May Sarton At Eighty-Two: a journal Women’s Press 1996  The last of her celebrated journals. Paper covers – mint £7
- (SARTON) May Sarton (ed. Susan Sherman) Selected Letters, 1916-1954 Women’s Press 1997  Paper covers – fine £3
- (SEEBOHM) Victoria Glendinning A Suppressed Cry: life and death of a Quaker daughter Routledge 1969  The short, sad life of Winnie Seebohm, smothered by her loving family. She enjoyed a month at Newnham in 1885, before returning home and dying. Good in d/w – though ex-library £4
- SICHERMAN, Barbara et al (eds) Notable American Women: The Modern Period Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 1980  Soft covers – 773pp – heavy – very good £12
- (SIMPSON) Morrice McCrae Simpson: the turbulent life of a medical pioneer Birlinn 2011  The discoverer of ‘the blessed chloroform’ and, as such, an important figure in ‘woman’s sphere’. Soft covers – mint £5
- (SLATE/SLAWSON) Tieri Thompson (ed) Dear Girl: the diaries and letters of two working women 1897-1917 The Women’s Press 1987  Letters and diaries of two women whose friendship was played out against the background of the suffrage movement. Paper covers – very good
- (SMITH) David Thomson With Moyra McGusty (eds) The Irish Journals of Elizabeth Smith 1840-1850 Clarendon Press 1980  A selection from the journals of Elizabeth Smith of Baltiboys, C. Wicklow, giving a graphic account of the Irish famine of the 1840s. Fine in d/w £10
- SMITH, Glora Jarvis A Jarvis Tapestry Part II privately published 2003  ‘The story of an Edwardian family of Aylesbury at home and beyond, through the twenties and thirties to modern times’. Laminated covers – mint £5
- (SOYER) Ruth Cowen Relish: the extraordinary life of Alexis Soyer, Victorian celebrity chef Weidenfeld 2006  Chef and kitchen designer to the Reform Club and reformer of army catering. Mint in d/w £8
- (ST TERESA OF AVILA) St Teresa of Avila by Herself Penguin Classics 1957 (r/p)  Soft covers – fine £6
- STARK, Freya The Coast of Incense: autobiography 1933-1939 John Murray 1953  Covers her travels in Egypt, the Middle East and South Arabia. Good in chipped d/w £6
- (STARKE) Gerlof Janzen (ed) Buy A Copy: recently discovered letters of the 19th-century travel guide writer Mariana Starke Robert Schreuder Grand Tour Publishers 2014  Beautifully illustrated edition of 17 recently-discovered letters written by my heroine Mariana Starke to a friend, Edgell Wyatt Edgell. While living in Rome Mariana was arranging to purchase copies of old master for this gentleman, suitably tailored to fit into his Surrey house. Packed with details about the Roman art world and English taste, amplified by the editor’s knowledgeable commentary. A good read. Soft covers – mint £35
- (STEAD) Chris Williams Christina Stead: a life of letters Virago 1989  Soft covers – fine £8
- (STOREY) Joyce Storey Our Joyce Broadsides 1987  Life in pre-Second World War Bristol. Soft covers – very good £4
- (STOREY) STOREY, Joyce Joyce’s War 1939-1945 Virago 1992 (r/p)  Soft covers -very good £4
- (STOWE) Joan Hedrick Harriet Beecher Stowe OUP 1994  Soft covers – fine £9
- (STUART) Hon. James A. Home (ed) Letters of Lady Louisa Stuart to Miss Louisa Clinton David Douglas (Edinburgh) 1901 & 1903  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
- (SWAN) Mildred Robertson Nicoll The Letters of Annie S. Swan Hodder & Stoughton 1946 (r/p)  Good reading copy. £10
- (TENNYSON) James O. Hoge Lady Tennyson’s Journal University Press of Virginia 1981  Fine in d/w £18
- (TREFUSIS) Philippe Jullian and John Phillips Violet Trefusis: life and letters Hamish Hamilton 1976  Fine in fine d/w £8
- (TREFUSIS) Philippe Jullian And PHILLIPS, John Violet Trefusis: a biography including correspondence with Vita Sackville-West Methuen 1986  Soft covers – good £7
- (TROUBRIDGE) Jaqueline Hope-Nicholson (ed) Life Amongst the Troubridges: journals of a young Victorian 1873-1884 by Laura Troubridge John Murray 1966  Very good in rubbed d/w £10
- (TUCKER) Agnes Giberne A Lady of England: the life and letters of Charlotte Maria Tucker Hodder & Stoughton 1895  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
- (TWINING) Louisa Twining Recollections of My Life and Work Edward Arnold 1893  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
- (VICTORIA) Agatha Ramm (ed) Beloved and Darling Child: last letters between Queen Victoria and her eldest daughter 1886-1901 Alan Sutton 1990  Mint in d/w £10
- (VICTORIA) Dorothy Marshall The Life and Times of Victoria Weidenfeld & Nicolson 1992 (r/p)  Lavishly illustrated. Mint in d/w £10
- WALKER, Alice The Same River: honoring the difficult Women’s Press 1996  ‘A meditation on life, spirit, art, and the making of the film\ ‘The Color Purple ‘ ten years later. Fine in d/w £6
- (WARD) John Sutherland Mrs Humphry Ward: eminent Victorian, pre-eminent Edwardian OUP 1990  Fine in very good d/w £8
- (WARWICK) Charlotte Fell-Smith Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick (1625-1678), her family and friends Longmans, Green 1901  Very good £45
- (WEAVER) Jane Lidderdale And Mary Nicholson Dear Miss Weaver: Harriet Shaw Weaver 1876-1961 Faber 1970  The woman behind The Egoist and patron of James Joyce. Very good in d/w £20
- (WEETON) Edward Hall (ed) Miss Weeton journal of a governess OUP, 1936 and 1939  In two volumes – covering the years 1807-11 and 1811-25 – shows what life was like for an unprotected female (albeit one of great strength of character) in the North of England (Huddersfield, Wigan, Liverpool), Wales and London. Very good £60
- (WHARTON) R.W.B. Lewis And Nancy Lewis The Letters of Edith Wharton Simon & Schuster 1988  Fine in fine d/w – 654pp £12
- (WILBERFORCE) Pat Jalland (ed) Octavia Wilberforce: the autobiography of a pioneer woman doctor Cassell 1989  Companion to Elizabeth Robins and doctor to Virginia Woolf. Fine in d/w £12
- (WOLLSTONECRAFT) JOHNSON, Claudia (ed) The Cambridge Companion to Mary Wollstonecraft CUP 2002  Soft covers – mint £10
- (WOOLF) Joanne Trautmann Banks (ed) Virginia Woolf: Congenial Spirits: selected letters Pimlico 2003  Soft covers – mint £12
- (WOOLF) Mitchell Leaska Granite and Rainbow; the hidden life of Virginia Woolf Picador 2000  Soft covers – fine £6
- (WOOLF) Virginia Woolf A Writer’s Diary Hogarth Press, 6th imp 1972  Fine in d/w (previous owner’s name neatly written on free front endpaper) £12
- WORTHEN, John The Gang: Coleridge, the Hutchinsons and the Wordsworths in 1802 Yale University Press 2001  Draws on letters and diaries to illuminate the dynamics of the group at a time of intense creativity. Fine in fine d/w £8
- VICTORIA LEAGUE – BATH BRANCH – AWARD OF MERIT  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
- ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES Education Policy; with special reference to Secondary Education no date (early 20th c)  4-pp leaflet – good – ex-Board of Education library £5
- ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES Education Policy (with special reference to Secondary Education) AAM no date (1920s?)  4-pp leaflet. Good – ex-Board of Education library £2
- ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS The Teaching of English 1907  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
- ASSOCIATION OF HEAD MISTRESSES Memorandum Forwarded to the President of the Board of Education, 5 Jan 1907  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
- (AUSTEN) Frederick Bussby Jane Austen in Winchester Friends of Winchester Cathedral  Essay delineating Jane Austen’s links to Winchester. Soft covers – pamphlet – fine £8
- AUTOGRAPHS – THE GUILDHOUSE  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
- BINFIELD, Clyde Belmont’s Portias: Victorian nonconformists and middle-class education for girls Dr Williams’ Trust 1981  The 35th Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Lecture. Paper covers – 35pp – good – scarce £18
- BOARD OF EDUCATION List of Elementary Schools and Training Colleges under the Administration of the Board 1902-1903 HMSO 1903  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
- BUTLER, Josephine (ed) The Storm Bell Ladies’ National Association for the Abolition of State Regulation of Vice Feb 1899  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
- CAMPBELL, Dame Janet Infant Mortality Ministry of Health 1929  International Inquiry of the Health Organisation of the League of Nations, English Section. Paper covers – 118pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £8 SOLD
- CHARITY ORGANISATION REVIEW Vol X (New Series) July To Dec 1901 Longmans, Green 1902  half-yearly bound volume of the COS’s own magazine. Very good £28
- CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY D.R. Sharpe Centralised Registration of Assistance COS 1911  Paper read on 31 May 1911 at the Annual National Conference of Charity Organisation Societies. Paper covers – 14pp pamphlet – good – unusual £18
- CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY H. Holman A Restatement of the First Principles of Charity Organisation Work COS 1912  Paper read on 21 May 1912 at the 21st Annual National Conference of Charity Organisation Societies, Manchester. Paper covers – 24pp – good – unusual £25
- CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY J.W. Pennyman The Cost of Good Work COS 1895  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
- CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY Miss Pike Friendly Visiting and Personal Service COS 1911  Paper read on 1 June 1911 at the Annual National Conference of Charity Organisation Societies. Paper covers – 11pp – good – a little foxing – unusual £20
- CLERKS WANTED  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 SOLD
- COLLECTION OF LEAFLETS CONCERNING THE 1929 GENERAL ELECTION  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
- CONSERVATIVE AND UNIONIST WOMEN’S FRANCHISE ASSOCIATION Why Conservative and Unionist Women Want the Vote: points for speakers CUWFA, no date (c 1912?)  4pp- leaflet – very good £35
- CORNHILL MAGAZINE, May 1912 Smith, Elder 1912  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
- COUNCIL OF WOMEN CIVIL SERVANTS Higher Appointments Open to Women in the Civil Service P.S. King 1928  ‘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 SOLD
- DINNER AND PRESENTATION TO MISS ALISON NEILANS  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
- ELIZA COOK’S JOURNAL VOLS 1-3  Runs from issue 1, 5 May 1849 to issue 156, 24 April 1852. Very good condition – half leather and marbled boards. Each vol £38
- FABIAN WOMEN’S GROUP Summary of Eight Papers and Discussions upon the Disabilities of Mothers as Workers Fabian Women’s Group (Private Circulation) 1910  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 SOLD
- FEDERATION OF SOCIETIES OF TEACHERS IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION  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
- GIRLS’ OWN ANNUAL, Oct 1891- Sept 1892  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
- GIRLS OWN ANNUAL, Oct 1895- Sept 1896  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
- GIRLS’ OWN ANNUAL, Oct 1896-Sept 1897  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
- GRUBBE, JULIA HARRIET  A collection of photograph and over 20 letters relating to Julia Harriet Grubbe (1845-1907), the daughter of John Eustace Grubbe, magistrate, parliamentary agent and sometime mayor of Southwold. A very large page carries 11 photographs of Julia, covering the whole of her life. In the 1880s/90s, from which period most of the letters (all written to her) date, she lived with her parents and four unmarried siblings in Park Lane, Southwold. A study of the letters gives an insight into the concerns of a woman of her class and time. In very good condition £45
- HARRIS, E.M. Married Women in Industry Institute of Personnel Management 1954  Paper covers – 30pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £3
- HENRY, S.A, Health of the Factory Worker in Wartime  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
- 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  Paper covers – very good – 33pp £18
- HMSO Third Report from the Select Committee on National Expenditure: Health and Welfare of Women in War Factories HMSO 1942  24-pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. £8
- HOMERTON COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE  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 SOLD
- HUTCHINS, B.L. Women’s Industrial Career Sheratt & Hughes Oct 1909  Reprinted from The Sociological Review. Paper covers – good £9
- 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)  Soft covers – 22pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £4 SOLD
- [JEX-BLAKE] Margaret Todd Sophia Jex-Blake  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 SOLD
- LEWISHAM WOMEN’S INSTITUTE  Programme of classes for 1957-58 – 12pp £4
- MANNING, E. A. Moral Teaching in Schools: a paper read at the Social Science Congress, Brighton Edward Stanford Oct 1875  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 SOLD
- MARTINDALE, Hilda Autograph letter  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 SOLD
- MATHIEU, Nicole-Claude Ignored by Some, Denied by Others: the social sex category in sociology Women’s Research and Resources Centre Publications 1977  Paper covers – very good £4
- MINISTRY OF HOUSING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT Moving from the Slums HMSO 1956  Seventh Report of the Housing Management Sub-committee of the Central Housing Advisory Committee. Paper covers – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. £4
- MISSION HOME FOR ENGLISH WOMEN IN PARIS  A printed report, issued in 1880, into the running of the Ada Leigh Home in Paris. There had been corscurating complaints about its management and the report is the result of an investigation by ‘Ed. Hutchinson of Sumner Place, South Kensington’. He exonerated Miss Leigh from any impropriety and in the course of his report gives an interesting survey of the work of the Home, which provided shelter in Paris for women and children with links to Britain. Has been folded, previously bound in volume, spine loose, small tear top page. 6 foolscap pages – 12 sides £45
- NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN’S TEACHERS How Equal Pay would Help Industry and Decrease Unemployment 1930s?  Single page leaflet – fine £8
- NORWEGIAN JOINT COMMITTEE ON INTERNATIONAL SOCIAL POLICY The Status of Women in Norway Today 1953  Paper covers -67 pp – with photographs – with drawn from the Women’s Library £3
- PALLISTER, Minnie Socialism for Women ILP no date   ‘Not only the “Intelligent” Women but for all Women’ – with a nod to G.B. Shaw. Paper covers -18-pp pamphlet – good £18
- 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  6 foolscap pages. Very good – disbound £20
- REFORMATORIES AND INDUSTRIAL SCHOOLS (COMMITTALS) Returns showing the comparative number of committals of boys and girls to reformatories and industrial schools April 1872  ‘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
- REPORT OF A DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON THE PREVALENCE OF VENEREAL DISEASE AMONG THE BRITISH TROOPS IN INDIA HMSO 1897  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
- REPORT OF THE MABYS ASSOCIATION FOR THE CARE OF YOUNG GIRLS, 1922 1923  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
- REPORT OF THE STREET OFFENCES COMMITTEE HMSO 1928  The Committee included Margery Fry. Good – 50pp – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £5
- REVIEW OF REVIEWS  edited by W.T. Stead. the first volume, January-June 1890. As Stead spotted, here was a gap in the market, enabling the interested observer to keep a finger on the pulse of the world. With v useful indexes to articles in current periodicals. Very good £25
- RYLE, Effie Women’s Life in the Nineteenth Century as seen in English fiction National Adult School Union, no date [c. 1930?]  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
- SENIOR, Mrs Nassau Pauper Schools HMSO 1875  ‘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
- SIR HENRY JONES  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 SOLD
- SMALL COLLECTION DOCUMENTING THE ACADEMIC PROGRESS OF MURIEL LONG AT THE COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS, WEST KIRBY 1920-1926  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
- SWANWICK, H.M. Women and War Union of Democratic Control [no date -1915]  She was one of the founding members of the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom in 1915 and resigned from the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies after it refused to send delegates to the International Women’s Congress at The Hague. Paper covers – good internally – front cover present but detached. £48
- TEACHERS’ GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND Collection of Annual Reports  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
- TEACHERS’ GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND List of Members Alphabetically Arranged 1913  Names and addresses – very useful. Women teachers appear to be in the majority. Soft covers – good – ex-Board of Education Library £15
- THE ASSOCIATION FOR MORAL AND SOCIAL HYGIENE The Alison Neilans Memorial Lectures AMSH  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
- THE ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT HEADMISTRESSES IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS Memorandum and Articles of Association Busk, Mellor & Norris 1897  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 SOLD
- THE ASSOCIATION OF HEAD MISTRESSES List of Public Secondary Schools for Girls 1905 1905  Card covers – good – ex-Board of Education library £10 SOLD
- THE GREAT PARTNERSHIP Women’s Liberal Federation 1949  ‘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
- THE LAUNDRY INDUSTRY EDUCATION BOARD Education, Training and Scholarships in the Laundry Industry Laundry Industry Education Board 1953 (revised)  A vanished world of work. Paper covers – 16pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library £8
- THE SHIELD  ‘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
- THE SPECTATOR AUGUST 6 1836  Includes a report of a wife offered for sale at ‘the new Islington cattle market’. She fetched 26s. £20
- THE VIGILANCE RECORD  ‘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
- TOULMIN, Camilla A Story of the Factories (c 1842)  ‘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
- WARWICK, The Countess Of Unemployment: its causes and consequences Twentieth Century Press, no date (c 1906)  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
- WHITE, Florence The Spinsters Manifesto!!: a detailed statement of the case for contributory (non-retiring) pensions at 55 National Spinsters Pensions Association 1945  ‘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
- WIGHTMAN, Clare Women At Work and In Society Modern Records Centre, Warwick University, 2nd ed 1991  Gives sources for the subject in the Warwick Modern Records Centre. Paper covers – fine £4
- WILKINS, Mrs Roland The Training and Employment of Education Women in Horticulture and Agriculture Women’s Farm and Garden Association 1927  Soft covers – 52pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library £20
- WILSON, Dr Helen Prostitution and the Law: is prostitution a trade? Association for Moral and Social Hygiene   reprinted from ‘The Shield’, March 1926. 8-pp pamphlet. Very good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £10
- WOMAN AT HOME (Annie S. Swan’s Magazine) Hodder & Stoughton 1894  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
- WOMAN’S WEEKLY  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
- WOMAN’S WORK IN PROMOTING THE CAUSE OF HYGIENE  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
- WOMEN & LITERATURE, VOL 3, NO 2 Fall 1975  This issue contains the 1974 Bibliography of Women in British and American Literature, 1660-1900. Soft covers – very good £6
- WOMEN’S INDUSTRIAL COUNCIL Nineteenth Annual Report 1912-13  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
- WOMEN’S INTERNATIONAL LEAGUE (OF PEACE AND FREEDOM) Sixteenth Yearly Report International House 1932  Covers the period March 1931-February 1932). Paper covers – 30pp – very good £30
- BEDFORD COLLEGE The Common Room  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
- CLARK’S COLLEGE, CIVIL SERVICE Preparing for the Lady Clerk’s G.P.O. Exam  Photographic postcard of the young women preparing for this exam which, if they passed, offered a chance of bettering themselves. Very good – unposted £12
- GEORGE LANSBURY, MP, LCC  real photographic postcard published by the Church Socialist League, London branch, pre – First World War. Fine – unposted £5
- MERCHANT TAYLORS’ SCHOOL FOR GIRLS  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
- THE CITY WOMAN’S CLUB: 8 Wine Office Court, Fleet Street, London EC4  postcard – linedrawing – depicting an exterior view of this club and two of its elegant young members. The club was opened c 1920 – this card probably dates from c 1930. Unposted -the card is a little creased at the top right – an unusual item £15
- 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  A handsome set – newly rebound in cloth £60
- BEHN, Aphra Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the second part of The Confession of the New Married Couple printed for the Navarre Society 1950  With an introduction by John Harvey. Good – corners a little bumped £10
- HALL, Marguerite Radclyffe- The Forgotten Island Chapman & Hall 1915  Poems. Very good – scarce £50
- HASTINGS, Lady Flora Poems William Blackwood 1841  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
- MATHESON, Annie Selected Poems Old and New Henry Frowde 1899  Very good £10
- PROCTER, Adelaide Anne Legends and Lyrics Bell & Daldy, 14th ed 1872  Poems by a leading member of the Langham-Place group. very good – leather, with gilt decorations and all edges gilt £15
- SCOTT, Sarah Millenium Hall Virago 1986  First published in 1762. Paper covers – very good £8
- SEWELL, Mrs Poems and Ballads Jarrold no date (1880s?)  With a memoir of the author by Miss E.B. Bayly. Good internally – covers marked – in 2 vols £8
- SHERWOOD, Mrs The Happy Family Houlston & Sons, new edition no date  A little tract – paper covers. Fine £5
- TAYLOR, Mary Miss Miles OUP 1990  Mary Taylor was the life-long friend of Charlotte Bronte. This edition with an introduction by Janet Horowitz Murray. Soft covers – very good £6
- TRAVERS, Graham [pseud of Margaret Todd] Mona MacLean: medical student William Blackwood, 14th ed 1899  Novel written by Sophia Jex-Blake’s friend and biographer. Cover marked – scarce £38
Women and the First World War
- HMSO Ministry of Health, Survey of Relief to Widows and Children (1919) 1920  Missing its outer wrappers otherwise very good – 186pp £12
- CROFTON, Eileen The Women of Royaumont: a Scottish women’s hospital on the Western Front Tuckwell Press 1997  Excellent study. Soft covers – very good £12
- DOUGLAS-PENNANT, Violet Under the Search-Light: the record of a great scandal Allen & Unwin 1922  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
- [HALL] Edith Hall Canary Girls & Stockpots WEA Luton Branch 1977  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
- MCLAREN, Eva Shaw (ed) A History of the Scottish Women’s Hospitals Hodder & Stoughton 1919  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
- (SANDES) Flora Sandes An English Woman Sergeant in the Serbian Army Hodder & Stoughton 1916  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
- (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  Very good – very scarce £65
- BIBESCO, Princesse La Revue de Paris extrait du numero du 15 mai 1934: Lettres de Combattants Anglais Paris 1934  A lengthy review of ‘War Letters of Fallen Englishmen (Lettres de guerre d’hommes anglais qui sont tombes) compiled by Laurence Housman. She reviews it at length (24pp), quoting from letters of both the well known (Julian Grenfell, Edward Tennant) and the unknown. Very good – paper covers – offprint of the journal £4
- HMSO Munitions of War HMSO 1916  Order, dated June 26, 1916, of the Minister of Munitions. 4-pp leaflet – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. £3
- HOBHOUSE, Mrs Henry ‘I Appeal Unto Caesar’: the case of the concientious objector Allen & Unwin, 2nd ed 1917  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
- MEDICAL RESEARCH COMMITTEE AND DEPARTMENT OF SCIENTIFIC AND INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH Reports of the Industrial Fatigue Research Board HMSO 1919  No 2 – The Output of Women Workers in Relation to Hours of Work in Shell-Making. 24-pp – good in original paper covers – withdrawn from the Women’s Library £15 SOLD
- ‘ON WAR SERVICE’ BADGE  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 SOLD
- SCOTTISH WOMEN’S FIRST AID CORPS  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
- THE LANDSWOMAN 1919  ‘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
- THE WOMEN’S IMPERIAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION Sixth Annual Report 1915  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 SOLD
- MACAULAY, Rose Three Days Constable & Co 1919  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
Published by ITV Ventures as a tie-in with the series: ‘The Great War: The People’s Story’ this e-book tells Kate’s life story from her Victorian childhood to her brave engagement with the Elizabethan New Age. For details see here (and many more posts on my website).
Available to download from iTunes or Amazon
Campaigning for the Vote: The Suffrage Diary of Kate Parry Frye
Edited by Elizabeth Crawford
‘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.
Published by Francis Boutle Publishers – for details see here.
Wrap-around paper covers, 226 pp, over 70 illustrations, all drawn from Kate Frye’s personal archive. £14.99
ISBN 978 1903427 75 0
The Women’s Suffrage Movement 1866-1928: A reference guide
‘It is no exaggeration to describe Elizabeth Crawford’s Guide as a landmark in the history of the women’s movement…’ History Today
Routledge, 2000 785pp paperback £74.99 – Ebook £70
The Women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain and Ireland: a regional survey
‘Crawford provides meticulous accounts of the activists, petitions, organisations, and major events pertaining to each county.’ Victorian Studies
Routledge, 2008 320pp paperback £30
Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle
‘Crawford’s scholarship is admirable and Enterprising Women offers increasingly compelling reading’ Journal of William Morris Studies
For further details see here
Francis Boutle, 2002 338pp 75 illus paperback £25
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Suffrage Stories: Woman’s Hour Discussion: Who Won The Vote For Women – Suffragists or Suffragettes?
Posted in Suffrage Stories on June 10, 2016
In the week that marked the 150th anniversary of the presentation of the first women’s suffrage petition, Woman’s Hour invited June Purvis and me to ‘debate’ the issue of whether the vote was won by the constitutional Suffragist campaign or by that of the millitant Suffragettes.
I spoke for the Suffragists.
You can listen to the conversation here (at c 28 min).
Posted in Suffrage Stories on May 26, 2016
While undertaking some research for a talk I gave a couple of weeks ago at the Royal College of Nursing I encountered an intriguing mystery. What happened to Nurse Pine’s ‘suffragette medal’.
Nurse Catherine Pine (1864-1941) was the Pankhurst family’s special nursing attendant – she had cared for Mrs Pankhurst’s son, Harry, who died in her nursing home in 1910. She ran the nursing home at 9 Pembridge Gardens, Notting Hill, and it was here that many suffragettes were taken after release from prison after hunger striking.
Mrs Pankhurst was among the many who recovered from imprisonment in the care of Nurse Pine. Although the authorities never dared force feed Mrs Pankhurst, she was desperately weakened by successive hunger strikes. See here for a photograph of Nurse Pine tending Mrs Pankhurst.
In her will Nurse Pine left what she described as her ‘suffragette medal’ to ‘the History Section of the British College of Nursing.’. Now the term ‘suffragette medal’ is usually used to describe a medal given by the WSPU to those who went on hunger strike – and I knew that there was no evidence that Nurse Pine was ever imprisoned – so began to wonder ‘what did she mean by her “suffragette medal”?’
Delving a little further I came across a note in a March 1942 issue of the British Journal of Nursing that tells us that ‘A few months ago we announced that the late Sister Catherine Pine had bequeathed to the British College of Nurses the priceless historic Medal and Bars bestowed upon her by the late Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst, for her devoted services to her when released from durance vile. As time goes on this gift we may hope will be valued at its true worth by women all over the world.’
Could this have been a medal specially struck for Nurse Pine? Perhaps it was. If so, I wonder what the ‘Bars’ represented? Did they commemorate the number of times she admitted to Mrs Pankhurst to her nursing home? That really does seem very fanciful.
In terms of the suffragette campaign, the description ‘Medal and bars’ usually refers to a ‘hunger strike medal’, with bars added for each subsequent hunger strike.
The only explanation I could think of was that it was Mrs Pankhurst’s own medal – given to Nurse Pine in thanks. Noting that the British College of Nurses (an organisation that was not the Royal College of Nursing) closed in 1956, I wondered what had happened to Nurse Pine’s bequest.
Now, in the same 1942 issue, the British Journal of Nursing recorded that:
Miss Mary Hilliard, a gentle, very valiant suffragette, has bestowed as a gift to the College the fine linen handkerchief, signed by and embroidered by all the gallant women who suffered imprisonment for conscience sake, in support of the enfranchisement of women in Holloway prison in March 1912. It displays 67 signatures embroidered in various colours, and all that remains is to offer a warm vote of thanks to Miss Mary Hilliard, R.B.N.A., and to await the time when this historic gift can he suitably framed and placed in the History Section of the British College of Nurses, where its unique value will be appreciated.’
In fact I know that that embroidered handkerchief is now housed in Priest House, the museum of the Sussex Archaeological Society in West Hoathly, Sussex, and so I emailed the Custodian to enquire how it had arrived with them. He was able to tell me that it had surfaced at a West Hoathly jumble sale around 1970 where, in fact, nobody had bought it and it was rescued off a bonfire at the last minute. I must say I can’t see such an artefact being a jumble sale wallflower nowadays. However, nobody knows by what means the handkerchief ended up in West Hoathly after the closure of the British College of Nurses.
The archive of the British College of Nurses is held by King’s College University of London and their archivist has kindly checked for me and nothing resembling Nurse Pine’s’ suffragette medal’ is held by them.
So were the contents of its ‘History Section’ scattered when the British College of Nurses closed? What happened to Nurse Pine’s medal? Is it, in fact, one of the two medals presented to Mrs Pankhurst that are now held in public collections – one in the Houses of Parliament and one in the Museum of London?
This also doesn’t seem to be the answer. Neither of the medals has added ‘bars’. The one held by the Museum of London was given to Mrs Pankhurst in recognition of her hunger strike in Holloway beginning on 1 March 1912 and Beverley Cook, the Museum’s curator, tells me that, although the provenance is a little unclear, it is likely to have arrived at the Museum in 1950 along with the rest of the Suffragette Fellowship archive.
The other medal awarded to Mrs Pankhurst is not a ‘hunger strike’ medal – it predates the employment of the hunger strike – but commemorates her imprisonment in Holloway in October 1908 after being convicted for inciting crowds to ‘Rush the House of Commons’. It is now held by the Parliamentary Art Collection in the House of Commons – see here.
Could there have been a third medal awarded by the WSPU to Mrs Pankhurst? She certainly went on more than one hunger strike and would have merited ‘bars’, which the Museum of London medal doesn’t have. Could she then have ‘bestowed’ this on Nurse Pine? Or did she, indeed, have a medal made specially for Nurse Pine? As I said, it’s all a bit of a mystery. If anyone knows the answer I shall be delighted to hear from them.
Whatever the truth, it is rather sad that the British College of Nurses does not seem, in the event, to have taken care of the gift that they hoped ‘will be valued at its true worth by women all over the world.’ However, Nurse Pine’s collection of photographs, now held in the Museum of London, most definitely is treasured.
You can read more about Nurse Pine in her entry in my The Women’s Suffrage Movement: a reference guide, Routledge.