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Books And Ephemera For Sale: Catalogue 200 – A Suffrage Special

Woman and her Sphere

Catalogue 200

 

A CELBRATORY BUMPER CATALOGUE CONTAINING A ‘SUFFRAGE SPECIAL’

 

 

Item # 58

 

Elizabeth Crawford

5 Owen’s Row

London EC1V 4NP

elizabeth.crawford2017@outlook.com

 

Having begun selling books/ephemera in the spring of 1984 I am now well into my 35th year in the trade. Bookselling led to research on the suffrage movement and the publication of 6 books – as well as the unexpected bonus of an OBE last autumn for ‘services to education, with particular reference to the suffrage movement’. I hope the mass of suffrage material in this catalogue, along with the wide range of other books/ephemera related to women, will fuel further research as well as giving pleasure.

 

Index to Catalogue

Suffrage Non-fiction: Items 1-8

Suffrage Biography: Items 9-15

Suffrage Ephemera: Items 16-67

Suffrage Ephemera from the Isabel Seymour Collection 68-113

Suffrage Postcards: Real Photographic: Items 114-171

Suffrage Postcards: Suffrage Artist: Items 172-174

Suffrage Postcards: Commercial Comic: Items 175-195

General Non-fiction: Items 196-379

General Biography: Items 380-450

General Ephemera: Items 451-515

General Postcards: Items 516-525

Sheet Music: Items 526-539

General Fiction: Items 540-640

Women and the First World War: Items 641-651

 

 

Suffrage Non-fiction

 

  1. CRAWFORD, Elizabeth Art and Suffrage:a biographical dictionary of suffrage artistsFrancis Boutle2018

Discusses the lives and work of over 100 artists, each of whom made a positive contribution to the women’s suffrage campaign. Most, but not all, the artists were women, many belonging to the two suffrage artists’ societies – the Artists’ Suffrage League and the Suffrage Atelier. Working in a variety of media – producing cartoons, posters, banners, postcards, china, and jewellery – the artists promoted the suffrage message in such a way as to make the campaign the most visual of all those conducted by contemporary pressure groups. Mint – NEW

[14931]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. CRAWFORD, Elizabeth (ed) Campaigning for the Vote:Kate Parry Frye’s Suffrage Diary Francis Boutle2013

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

[14748]                                                                                                                      £15.00

  1. DOBBIE, B.M. Willmott Dobbie A Nest of Suffragettes in Somerset:Eagle House, BatheastonBatheaston Society1979

The story of the Blathwayt family and their involvement in thefine c women’s suffrage movement – copiously illustrated by the photographs taken by Col Blathwayt. Soft covers – fine condition – quite scarce

[14905]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. METCALFE, A.E. Woman’s Effort:a chronicle of British women’s fifty years’ struggle for citizenship (1865-1914)B.H. Blackwell1917

Essential for suffrage studies – the nearest thing there is to a contemporary study of the WSPU.  In very good condition – and very scarce. In very good condition – with the remains of the dustwrapper present…though in pieces. On the free front endpaper a previous owner has noted ‘St Cath burninng p 288’ – referring to the arson attack on St Catheriine’s Churcch, Hatcham

[14896]                                                                                                                                                            £95.00

  1. MORGAN, David Suffragists and Liberals:the politics of woman suffrage in BritainBasil Blackwell1975

Fine in d/w

[12133]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. PAXTON, Naomi Stage Rights!:the Actresses’ Franchise League, Activism and Politics 1908-58Manchester University Press2018

Naomi Paxton has mined a wide range of sources to demonstrate the society’s many facets over its long life. Paxton analyses the networks that contributed to the cohesiveness of the AFL, noting that, with members of leading theatrical families, such as the Moores and the Forbes-Robertsons, prepared to take the lead, less well-established AFL members had the assurance of influential allies. An excellent contribution to ‘suffrage studies’. Mint

[14902]                                                                                                                                                            £30.00

  1. STRACHEY, Ray The Cause:a short history of the women’s movement in Great BritainG. Bell1928

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.

[12059]                                                                                                                                                            £55.00

  1. HOLDSWORTH, W..A. The Married Women’s Property Act 1882George Routledge1882

A study of the 1882 Married Women’s Property Act, by a Gray’s Inn lawyer. In his introduction he hails it as ‘undoubtedly one of the most important measures of social legislation to which Parliament has of recent years given iits assent. Laid in is a copy of the 1882 Act itself, together with an 1893 Act to Amend the Married Women’s Property Act, 1882. In good condition

[14900]                                                                                                                                                            £55.00

 

Suffrage Biography

 

  1. (ARNCLIFFE SENNETT) Maud Arncliffe Sennett The ChildC.W. Daniiel Co Ltdno date [1938]

Her – most interesting – autobiography. Having been an actress, from 1906 Maud Arncliffe Sennett belonged at one time or another to most of the suffrage societies but is, however, most closely associated with the Northern Men’s Federation for Women’s Suffrage, whose policy she appears to have controlled. She liked to be in charge. The autobiography fails to conceal the slights and wounds she felt she sustained during the suffrage campaigns, writing, ‘No one but those in the reform movement can realize the sort of wound one can get from one’s ‘helpers’, who are, maybe either jealous or amibitiously disloyal’. Her scrapbooks are held in the British Library.Maud Arncliffe Sennett is ripe for further research. In fine condition – a most amazingly scarce book – this is the first I have had for sale in 35 years

[14915]                                                                                                                                             £450.00 SOLD

  1. (DUNIWAY) Ruth Barnes Moynihan Rebel for Rights:Abigail Scott DuniwayYale University Press1983

Abigal Scott Duniway (1834-1915), American suffragist, journalist, and national leader.  Fine in d/w

[1205]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. (HAMILTON) Cicely Hamilton Life Errant

Her autobiography. In fine condition – with ink ownership inscription ‘W. Summerfield’. Extremely – and surprisingly – scarce

[14911]                                                                                                                                               £70.00 SOLD

  1. (KENNEY) Annie Kenney Memories of a MilitantEdward Arnold1924

Annie Kenney’s autobiography. Published in the WSPU colours – purple cloth, with white and green stripes. – the cloth covers have suffered from damp – but internally the book is in very good, clean, tight condition. A very scarce book

[14907]                                                                                                                                                         £300.00

  1. (LYTTON) Lady Betty Balfour (ed) Letters of Constance LyttonWilliam Heinemann1925

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

[14085]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

13A (LYTTON) Lady Constance Lytton, Prisons and Prisoners, William Heinemann, 1914 (2nd Imp). Her suffragette prison experiences, both as her aristocratic  self, and, more horribly, in disguise as the unknown Jane Warton.

[14114]                                                                                                                                            £40

 

  1. (MONTEFIORE) Dora Montefiore From a Victorian to a ModernE. Archer1927

Autobiography of a life-long member of the awkward squad – suffragist and socialist.  Very good – scarce

[14914]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. (SHARP) EVELYN SHARP Unfinished Adventure:selected reminiscences from an Englishwoman’s life John Lane1933

Evelyn Sharp was a ‘New Woman’ – novelist, journalist and active suffragette. This is her autobiography. Very good -blue cloth covers slightly faced and small nick at top of spine –  scarce

[14912]                                                                                                                                                            £70.00

 

Suffrage Ephemera

 

  1. AINSLIE, Kathleen Votes for Catharine Susan and Me. Castell Bros, no date(c 1910)

Most delightful children’s picture book – containing all the stereotypes of the militant suffrage campaign depicted in the most droll, disarming and attractive fashion. As far as I know it is the only children’s book centred on the suffrage campaign – and I love it..I have done some research on the author/artist – about whom nothing seems to be known – and discover that she was born in 1858, one of the several children of the vicar of Langport, Somerset. It would seem that it was only after his death in 1903, after which she lived with her mother, whose name, interestingly, was Catharine Susan, that Kathleen produced about a dozen children’s books. In 1911, around the time ‘Votes for Catharine Susan and Me’ was published, mother and daughter were living at Broadstone in Dorset. She apparently published nothing more and died in 1936.

The illustrations in this copy are beautifully crisp – wonderful colour (it was printed in Bavaria) – and the book, in pictorial wrap-around cover, is in goodish condition although the pages have been strengthened some time in the past wiith discreet taping to strenthen the slim spine.. An ink inscription on the title page reads ‘K.P.’ from ‘J.M.A.’

[14906]                                                                                                                                                         £400.00

  1. 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.

[13698]                                                                                                                                                      £3,300.00

  1. CAZALET, Thelma Mrs Pankhurst

An article about Mrs Pankhurst by Thelma Cazalet (MP for Islington East) in ‘The Listener’ (6 Nov 1935) in a series ironically titled ‘I Knew A Man’. See also item ??. A 4-pp article – including photographs. The late-lamented ‘The Listener’ was a substantial journal in those days – this issue is 55 pages – in goodish condition – the front page is present but detached.

[14454]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. CHURCH LEAGUE FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE Mission Week 1912CLWS1912

Single-sided leaflet (22cm high x 14cm wide) giving details of the main events of Mission Week. In good condition

[14541]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. 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.

[14167]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. DYSON, Will CartoonsThe Daily Herald1914

A Second Collection of cartoons drawn by the celebrated Australian cartoonist, Will Dyson (1880-1938), and published in ‘The Daily Herald’. Among the 40 are 6 directly related to the suffrage campaign. In fair condition  the middle 2pp have come loose from the staples and the edges are a little rubbed. Could be broken up and the prints framed individually. Large format – 36 x 26 cm – paper covers

[13801]                                                                                                                                                            £85.00

  1. [EMILY WILDING DAVISON] THE SUFFRAGETTE FRIDAY 13 JUNE 1913

‘Great Newspapers Reprinted’ facsimile, published c 1974 – the Emily Wilding Davison memorial issue. A nefarious dealer has attempted to remove the ‘British Museum Library’  stamp that indicates that this is reprinted from the original – but I can assure you that this is a facsmilie not the real thing! Fine

[14434]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

Item 23

  1. ‘HOLLOWAY PRISON’ BROOCH

designed by Sylvia Pankhurst and was awarded to members of the WSPU who had been imprisoned. It was first mentioned in the WSPU paper, ‘Votes for Women’, on 16 April 1909 and was described as ‘the Victoria Cross of the Union’. [It pre-dated the Hunger-Strike medal]. The design of the brooch is of the portcullis symbol of the House of Commons, the gate and hanging chains are in silver, and the superimposed broad arrow (the convict symbol) is in purple, white and green enamel. The piece is marked ‘silver’ and carries the maker’s name – Toye & Co, London, who were also responsible for the hunger strike medals. The brooch is in fine condition. A very scarce item

[14881]                                                                                                                                                      £5,000.00

  1. INTERNATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE CONGRESS

Budapest June 15-20 1913. This is a small advertising paper label/stamp (it has a sticky back) for the Congress – showing two graceful women stretching their arms, to hold hands across the globe. The type-face is very 1913. A pretty and interesting memento of the last pre-war international women’s gathering. Fine -amazingly ephemeral – and  unusual. With the background printed in gold

[14316]                                                                                                                                                            £85.00

  1. INTERNATIONAL WOMAN SUFFRAGE CONGRESS

Budapest June 15-20 1913. This is a small advertising paper label/stamp (it has a sticky back) for the Congress – showing two graceful women stretching their arms, to hold hands across the globe. The type-face is very 1913. A pretty and interesting memento of the last pre-war international women’s gathering. Fine -amazingly ephemeral – and  unusual. With the background printed in blue

[14505]                                                                                                                                                            £85.00

 

  1. MILLICENT GARRETT FAWCETT

studio photograph by W & D. Downey, no date (probably 1880s). Mounted – very good image – with narrow strip at left-hand edge of mount where it may have been fixed in an album

[14365]                                                                                                                                                            £40.00

  1. MISS EMILY FAITHFULL

studio photograph by W & D Downey, 57 & 61 Ebury Street, London, together with a printed brief biography.

[14029]                                                                                                                                                            £40.00

  1. MISS MORGAN, OF BRECON The Duties of CitizenshipWomen’s Local Government Societyc 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

[13833]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE

A small tin badge issued by the League- still bearing the label of its maker ‘The Merchant’s Portrait Co’ of Kentish Town, who were happy to take orders for badges from both sides of the suffrage movement.. The device of the NLOWS was a rose, thistle and shamrock which on this badge are rendered in white on a dark pink background. The lettering of the name of the League is  on a black background round the rim of the badge. In reasonable condition – surface a little worn – rusting to manufacturer’s label.

[14462]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. NATIONAL LEAGUE FOR OPPOSING WOMAN SUFFRAGE Mr J.R. Tolmie’s Reply to Mr L. Housman’s PamphletNLOWSno 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

[13145]                                                                                                                                                            £65.00

 

Item 31

  1. NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE SOCIETIES 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’. The maker’s name is W.O. Lewis of Howard St, Birmingham. In very good condition – ready to wear

[14879]                                                                                                                                                         £750.00

  1. NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE SOCIETIES BADGE

celluiloid and tin (?) circular badge in the NUWSS colours of red, white and green. ‘National Union of’ is written around the upper (red) arc with ‘Societies’ around the bottom (green) half – and ‘Women’s Suffrage’ cross central (white) band. Original paper label at back – ‘NUWSS Parliament Chambers 14 Gt Smith St Westminster’ – dates the badge to between 1911 and 1917. In fine

[14884]                                                                                                                                                         £500.00

Item 32A

 

32A  NATIONAL UNION OF WOMEN SUFFRAGE SOCIETIES WOODEN SHIELD Across the top      of the shield a painted banner, in red on white, reads ‘NUWSS North-Eastern’ with the number ’25’ encircled in green on the right-hand side. Underneath is painted the well-known NUWSS ‘tree’ showing the branches of the NUWSS federations, each with a number attached, these relating to the number of societies that comprised each federation. The ’25’ indicates that at this time the North-Eastern Federation was composed of 25 societies. Eighteen federations are shown, suggesting to me that the shield dates from c 1913. ‘Founded 1867’ is painted at the base of the ‘tree’. The shield is 53.5cm  (21″) at its widest and is 49cm (19.5″) high – a substantial object. I wonder if every federation had a similar shield? The NUWSS paper, ‘Common Cause’, 22 March 1918, reveals that when decorating the Queen’s Hall for the ‘Victory’ celebrations, there were 21 federation shields available, ‘with heraldic devices’ –so quite different from this one with the NUWSS ‘tree’ image. Whether in 1913 each federation had a shield such as this, this one is certainly unique to the North-Eastern Federation – in good condition. Heavy.

[14890]                                                                                                                                                  £4000

32B PANK-A-SQUITH   a board game, first advertised in ‘Votes for Women’ in the issue of 10 December 1909. ‘Not only is each picture in itself an interesting memento, but the game produces intense exccitement without th slightest taint of bitterness.’  It is played somewhat on the ‘Snakes and Ladders’ principle, the squares representing scenes and incidents from the suffrage movement. The playing board is in lovely condition – the colouring of all the pictures bright. The outside of the good, solid folding board  (so much more substantial than the recent reproduction) is rubbed and scuffed round the edges – as might be expected after 119 years. The board is sold, as is only too usual, without the playing figures. In good condition – rubbed, spine a little worn – colours of the game bright Very scarce

[14944]                                                                                                                                                  £1000

32C 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 good condition – held in a rather battered slipcase. But rather unusually, a real bonus, the original Rules sheet is present.  All in all an excellent example of the merchandise generated by the suffragette movement.

[14945]£385

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

5 March 1913.’The Majesty of the Law’ is the caption. Blind Justice stands with the scales in one hand and her sword wrapped round with a cloth labelled ‘Hunger Strike’. A house is in flames in the background. Full-page -very good

[14319]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. 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’.

[14322]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. 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.’

[14323]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

30 Nov 1910, scene is a suffragette demonstration, ‘Votes for Women’ flags flying. Two young street urchins observe and comment.  Caption is ‘Man of the World (lighting up), “Well ‘ave to give it ’em, I expect, Chorlie”‘. Half-page illustration

[14324]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

24 June 1908. ‘The Militant Sex’. Haldane, the secretary of state for war, attired as Napoleon, comments on the serrried ranks of women marching behind him, banners aloft – to the WSPU’s ‘Woman’s Sunday’ rally in Hyde Park and thinks ‘Ah! if only I could get the men to come forward like that!’ A full-page illustration

[14330]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

18 April 1906. ‘A Temporary Entaglement’ – a scene from ‘Vanity Fair’. Sir Henry Campbell Bannerman as Josh Sedley holds the wool as The Suffragette (aka Becky Sharp) winds it into a ball. The allusion is to the news that ‘The Prime Minister has promised to receive a deputation on the subject of Female Suffrage after Easter’. Full-page cartoon by Bernard Partridge

[14333]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

5 October 1927. As a young woman takes her gun from the ghillie an elderly gentleman (the Conservative Party) looks concerned and remarks ‘I hope she’s got enough ‘intuition’ not to let it off in my direction’. The remark is explained: ‘The question of extended suffrage for women [ie for those between 21 and 30] [in whose ‘intuition’ Mr Baldwin reposes so much confidence will be raised in the approaching Conference of the Conservative Party]. Full page

[14334]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

23 May 1928. A gentleman identified as Lord Banbury kneels in a ring (it’s an allusion to the Royal Tournament which was doubtless on at the time) and opens his umbrella to defend himself against the horde of cloche-hatted women who are rushing towards him carrying their flag for the ‘Equal Franchise Bill’. In the debate on the Representation of the People Act on 21 May 1928 Lord Banbury had attempted to move its rejection. Full-page cartoon – good – one corner creased

[14335]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

17 January 1906. ‘The Shrieking Sister’. The Sensible Woman (with her fur stole around her neck) addresses the dishevelled ‘suffragette’ (with a ‘Female Suffrage’ flag tied to her umbrella) – ‘You – help our cause? Why, you’re its worst enemy!’ They are standing outside a hall that advertises ‘Great Liberal Meeting’. A full-page Bernard Partridge cartoon

[14336]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

18 June 1913. ‘Atmosphere of distrust at a garden party owing to rumour that a militant is present’. Love the stylish 1913 clothes – but all – men and women  and children – are all looking over their (literal and proverbial) shoulders. Half-page cartoon

[14341]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

26 March 1913. ‘Burglary Up-To-Date’. Burglar has taken his swag from a safe and now writes ‘Votes for Women’ across the jemmied door. Half-page cartoon – good condition

[14343]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

19 March 1913. At a railway wayside halt the stationmaster asks the signalman to keep an eye on ‘the ole gal on the platform’ while he has his dinner. The signalman doesn’t think she’ll come to any harm but the stationmaster explains ‘I’m not thinkin’ of ‘er ‘ealth. I’m thinkin’ about my station. She might want to burn it down.’ Half-page cartoon – very good

[14344]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

5 March 1913. ‘The child is daughter to the woman’ is the caption. Suffragette mother returns after a strenuous day and is expecting some important correspondence. Her daughter, however, reveals she has torn up the letters to provide a paperchase for her dolls. Mother expostulates: ‘..Haven’t I often told you that letters are sacred things?’ A comment on suffragette attacks on post-boxes. A half-page cartoon – very good

[14345]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

5 February 1913. ‘How Militant Suffragettes Are Made’. A cheeky caddie explains to a visiting golfer that the old green they are passsing gets flooded and ‘so they’ve give it up to the lydies.’ A half-page cartoon – very good

[14347]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

5 February 1913. ‘A Pleasure Deferred’ is the caption. Asquith, during the course of a Society evening, is trapped behind a columnar ornamental fern pot by a demanding suffragette (in her best Edwardian evening clothes) asking to know why he had ‘cur’ her dance. He explains that ‘the M.C. objected to the pattern of my waisstcoat, and I had to go home and change it. but I’ll tell you what! Let me put you down for an extra at our private subscription dance next season’. I love it. The full-page cartoon refers to the Speaker’s ruling at the end of Jan 1913 that a proposed amendment to introduce women into the bill would so change it that it would have to be reintroduced as a new bill. Very good

[14348]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00 SOLD

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

29 January 1913. ‘Rag-Time in the House’ is the caption. Members of the government are enjoying the ‘Suffrage Free & Easy Go As You Please’ dance.  Asquith, with an ‘Anti’ label, is keeping an eye on Lloyd George (wearing a ‘Pro’ armband) jitterbugs with Sir Edward. The sub-text is ‘Sir Edward Grey’s Woman Suffrage Amendment produces some curious partnerships’. Full-page cartoon – very good

[14349]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

23 June 1912. ‘Votes for Men and Women’ is the caption. John Bull is sitting comfortably and turns round as Nurse Asquith enters carrying a baby labelled ‘Franchise Bill’. In answer to JB’s query ‘she’ replies: ‘Well, Sir, it’s certainly not a girl, and I very much doubt if it’s a boy’. The government’s Franchise and Registration bill was given its first Reading on 18 June 1912. Full-page cartoon – very good

[14350]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

27 March 1912. A young suffragette is standing on a table addressing a crowd: ‘I defy anyone to name a field of endeavour in which men do not receive more consideration than women!’ A Voice from the Crowd retorts: ‘What about the bally ballet!’  A half-page cartoon – very good

[14351]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

7 December 1910. ‘Voter’s Vertigo’ is the caption. It is the second general election of 1910 and the voter is all in a tizz..muddling up all the campaign slogans..(e’g. ‘don’t tax the poor man’s dreadnought’ and ‘home rule for suffragettes’). A quarter of a page cartoon – very good

[14352]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. PUNCH CARTOON

24 December 1908. Two male Anti-suffragists, perhaps lounging at the Club, are talking about the suffrage campaign. One says ‘The idea of their wantin’ to be like us!’ while the other agrees ‘Yes, makin’ themselves utterly ridiculous’. Half-page cartoon – very good

[14354]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. 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

[12661]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. SPALDING, Frances (ed) The Charleston Magazine:Charleston, Bloomsbury and the ArtsCharleston Trustissue 19, Spring/Summer 1999

Includes an article ‘A Rich Network of Associations: Bloomsbury and Women’s Suffrage’, written by me (seems a very long time ago). Also an article on Frank Rutter that touches on his suffrage sympathies – and other interesting articles. A much lamented magazine. Fine – card covers

[12652]                                                                                                                                                  £12.00

Label attached to Item 55

See image of banner at head of catalogue

  1. SUFFRAGETTE BANNER – ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN IN 1912’

AN AMAZING FIND – a banner bearing the legend ‘Votes for Women in 1912’ The banner was created for the 14 July 1912 demonstration organised by Sylvia Pankhurst in Hyde Park to mark Mrs Pankhurst’s birthday.Still  attached to it is a luggage-type label bearing the information ‘Platform 2′ Votes for Women 1912’. This, however, doesn’t refer to a railway platform but to the Hyde Park Platform 2, chaired by Georgina Brackenbury at which the speakers were Mrs Cameron Swan, Mrs Massy and Miss Amy Hicks. The banner is 193 cm (76 inches) at its widest x  111 cm (44 inches) high, with a machine-stiched pocket running down the right-hand side into whiich a stiffening rod was presumably inserted. Small rings have been hand-sewn to the top and the bottom of this pocket. The left -hand side of the banner is shaped as a sideways ‘V’ – all the better to flutter in the wind. The material is a cream cotton and the lettering is painted on in green.

‘Votes for Women’, 19 July 1912, p 686 gives details of those who worked on the banners for the demonstration. The main work was carried out in the studio in the garden of 2 Phillimore Terrace, Kensington, the home of Mrs Ferguson, mother of Rachel. Particular mention is made of Norah Smyth, who ‘was responsible for 100 flags wiith painted mottoes’ and of Olive Hockin, who took over when Norah was absent. Could either of them have painted this banner?

With another similar, the banner was discovered some years ago by a vintage clothes dealer at the bottom of a bag of garments she had purchased from a house in Old Brompton Road, Chelsea..In nearly 100 years they hadn’t moved far. I wonder who had taken them home from Hyde Park?

The banner is in surprisingly good condition – in that it is intact, no moth holes, the painted lettering is still quite bright. The marks that it does show are consonant with having been carried in a great demonstration – a little muddied  and marked. Some conservation might be indicated ready it for display.

[14921]                                                                                                                                                    £12,000.00

Item 56

  1. ‘SUFFRAGETTE BANNER – ‘POLITICAL EQUALITY FOR MEN AND WOMEN’

AN AMAZING FIND– a banner bearing the legend ‘Political Equality for Men and Women’  Because it was discovered along with a very similar banner created in 1912, I have no hesitation in asserting that this banner was also made for the 14 July 1912 demonstration organised by Sylvia Pankhurst in Hyde Park to mark Mrs Pankhurst’s birthday.

The banner is 198 cm (78-inch) wide  x 109 cm (43-inch) high  with a 2.5cm (1-inch) machine-stiched pocket running down each side into whiich stiffening rods were presumably inserted. Small rings have been hand-sewn to the top and the bottom of these pockets (the one at the bottom of the right-hand side is missing). The cream cotton material and the lettering, painted in green, are both identical to those used for #14921..

‘Votes for Women’, 19 July 1912, p 686 gives details of those who worked on the banners for the demonstration. The main work was carried out in the studio in the garden of 2 Phillimore Terrace, Kensington, the home of Mrs Ferguson, mother of Rachel. Particular mention is made of Norah Smyth, who ‘was responsible for 100 flags wiith painted mottoes’ and of Olive Hockin, who took over when Norah was absent. Could either of them have painted this banner?

With #14921, the banner was discovered some years ago by a vintage clothes dealer at the bottom of a bag of garments she had purchased from a house in Old Brompton Road, Chelsea..In nearly 100 years they hadn’t moved far. I wonder who had taken them home from Hyde Park?

The banner has one small hole on the right edge and a slightly bigger one (2 inches) towards the left-hand edge -and 4 small holes along the top (probably mothm where material has been folded) otherwise it is in suprisingly good condition – a bit less ‘muddy’ than #14921. Obviously a little conservation would work wonders

[14922]                                                                                                                                                    £11,000.00

 

  1. SUFFRAGETTE CHINA – ‘ANGEL OF FREEDOM’ DESIGN

Saucer (12.25cm) 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. 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. This piece originally belonged to a well-known suffragette. In fine condition

[14750]                                                                                                                                                         £450.00

Item 58

  1. SUFFRAGETTE CHINA – ‘ANGEL OF FREEDOM’ DESIGN

Cup, saucer and plate 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. One each of cup, saucer and plate – a trio – together- in very good condition

[14894]                                                                                                                                                      £2,000.00

  1. ‘THE END OF THE HUNGER STRIKE. SHE COULDN’T RESIST THAT! PLASMON OATS’

Advertisement for Plasmon Oats, showing the hunger striker in her cell, a bowl of oats – and its packet – on bench beside her. The vapour is steaming towards her spelling out the message ‘(V)Oats for Women’. The young woman is dressed in a white blouse with purple and green trim and a purple skirt trimmed in green, so the message that she is a suffragette is not missed. A prison guard looks through a barred window into the cell to view the effect of this hot, nourishing dish (round the rim of the bowl is written ‘70% more nourishment than any other oats’.  Plasmon was a proprietory dried milk that was added to various products including oats..hence, Plasmon Oats. The artist was Anita Reed, who was born in Finsbury Park in 1891 and in 1911 (around the time of this item) was still only 20. On the 1911 census she is described as an artist and was living at home in Twickenham with her parents and younger brother. There is not much information available about her..but by 1925, still an artist, she had emigrated to Canada, to where returned at the end of that year after a visit to the Twickenham home.

I think this version of the image dates from the 1960s, reproduced on a calendar, from which it has been removed and beEn framed – the frame now rather rIckety. The poster is 30cm x 18cm and, with the wooden frame, the item measures 33cm x 22 cm. Another example of the adaptability of a suffragette trope. I note that the V & A holds an example of the image which is described as a ‘poster’, although their catalogue doesn’t give dimensions. In good condition – most unusual

[14909]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

  1. 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

[14074]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. THE MARLBOROUGH THEATRE, Holloway Road, London

Theatre programme for the Boxing Day 1910 performance of ‘The Musical, Mirthful, Spectacular Pantomime DICK WHITTINGTON’ – a most appropriate choice as Dick Whittington is very much a local hero in Holloway. In this production the cook to Alderman Fitzwarren is ‘Eliza, a Suffragette’, played by Dan Crawley (1872-1912), an Irish comedian who had considerable success as a pantomime dame.  Clearly at this time the idea of a ‘suffragette’ was a good fit for a cross-dressing humourous character. Incidentally, the Marlborough Theatre was designed by the renowned Frank Matcham and had opened in 1903. The programme is packed with advertisements for local businesses, including one for the Dimoline Piano Co whose owners were members of the WSPU and regular advertisers in ‘Votes for Women’. In good condition, with decorative cover

[14439]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. ‘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.

[13690]                                                                                                                                                         £160.00

  1. 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.

[13691]                                                                                                                                             £150.00 SOLD

  1. VOTES FOR WOMEN

commemorative WSPU crepe paper souvenir  – ‘ ‘Official Programme for the Great Demonstration’ in Hyde Park’ on 21 June 1908 – reproducing portraits of the speakers -including Mary Gawthorpe, Annie Kenney, Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence, Emmeline Pankhurst, Adela Pankhurst, and Nellie Kenney. At the centre of the piece is a map of Hyde Park, showing the positions of the 20 platforms for the speakers. Printed by Mrs S. Burgess, Buckingham Street, Strand. The border is of purple violets and green leaves – fitting in with the WSPU’s new colour scheme, first revealed on this occasion. A supremely ephemeral piece- in very good condition – colours bright – slight crease down thc centre where it was once folded. Would look great framed

[14891]                                                                                                                                                         £950.00

 

  1. “VOTES FOR WOMEN” FELLOWSHIP BADGE

An EXCEPTIONALLY RARE badge – I have never seen this before and, as far as I know, no example of it is held in any public collection. This is a white enamel bar badge – with ‘Votes for Women’; along the bar and ‘Fellowship’ set at a diagonal on the left. the ‘Votes for Women Fellowship’ – On the reverse the badge carries the maker’s name, W.O. Lewis, Howard Street, Birmingham, who is known to have produced another, different, badge for the ‘Votes for Women Fellowship’

The Fellowship was founded by Frederick and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence on 1 November 1912 after they were forced to leave the WSPU. Their new organisation was built around their weekly paper,’Votes for Women’. The Fellowship described itself as a common meeting ground for members of all suffage societies. There does not appear to have been an overwhelming rush to join the VFWF; subscription lists are short – and the paucity of its membership is doubtless a reason for the great rarity of the Fellowship’s badge.  Members of the VFWF included Margaret Mackworth (later Lady Rhondda), Georgiana Solomon, Amy Hicks, Henry Nevinson and Margaret and Mary Thompson (details of all of whom may be found in my ‘The Women’s Suffrage Movement: a reference guide’). The badge is in fine condition.

[14883]                                                                                                                                         £1,500.00 SOLD

  1. WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION POSTER

An advertising poster for the 5 September 1913 issue of ‘The Suffragette’. The headline ‘Asquith at Bay’ refers to the attack on the prime minister as he played golf at Lossiemouth. When two suffragettes (wo)manhandled him, he called to his daughter, Violet, for help. She describes the incident in an excellent 1966 BBC discussion, with Mary Stocks, chaired by Joan Bakewell. Posters such as this were displayed by newsagents and by WSPU paper sellers at their ‘pitches’. The poster is printed in purple and green on white – with the militant ‘St Joan’ WSPU figure as the insignia. The poster is displayed in a good quality thiin green wooden frame – reay to hang on your wall. An amazing survivor

[14926]                                                                                                                                         £4,500.00 SOLD

 

  1. WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION SILVER AND ENAMEL BADGE/BROOCH

comprising the WSPU ‘colours’ of purple, white and green – shown in horizontal strips on this elegant badge. It was made by the badge-making firm Toye of Clerkenwell Road, London, who also made the hunger-strike medals for the WSPU. In fact, badges such as this were on occasion added to the ribbon of the hunger-strike medal to indicate that the recipient had undergone a series of hungerstrikes. The badge is in very good condition – very scarce – dating from c 1908-1914 – and yet ready to wear now

[14880]                                                                                                                                         £1,000.00 SOLD

 

 

Isabel Seymour Collection

Marion Isabella Seymour [known as Isabel Seymour] (1882-1968) was born in Mayfair, London, the eldest child of Charles Read Seymour (1855-1935), a barrister, and Marion Frances Violet Seymour [née Luxford] (1855-1900). In 1891 the Seymour family lived at The Elms, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire. Isabel now had two younger brothers and a sister and the household was attended by a governess, six servants, and a coachman. Another sister was born in 1893. Charles Seymour was a Justice of the Peace and chairman of the parish council.

At the beginning of the 20th century the family moved to a new house, Inholmes Court, Hartley Wintney, designed for them in 1899 by an architect friend, Robert Weir Schulz. The move may have taken place just after the death of Isabel’s mother on 21 October 1900.

In 1902 Charles Seymour remarried. His new wife, Adelaide Bentinck, the daughter of a Hampshire neighbour, was 28 years old, only about eight years older than Isabel. There were to be two more children of this second marriage.

We know nothing of Isabel’s education other than she was fluent in German and that her spelling in English could be a little erratic. She was probably educated at home for a time by a series of governesses – of which one may perhaps have been German? Her slightly younger sister, Elinor, was a pupil at a girls’ boarding school at Southbourne, Hampshire, in 1901 and it may be that Isabel did attend that school, or a similar establishment, for the final years of her education.

There is no trace of Isabel in the 1901 census; it may be that she was abroad.  It is likely that at this stage of her life Isabel was supported by her father but that, later, as his finances grew more precarious (he only left c £600 when he died in 1934), she did have to provide something towards her own living costs. Certainly, by the time Isabel Seymour became involved with the WSPU she was living In London, at an address, 36 Chenies Street Chambers [address sourced from a letter from her in the Sheffield Daily Telegraph, 29 November 1907] that was just the place for a young woman such as her. For these ‘Ladies’ Residential Chambers’, the brainchild of Millicent Fawcett’s sister, Agnes Garrett, were intended for ‘educated working women’, a place where they could have their own room(s) away from the indignities of the boarding house. [I write extensively about the ‘Ladies’ Residential Chambers’ in my Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle ­– and there is one rather idiosyncratic article about the establishment on my website – see https://wp.me/p2AEiO-g2.] So Isabel was among others similarly minded, who, although most probably pro-suffrage, were less likely to be sympathisers of the WSPU but, rather, to be in favour of the constitutional methods of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies.

 

Items in Isabel Seymour’s collection suggest that she had joined the WSPU no later than mid-1906, probably earlier. Isabel Seymour was interviewed by Antonia Raeburn for The Militant Suffragettes, a book she had begun working on in 1964, although it was not published until 1973, five years after Isabel Seymour’s death. Raeburn described her as ‘a young friend of the Pethick Lawrences [who] came to work in the office [at Clement’s Inn] when it first opened. The fact that she was friendly with the Pethick Lawrences might suggest that Isabel Seymour had been involved in some kind of ‘mission’ or ‘social’ work. Certainly in 1904, when still living at home in Hampshire, she had been appointed as an assistant visitor to the children of the local Workhouse.

Interviewed by Antonia Raeburn, for her book, The Militant Suffragettes (1973), Isabel Seymour described the early days in Clement’s Inn:

‘It was very happy-go-lucky – envelope addressing, and the almost daily tea party. Mrs Pankhurst used to descend but she wasn’t permanently there. I remember the sort of feeling that she was still a bit of an outsider. But of course Christabel was always at Clement’s Inn. The Pethick Lawrences had put the spare room of their flat at her disposal. They really were like overshadowing guardian angels.’

As a full-time worker for the WSPU Isabel Seymour would have been paid; the general rate seems to have been £2 a week. By 1907 her skill as a suffrage speaker had been recognised and, as well as speaking at London meetings, she went on tours around the country, visiting Scotland on several occasions, where she was always particularly well received. In 1909 she was congratulated on her excellent German when on a WSPU speaking-tour of Germany, which she followed up with a speech in Brussels. In 1910 she took her suffrage tour to Austria and Hungary. In a reported speech in her home village of Winchfield in Hampshire she particularly mentioned ‘the benefits derived by women who had the franchise in New Zealand and Australia and she conclude by appealing to all to think over this question in their minds seriously, and ask themselves whether as women they did not wish to leave the world better than they found it, so that the next generation should have to enter the arena of the labour market handicapped and with little or no protection as was the case now. Many of them had given up ease, money, and even their lives for this great cause, because they saw the great wrongs under which many of their sisters laboured. Their cause was going forward, and truth, justice, liberty, and progress would certainly win.’ [Votes for Women, 14 April 1911 p 462]

From her earliest days with the WSPU Isabel Seymour was ‘Hospitality Secretary’, which involved finding accommodation for country members who came to London to attend meetings and demonstrations. As WSPU militancy increased in 1909 and more and more women were imprisoned and then went on hunger strike, she handed over this post to another WSPU activist and instead became ‘Prisoners’ Secretary’. Thus more onerous task involved dealing with all aspects of WSPU imprisonment – attempts to get bail, the treatment of prisoners once incarcerated, dealing with enquiries from prisoners’ families, keeping track of prisoners and their sentences, informing readers of Votes for Women of the prisoners still held in any one week, and helping organise the ‘release’ demonstrations.

It is not known when she left England but in September 1916 Isabel Seymour was living in Canada, her address being the Okangan Gate Ranch, Enderby, British Columbia. Other than that she was living there with a friend, it is not clear what had brought her to Enderby, a very small town, with a population of 700+ in 1921, However, on 15 September 1916 Isabel Seymour wrote a letter to the Woman’s Dreadnought ( a paper edited by Sylvia Pankhurst) revealing that ‘yesterday I became a voter’. She explained how the British Columbia had ‘decided to have a Referendum on “Women’s Suffrage and Prohibition” – the first Referendum ever held here. There has been but little time to carry propaganda out, and therefore this vote has come as the result of the genuine conviction on men’s part that we have earned our vote I may say that the work the women have done in England since the war had a great effect on the result here. Personally I have been speaking on the platforms of both candidates in our constituency, and they were only pleased to have me. There has been no opposition at all and I never met any man who was going to vote against the suffrage. We have had encouragement and help all the time.

I never thought to get a vote here; when we came it was so far away and no one cared. How is the W.S.F.? If I ever come back to England I shall come and work for you, but now I feel as if my work were starting out here…’

However Isabel Seymour did not remain in Canada but returned to England after the death of the friend with whom she lived. She sailed into Southampton from New York, on 27 December 1920 and by March 1922 was elected a member of the Hampshire County Council, as representative of the St Paul and St Thomas ward in Winchester. She was now living in the town, with her father and step-mother in Bereweeke House, a large Edwardian house standing in spacious grounds. She remained a councillor for many years, serving for some time on the Education Committee, taking a special interest in trying to achieve equality for women head-teachers.

Isabel’s father died in 1934 and it is likely that the Bereweeke household then broke up. Certainly by 1939 Isabel, still a county councillor, was living with Dorothy Pearce, an old friend from Hartley Wintney, at Littlemount, 7 Bassett Row, Southampton. After Dorothy’s death in 1963 Isabel continued to live in the house until her own death in 1968. Emmeline Pethick Lawrence had remained a friend all her life, leaving Isabel Seymour a bequest in her will.

 

The following items all once belonged to Isabel Seymour.

 

  1. [1906 21 OCTOBER] WSPU LONDON CENTRAL COMMITTEE

Reserved Front Seat ticket (it cost 1 shilling) – ‘A Demonstration will be held in favour of Votes for Women in the Holborn Town Hall Sunday 21st at 8pm.’ The speakers included Mrs Pankhurst, Mrs Cobden Sanderson, Nellie Martel, Chrisabel Pankhurs and Annie Kenney. Printed on card. An early example of WSPU agitation in London

[14853]                                                                                                                                             £200.00 SOLD

  1. [1906 26 SEPTEMBER] WSPU KENSAL RISE BRANCH

will hold a meeting on Wednesday, Sept 26th at the corner of Chevenin Rd (near Kensal Rise Station) at 8pm. Chairman Mrs Martel An enfranchised woman of New South Wales, Australia, Speakers, Mrs Sbarboro, one of Asquith;s Prisoners, Miss I Miller, Mrs Pethick Lawrence and others. Application for membership and all particulars can be obtained from the Hon Sec Mrs L Culen, 21 Campden House Road, W.’ A very early WSPU flyer for a meeting organised by one of its first branches. Good condition – though with slight (c 1 inch) tear along crease where it has been folded and slight creasing to corners. A very rare survivor

[14832]                                                                                                                                             £250.00 SOLD

  1. [1906] SUFFRAGE DECLARATION

A form asking for the recipient to sign the Declaration – ‘I am desirous that women should vote in Parliamentary elections on the same terms as men’ -that was drawn up by Clementina Black in 1906. ‘Ever woman signing must either be or have been engaged in: Work for money; work for a philanthropic, social, or eductional kind; artistic, scientific or literary work. In the event it was signed by 257,000 professional and other women. This is a rare survivor – 1 sheet rather marked

[14855]                                                                                                                                                         £150.00

  1. [1906] WSPU VOTES FOR WOMEN LEAFLETS NO 4 A CAMPAIGN FUND

Leaflet printing a letter sent by the London Central Committee of the WSPU to the editor of ‘The Tribune’, noting that the WSPU were raising a ‘propaganda fund of £1000’ and explaining that ‘our organization consists of women of all classes working shoulder to shoudler to secure the enfranchsement of their sex’. ‘In the Canning town branch alone 150 women are pledged to go to prison if need be, and the same spirit prevails in all the branches.’ This must have been one of the first WSPU appeals for money – because Sylvia Pankhurst has put her name to the letter as hon sec. and, although Emmeline Pethick Lawrence is treasurer, the WSPU office has not yet been opened in Clement’s Inn. In good conditon – a little creasing around the edges

[14861]                                                                                                                                                         £250.00

Item 72

  1. [1907 12 FEBRUARY] WSPU CONVERSAZIONE AT THE ROOMS OF THE SOCIETY OF ARTISTS

8.30 to 11.30. Long 4-page white card with deckle edges, printed in green, the front giving the names of the WSPU Committee, with Edith How Martyn as hon sec, and names of the Reception Committee – who included Viscountess harberton, Mrs Cobden Unwiin, Mrs Cobden Sanderson, Mrs Pankhurst, Elizabeth Robins, and Mary Neal. Page 2 gives the programme for the evening – with addresses by Christabel Pankhurst and Annie Kenney (‘formerly of the Lancashire Cotton Operators’ Union’). Page 3 gives Announcements of Forthcoming Events – which were to conclude with a Public Meeting on the Sunday evenin in the Caxton Hall. Page 4 is a rhyming alphabet – beginning ‘A stands for Asquith who sought the back door!/B is for Banner he cowered before/C is for Constables, ‘stalwart’ and strong/D Deputation they hustled along/ etc etc. A most unusul and attractive card dating from the early days of the WSPU. In very good condition

[14826]                                                                                                                                                         £500.00

Item 73

  1. [1907 13 MARCH] VOTES FOR WOMEN MENU 13TH MARCH 1907

This private lunch (1pm) to celebrate the release from prison of Patricia Woodlock, Olivia Smith and Mr Croft was held in the Phoenix Salon of the Holborn Restaurant (which was on the western corner of Kingsway, where it meets New Oxford Street) and the deckle-edged menu bears at the head the image of a Phoenix. The 7-course menu, in French of course, begins with oysters and ends with cheese. The heading is ‘Votes for Women’ and underneath is the familiar quote from Tennyson ‘Woman’s cause is man’s; they rise or sink/ Together, dwarfed or Godlike, bond or free.’ Most unusual – very rare – fine condition

[14824]                                                                                                                                                         £400.00

  1. [1907 20 MARCH] WITH THE BEST WISHES OF THE WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION

4-page card ‘To every Woman WHO WANTS THE VOTE’ Inside is an ‘Announcement of a Women’s Meeting on March 20th [1907] in the Caxton Hall, Westminster, when the position of the Women’s Enfranchisement Bill will be discussed. Speakers were Mrs Despard, Annie Kenney, Margaret Macmillan, Alma Martel, Christabel Pankhurst and Emmeline Pankhurst’. On the third pae is an invitation to a Reception at Essex Hall, Essex Street, Strand on Tuesday 12 March, at 3pm with Mrs Despard in the Chair. Speakers were Mrs Philip Snowden, Mrs Cobden Sanderson, Mrs Pankhurst, Mrs Pethick Lawrence, Mrs Alma Martel. This was to be followed in the evenin by an open Discussion, for women only, on the present position of the Women’s Suffrage Movement – with Edith How-Martyn in the chair. On the back page is a list of ‘Suggestions – How You Can Help’ – with included volunteering to do clerical work in the WSPU office, undertake a house to house canvass of women, organise meetings by distributing handbills etc, selling literature, acting as steward, selling tickets etc, or collecting at meetings. Also ‘You can join the Tea Table Committee. We shall be deeply grateful for your help in this purely housekeeping and domestic side of the work – of which there is a great deal to be done. You can arrange Drawing-Room Meetings and invite your friends to meet the Speakers and Leaders of the Union. You can go to Debates and Meetings. You can wear the Votes for Women Badge. You can persuade your firends to send contributions to the Hon Treasurer, Mrs Pethick Lawrence. The card dates from the early days of the WSPU – before Edith How-Martyn, whose name is prominently displayed as Hon Sec, and Mrs Despard broke away to form the Women’s Freedom League. In very good condition – with a couple of pencilled notes – presumably by Isabel Seymour – one on the front and one on the reverse – the latter reading ‘Madame Fischer-Sobell, 1 Harley Road, Swiss Cottage’. She was Agatha, the Dutch-born wife of the distinguished Australian musician, Otto Fischer-Sobell (he died in Melbourne c 1934). Most unusual – extremely rare

[14823]                                                                                                                                             £450.00 SOLD

 

  1. [1907 30 MAY] ‘WSPU ADMIT BEARER TO A PUBLIC MEETING

at Exeter Hall, Thursday May 30 [1907], at 8pm – To Demand the Enfranchisement of Women. Chairman: Mrs Pankhurst.’ This, presumably Isabel Seymour’s own ticket’ was for the Platform ‘Entrance Doors 1 & 3, Exeter Street only’ ‘Room cannot be guaranteed after 7.45’ Most unusual

[14820]                                                                                                                                             £250.00 SOLD

  1. [1907] WSPU SONG SHEET

4-page leaflet setting out the words for 6 songs to be sung on WSPU occasions. The first one, written by an early WSPU member, Maude Fitzherbert, is described as ‘An International Anthem’ and begins ‘Arise! oppressed of the earth/. Five of the other songs are set to well-known tunes, such as ‘Men of Harlech’ and ‘John Peel’ and have words by Theodora Mills. The 6th is adapted from ‘England Arise!’. In good condition – with a note on the front in ink – ‘Choir, see p 5’ – and on that page pencilled annnotations to song 5 – ‘Women of England’ – cancelling one verse and noting the last verse should be sung twice. Very scarce

[14870]                                                                                                                                             £350.00 SOLD

  1. [1908 11, 12, 13 FEBRUARY] NWSPU ALL WOMEN ARE INVITED TO BE PRESENT AT THE PARLIAMENT OF WOMEN

to be held in the Caxton Hall, Westminster, on February 11, 12 and 13. Session each afternoon 3-6. Eveniing Meeting 8-10. Chairman: Mrs Pankhurst.’ Includes ‘Other Announcements’ for NWSPU meetings, including a breakfast at the Eustace Miles Restaurant for released prisoners on 6 February. Flyer printed in green. Very scarce – in very good condition

[14830]                                                                                                                                             £300.00 SOLD

  1. [1908 13 OCTOBER] PHOTOGRAPH OF POLICEMEN IN CLEMENTS INN

A glossy press photoraph of a policeman in uniform with two other men, possibly plain-clothes police, standing in front of Clement’s Inn. The sign for the Fabian Society is clearly shown – and the basement Fabian Society was next door to the basement WSPU office. On the reverse is the date Oct 13th 1908. The police were searching for Christabel and Emmeline Pankhurst after they had urged the public to ‘Rush the House of Commons’.

[14815]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. [1909 OCTOBER] TO THE ELECTORS OF BERMONDSEY FOR THE HONOUR OF ENGLAND

Single printed sheet issued at the time of the 1909 Bermondsey by-election by 9 male supporters of women’s suffrage, including H.N. Brailsford, Laurence Housman and Dr Hector Munro. In view of the treatment that women suffrage prisoners were receiving at the hands of the Liberal government, they appealed to voters ‘to see to it that whatever else may happen at this particular bye-election, the Government candidate is left at the bottom of the pile.’ In fact it was the Labour candidate that took that position, though the Liberal was beaten into second place by the Conservative candidate. In good contion, a little creased and nicked around the edges. Unusual – and very scarce

[14875]                                                                                                                                                         £200.00

Item 80

  1. [1909] WSPU POLITICAL PEEPSHOWS (POLITICAL CARTOONS IN MODEL)

WOMEN’S EXHIBITION AND SALE OF WORK AT THE PRINCE’S SKATING RINK, KNIGHTSBRIDGE, May 13th to 26th (inclusive) 2.30pm to 10pm each day’ 4-ppleaflet, printed in purple, white and green, describing the 12 Political Peepshows – from No 1 Legal Robbery ‘Taxation without Representation is Robbery’ – set in Downing Street where the Right Hon Ll…G..Chancellor of the Exchequer is picking the woman’s pocket. Policeman: Stop, thief. ll…G..Why? It is only a woman.’…to No 12 The Winner This represents the Suffragette yacht, steered by Christabel, ust passing the winning post,, while the Government boat is far in the rear.’ So interesting to see the description of each of these models, which otherwise can seem rather mysterious. In very good  condition – extremely scarce

[14865]                                                                                                                                                         £800.00

  1. [1910 12 JANUARY] CYCLOSTYLED LETTER ON WSPU NOTEPAPER FROM EMMELINE PANKHURST AND EMMELINE PETHICK LAWRENCE TO EDITORS OF NEWSPAPERS ABOUT THE TREATMENT OF SELINA MARTIN IN LIVERPOOL PRISON

The letter contends that Herbert Gladstone, then Home Secretary, ‘has written to a correspondent to deny the truth of our statement as to the atrocities committed in Liverpool priosn on the body of Selina Martin an unconvicted prisoner, and imputing bad faith to the officials of this Union for causing then to be published’. Then follows details, in Selina Martin’s own words, of the dreadful treatment she received, which involved forcible feeding, while held on remand. The WSPU letter ends by saying ‘Our acquaintance during the past four years with the methods of the Home Office under Mr Gladstone, in dealing with his subordinate officials in the prisons, justifies us in the utmost scepticism of Mr Gladstone’s denial.’  2-pp, held by original clip – in good condition – slightly creased around the edges – etremely scarce

[14845]                                                                                                                                             £250.00 SOLD

  1. [1910 15 JANUARY] DRUMMERS’ UNION

At the Rehearsal Theatre, Maiden Lane, Strand, WC on Saturday January 15 at 7.45 An Entertainment given by the Drummers’ Uniion Proceeds to be given to the WSPU A Fairy Play entitled ‘The Dream Lady; by Netta Syrett. A new Suffrage Play ‘The Reforming of Augustus’ – also a Cockney Dialogue. Those taking part were Miss Rachel Ferguson, Irene and Janet McLeod, Hzel Roberts and Walter Cross  and others. Irene McLeod was 18 at the time and her sister Janet, and Rachel Ferguson (whose entry I wrote for the ODNB) were 17. Single sheet, in good condition except for small tear at bottom edge. Any material related to the Drummers Union is extremely scarce

[14871]                                                                                                                                                         £300.00

  1. [1910 22 NOVEMBER] WSPU MEMORIAL TO THE PRIME MINISTER

Cyclostyled MEMORIAL TO THE PRIME MINISTER, signed by Emmeline Pankhurst. ‘This meeeting of women gathered together in the Caxton Hall, protests against the policy of shuffling and delay with which the Agitation for Women’s Enfranchisement has been met by the Government…etc’ Emmeline Pankhurst led a deputation from Caxton Hall to Downing Street, where she and over 100 women were arrested. Very good

[14841]                                                                                                                                             £250.00 SOLD

  1. [1911 8 DECEMBER] WSPU STEWARD’S PASS TO CHRISTMAS FAIR AND FETE

at the Portman Rooms, Baker Street, London W on Friday, December 8th [1911]. This was the elaborate fair organised by Sylvia Pankhurst, for which the stall holders were dressed in 18th-c costume. Red card, printed in black. Most unusual.

[14819]                                                                                                                                                         £300.00

  1. [1911] WSPU OLD LONDON CRIES SUNG AT THE CHRISTMAS FAIR AND FETE HELD BY THE WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNIION AT THE PORTMAN ROOMS, DECEMBER 4TH TO 9TH 1911

8-pp pamphlet printing the ‘Old London Cries to be sung at the Opening Ceremony every day, For this fund-raising fair Sylvia Pankhurst had designed 18th-c costumes for the stall-holders – but I hadn’t realised there was a vocal dimension to the scene. Here are set out the stallholders’ cries, taken from a range of ballads, nursery rhymes and rounds -someone had been busy researching. A wonderful find – in fine condition (slight rusting on the staples) – extremely scarce

[14868]                                                                                                                                                         £800.00

  1. [1912 16 FEBRUARY] WSPU A CABINET MINISTER’S ADVICE

large flyer printed in black on white paper – quoting Henry Hobhouse, who speaking in the Colston Hall, Bristol, on 16 February 1912, made the mistake of mentioning ‘We have not had, in the case of the woman suffrage demands, the kind of popular sentiimental uprising which accounted for Nottingham Castle in 1832 or Hyde Park Railings in 1867.’ This, of course, was a red rag to the WSPU bull….the WSPU describing how restrained they were [‘mildness itself’] in only adopting a policy of window-breaking. ‘Women are anxiious to win the Vote without resorting to the violence used in days gone by to win votes for men. The Cabiinet Ministers who taunt women with not being violent enough, and the Government which refuses to carry a Women Sufffrage Bill, are doing theiir best to drive women to more and more violent action, and the country wiill hold them guilty if this should be the result.’ Very scarce – very good condition – a little creasing, a few nicks around the edges

[14837]                                                                                                                                                         £400.00

  1. [1913 6 JANUARY] CYCLOSTYLED LETTER ON WSPU NOTEPAPER FROM ISABEL SEYMOUR, AS WSPU PRISON SECRETARY,

asking recipients ‘In view of Mrs Drummond’s deputation and the consequent danger of arrest, I am making a list of those friends who have kindly helped us in the past by going bail for our prisoners. May I put you on the list again…etc’

A glimpse into the WSPU workings behind the scenes. Very scarce – in good condition – slightly creaseed

[14843]                                                                                                                                  £200.00 SOLD

  1. [1912 16 MAY] ‘GREAT POLITICAL DEMONSTRATION FOR MEN AND WOMEN LONDON OPERA HOUSE, KINGSWAY

4.30 to 7pm to Reaffirm the Status of Political Prisoners Protest against their present treatment and to Demand Legislation’. ‘Tickets and all information from National Political Reform League, through Miss M.A. Broadhurst, M.A. Miss M.M. Farquharson M.A., at the International Suffrage Shop, 15 Adam Street, Strand, WC’. Flyer printed in green. This meeting does not appear to have had any coverage in ‘Votes for Women’ or ‘The Vote’. Material from the National Political Reform League is very scarce – in good condition – with a crease or two

[14878]                                                                                                                                             £200.00 SOLD

 

  1. [1913 9 JANUARY] CYCLOSTYLED LETTER FROM FLORA DRUMMOND TO LLOYD GEORGE

writing ‘on behalf of a large number of working women to ask that you will give us an interview before the discussion on Votes for Women takes place in the House of Commons…..etc’ In fair condition – wth nicks around the edges and one slight tear with no loss of text

[14857]                                                                                                                                                         £100.00

  1. [1946 19 MARCH] SUFFRAGETTE FELLOWSHIP AT HOME

The meeting was held at 3 St George’s Court, Gloucester Road, London SW7 (‘By kind permission of Mrs Goulden Bach’). The speaker was Adeline Bourne. Ada Goulden Bach was Emmeline Pankhurst’s sister. Plain white card in fine condition- an unusual survivor

[14828]                                                                                                                                                         £150.00

  1. [5 March 1912] TYPED LETTER FROM CHRISTABEL PANKHURST TO ISABEL SEYMOUR

The letter, on headed WSPU notepaper, was addressed to Isabel at Bow Street Police Court, where many women were being held after the window-smashing demonstrations of 1 March. On the evening of this letter a warrant was isssued for Christabel’s arrest on a charge of conspiracy to commit damage and it was now that she fled to Paris. The letter requests Isabel ‘to ask all those who come before the Court today to refer to Hobhouse [the government minister], and say the action they have taken is large due to the incitement of Mr Hobhouse. The words he used were ‘In the case of the suffrage demand, there had not been the kind of popular sentimental upriising which acconted for Nottiingham Castle iin 1832 or the Hyde Park railings in 1867. There had been no great abullition of poplar feeling’. The ink signature looks very like Christabel’s own, but is marked ‘pp’ – so we must assume that, although she dictated the letter, she did not sign it herself.  It may have been one of the last dictations made before she departed for France. And in court many women did make reference to Hobhouse and Nottingham Castle when addressing the court…so Isabel Seymour would appear to have passed on Christabel’s message. In food condition, a little ragged round the edge

[14882]                                                                                                                                             £150.00 SOLD

  1. CHRISTABEL PANKHURST MEMORIAL FUND

4-page lealfet setting out details of the proposed memorial to Christabel Pankhurst (who died in 1958) in the the form of a bronze relief on a low stone screen at the base of Emmeline Pankhurst’s statue in Victoria Tower Gardens. The leaflet tells something of the WSPU campaign and mentions ‘many people feel that there should be a national Memorial to Dame Christabel Pankurst, and we have formed this Committee to organize a fund for this purpose. The proposed works, which are illustrated, had been estimated at £1500. ‘The Committee feel the design to be particularly appropriate, for inasmuch as Christabel and her mother jointly led the militant campaign, so should they be remembered together by future generations.’ Inset is a single sheet asking for donations to be sent to Lady Pethick-Lawrence [ie the former Helen Craggs, not Emmeline] at 11 Old Square, Lincoln’s Inn, London WC. Nancy, Lady Astor was Patron of the Memorial Fund Committee and the Hon Sec was Enid Goulden Bach, Christabel’s cousin.  Details are included of all other members of the Committee. Good – a little marked

[14847]                                                                                                                                             £100.00 SOLD

  1. EMMELINE PANKHURST SPEAKER AT THE DOMINION CHAUTAUQUA AT ARMSTRONG ( BRITISH COLUMBIA)

on 18, 19, 20 May [no date, early 1920s]. Mrs Pankhurst headlines in this fully-illustrated fold-out brochure. The Chautauquas brought a mixture of lectures and entertainment to far-flung towns throughout the USA and Canada. In these ‘Three Joyous Days’ she was in Armstrong, British Columbia, along with the Serbian Tamburica Orchestra, the De Willo Trio and the De Mille Quartet, and two other lecturers, Dr J.A. Arand and Prof W.F.Osborne. The brochure opens out to become a poster that might well have been displayed in a window..with photographs of all the ‘entertainers’, including Mrs Pankhurst. It also includes details of  the ‘Daily Program’ – Mrs Pankhurst lectured in the evening of the second day – ie 19 May. Also included is a list of Armstrong worthies who had each bought a Season Ticket for the event, to ensure its financial success. Most unusual

[14876]                                                                                                             £300.00 SOLD

 

  1. GONNE, JOSEPHINE Next!

Large single sheet, printed and published by Francis & Co (stalwart supporters of the suffrage movement)containing the 7 stanzas of this exuberant paean to the resouceful suffragettes – mouthed by the politicians of the day. Josephine Gonne (1867-1917) was the wife of Charles Melvill Gonne, a ‘Member of the Men’s Political Union for Women’s Enfranchisement. The photo of Capt Gonne being escorted by two policemen during the ‘Black Friday’ tumult in Nov 1910 was reproduced as a WSPU postcard.. This lengthy ditty must date from 1909/1910 as there is a mention of the hunger strike. ‘We’ve seen them punched and beaten/On the finngers breasts, and ribs,/ And trodden on by horses,/And shut in noisome cribs,/…etc. Most unusual – I’ve never seen ‘Next!’ before. In good condition

[14873]                                                                                                                                                         £250.00

 

 

  1. GONNE, Josephine The Wriggler and the Worm

Single sheet, printed and published by Francis & Co (stalwart supporters of the suffrage movement) – 7 stanzas of an idiosyncratic ditty in support of the Suffragettes. Josephine Gonne (1867-1917) was the wife of Charles Melvill Gonne, a ‘Member of the Men’s Political Union for Women’s Enfranchisement. The photo of Capt Gonne being escorted by two policemen during the ‘Black Friday’ tumult in Nov 1910 was reproduced as a WSPU postcard. I’ve certainly never seen ‘The Wriggler and the Worm’ before -in good condition – extremely scarce

[14874]                                                                                                                                             £250.00 SOLD

Item 96

  1. IN MEMORIAM MISS EMILY WILDING DAVISON

4-pp leaflet issued to give notice of the ‘Memorial Service’ in St George’s Street, Hart Street, Bloomsbury that was the culmination of the procession through the London streets on 14 June 1913. The actual funeral ceremony took place in Morpeth. The leaflet carries on its cover the portrait of EWD in graduate cap and gown and inside, on one page, a short article ‘Why did she stop the King’s Horse?’ [the answer given is ‘..to awake the conscience of the people, a human life would be needed as sacrifice’] and on the other ‘A Petition to the King’ [‘..she offered up her life as a PETITION TO THE KING’]. On the back page are the details of the Memorial Service and the list of hymns to be sung – including ‘Fight the Good Fight’ – 4 verses of which are printed. There is no publisher to the leaflet – ie it does not carry the WSPU imprimatur. I wonder who organised its printing? In most unusually fine condition

[14813]                                                                                                                                                         £500.00

  1. ISABEL SEYMOUR

three pages of pencilled notes for a speech. – perhaps given in the Town Hall at Inverness in late Nov/early Dec 1906, when she was on a Scottish speaking tour, or on 18 Nov 1907, when she returned to give another speech at Inverness.  The notes begin with the launch of the suffrage campaign in the 1860s before quickly moving on to the arrival of the WSPU and a discussion of its methods.  The notes are very sketchy – but give an idea of the points a WSPU speaker wanted to make. In good condition

[14848]                                                                                                                                             £200.00 SOLD

  1. ISABEL SEYMOUR

Notes,  minutes of a meeting, written in pencil on a very early version of WSPU notepaper -before the WSPU had set up its office at 4 Clement’s Inn –  with Sylvia Pankhurst as hon sec (at 45 Park Walk, Chelsea), Mrs Pethick Lawrence as hon treasurer (at 87 Clement’s Inn).and before Edith How Martyn had left to form Women’s Freedom League. In fact I think these are Isabel Seymour’s notes of the October 1906 WSPU conference.. The notes begin with mention of an ‘Adress [sic] from Mrs Pankhurst..then Reports from Mrs Martyn Mrs Lawrence..Reports from Organisers: Miss Billington [gives details of her activities], Miss Kenny [sic] ‘Came to London in Feb…She had £2 in her pocket to rouse London.’ Miss Gawthorpe worked in Liverpool 7 weeks ago…Mrs Baldock ‘1st branch iin Canning Town…branch at East Ham, Upton Park, Kensal Rise..hope to have a branch at Woolwich shortly. ‘Miss Pankhurst came up from Manchester..went to Middlesborough..Visited branch at Dundee. Went to East Fife.’ Isabel Seymour then noted ‘Constitution passed’. Future Policy ‘All bye-election are to be contested and local branches are to agitate and not to trust only to the Central branch for agitaters. Mrs Elmy suggested that all cases where women were in the police courts..experienced women should attend. Re Organisation ‘That branches should have local organisers if possible.’ 1 sheet – with notes on both sides – in good condition – unique

[14849]                                                                                                                                             £250.00 SOLD

  1. ISABEL SEYMOUR AS PRISON SECRETARY COMPILED THIS LIST OF PRISONERS

sentenced in March 1912 after taking part in the WSPU window-smashing campaign. 4-pages of prisoners’ names – their sentence – their home district and their release date. 4 cyclostyled sheets – in good condition

[14851]                                                                                                                                             £300.00 SOLD

  1. LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON

cyclostyled notes, perhaps produced by Isabel Seymour as the WSPU’s Prison Secretary, detailing the arrests and punishment meted out on Lady Constance both as herself and as,, in disguise, as Jane Warton. It’s not clear what was the purpose of the document – it may have been intended for newspaper editors

[14850]                                                                                                                                                         £100.00

  1. LYCEUM CLUB, LONDON

4-page application form for membership of the Lyceum Club, 128 Piccadilly. The club had been founded in 1904 for those who required ‘a substantial and dignified milieu where they could meet editors and other employers and discuss matters as men did in professional clubs: above all in surroundings thaat did not suggest poverty.’ On the front page the would-be member had to give names of her proposer and seconder and in the following three pages  give a ‘Detailed Statement of Qualification about her original work in the fields of literature, journalism, science, art, music, photography, and, if applicable, university qualification. Very good condition – unusual

[14854]                                                                                                                                             £150.00 SOLD

  1. MALE ELECTORS’ LEAGUE FOR WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE

Double-sided leaflet headed ‘The Law of England As it affects Men and Women. Parallel columns, headed ‘Men’ and ‘Women’,  demonstrate the inequality of the laws in all areas of life. The Male Electors’ League was the last of the suffrage societies set up by Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy – and her husband, Ben Elmy. Very poignantly – in her oh so idiosyncratic handwriting – Elizabeth Wolstenholme Elmy has written in ink across the top of the leaflet – ‘Kindly return this leaflet, it is the only copy I have left.’ Of course it was never returned, having presumably been sent to the WSPU at Clement’s Inn and swept up by Isabel Seymour. However, it has, after all, survived. Very good

[14842]                                                                                                                                             £100.00 SOLD

Item 103

  1. NATIONAL WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION GREETINGS AND GOOD WISHES FOR 1908

Good quality white card, printed in red and black – and headed ‘Votes for Women’. The printed verse is taken from a poem ‘Egypt’ by the Rev J.M. Neale, published in 1858. It was presumably chosen because of its words of exhortation, which include, ‘Go Forward!/Forward, when all seems lost, and the cause looks utterly hopeless;/Forward, when friends fall off, and enemies gather around thee;/ ‘etc In fine condition – extremely rare

[14866]                                                                                                                                                         £300.00

  1. PANKHURST, Christabel Broken WindowsWSPU

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 very good condition – with and c a few nicks

[14863]                                                                                                                                                  £150.00

 

  1. PHOTOGRAPH OF MRS EMMELINE PANKHURST

sittting at a desk – not the same as the one where she’s photographed in her Clement’s Inn office. Here she is turning three-quarters on to the camera, her costume probably dating from c 1907. Photograph  15cm wide x 20cm  high (6″ x 8″) is mounte. There is some slight white spotting on the surface of the image

[14935]                                                                                                                                               £30.00 SOLD

  1. PHOTOGRAPH OF EMMELINE PANKHURST ADDRESSING A MEETING IN A HALL.

In front of the platform is an array Union flags and other flags, suggesting that the meeting was being held during the First World War.  A later note (addressed to Stella Newsome in 1954) reveals that ‘Mrs Landsbury [sic] is the girl without Hat’. And, indeed, sitting there without a hat is a very pretty Minnie Lansbury, the only unhatted woman present. A man, looking very like George Lansbury, wearing a mayoral chain, is sitting in the chair next to the one Emmeline Pankhurst has vacated in order to address the meeting. So the event may have taken place in Poplar but if the mayor is Lansbury the date would have to be 1919, when he first became mayor. Room for some East End research here

[14887]                                                                                                                                               £30.00 SOLD

  1. QUESTIONS TO LLOYD GEORGE ASKED BY THE WOMEN’S SOCIAL AND POLITICAL UNION

11 questions concerning his behaviour re introducing a Government measure for Manhood Suffrage in 1913…Among the many other pertinent questions ‘Why do you expect us to accept your personal and unofficial advocacy of Woman Suffrage as a substitute for united and offiicial action on the part of the Government as a whole? In good condition – some creasing. 2-sided leaflet, printed in purple

[14858]                                                                                                                                                         £100.00

  1. ROYAL COURT THEATRE PROGRAMME ‘VOTES FOR WOMEN! A DRAMATIC TRACT IN THREE ACTS BY ELIZABETH ROBINS

4-page programme for one of the 8 matinée performances in April and May 1907 of this so-popular play, staged at the Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, under the joint management of John Vedrenne and Harley Granville Barker,. The programme includes the cast list, of course, and a notice that ‘At these Matinées, Ladies are earnestl requested to remove Hats, Bonnets, or any kind of head dress. This rule is framed for the benefit of the audience…’   Kate Frye (suffrage diarist) saw the play on 16 April and wrote in her diary ‘I loved the piece – it is quite fine – most cleverly written and the characters are so well drawn. Needless to say the acting was perfection as it generally is at the Court Theatre and the second act – the meeting in Trafalgar Square – ought to draw the whole of London. I was besides myself with excitement over it ‘  This is presumably Isabel Seymour’s own programme, folded into her pocket or handbag and then kept for the rest of her life.In good condition – exteremely scarce

[14864]                                                                                                                                                  £800.00

 

  1. SMYTH, Ethel Mrs Pankhurst’s Treatment in PrisonWSPU1912

WSPU leaflet no 94. Statement by Dr Ethel Smyth (in a letter to the editor of ‘The Times’) 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 then reprints the Reply by the Home Office, printed in ‘The Times’, 20 April [19112] and Dr Smyth’s Reply. 4-pp leaflet – in very good condition – a little creasing

[14862]                                                                                                                                             £250.00 SOLD

 

  1. ‘THE SPEAKERS’ CLASSES UNDER THE DIRECTION OF MISS ROSA LEO

will be resumed on Friday the 26th inst at 4 Clement’s Inn, at 7.45 sharp – short cyclostyled notice – to which Winfred Mayo has added a comment ‘Will you enlare on this & say how necessaryy it is for us to get new speakers etc.’ A glimpse behind the WSPU scenes. 1 sheet – a little creased

[14852]                                                                                                                                                         £100.00

  1. WSPU CYCLOSTYLED LETTER – RE BAIL COMMITTEE

presumably written by Isabel Seymour when she was the WSPU’s Prison Secretary. It is a circular letter telling the recipients ‘I am reforming the Bail Committee and I should be very grateful to you if you would serve on it again. Last time, thanks to your Committee, we were relieved of all trouble and responsibility with regard to Bail. I know that it involves a great deal of tiime and trouble, but it is one of the most necessary and useful ways of helping the Union  at a time when many women are giving up their liberty and health for the Cause….etc.  Single sheet – creased and nicked around the edges. Extremely scarce

[14846]                                                                                                                                             £150.00 SOLD

  1. WSPU TORTURE IN AN ENGLISH PRISON

4-page pamphlet (no 90) – setting out the treatment meted out to William Ball ‘a working man and a trade unionist who has been cruelly victimised by the Government for making a political protest.’ Includes a photograph of William Ball, who, as a result of his treatment in Pentonville, was certified insane and sent ti Colney Hatch Asylum. In good condition – a little creased

[14860]                                                                                                                                             £200.00 SOLD

  1. WSPU VOTES FOR WOMEN WHAT CONSERVATIVE PRIME MINISTERS HAVE SAID

Large flyer printed in purple, white and green – with Sylvia Pankhurst’s ‘angel of freedom’ device. The quotes are from Lord Beaconsfield [Disraeli in 1873], the Marquess of Salisbury in  1888 and 1896 and the Right Hon A.J. Balfour 1892. All the comments were in support of women’s enfranchisement, so I assume the leaflet was aimed at Conservative voters. No date – but post-1908. In fair condition – some creasiing and right edgee is chipped with one slight tear into text [with no loss]

[14838]                                                                                                                                                         £100.00

 

Suffrage Postcards – Real Photographic

 

  1. BOURNEMOUTH CENTENARY CARNIVAL – SUFFRAGETTES

Bournemouth held a Carnival celebrating 100 years of its existence on July 1910. It was an extravagant affair with numerous ‘grotesque cars’ taking part. Among them was one devoted to that most topical of figures, the suffragette. The ‘Western Daily Press’, 8 July 1910, commented on the ‘bevy of suffragettes with enormously swollen heads’ and here they are, photographed on the day.on a postcard published by Harvey Barton & Son Ltd, Bristol. Fine, unposted

[14747]                                                                                                                                                            £55.00

  1. DR THEKLA HULTIN

The Finnish MP is photographed at her desk. She sent the card from Helsingfors (Helsinki) on 12 April 1917 to Mrs Louisa Thompson-Price of the Women’s Freedom League. From the message on the reverse it would appear that the two women shared a birthday ‘I wish you all the best (including the vote) in the following 50 years…’ Very good – posted – very unusual

[13168]                                                                                                                                             £120.00 SOLD

  1. LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON

real photographic postcard- issued by the ‘Women’s Social and Political Union’. She is sitting at her desk looking at a book.  Glossy photograph by Lafayette. This card was purchased in the International Suffrage Shop at 15 Adam St, just off the Strand and was sent to France by Helene Putz, who lived at 10a Belsize Parade, Haverstock Hill, London NW. The 1911 census finds her living there, aged 60, and working as a foreign correspondent – dealing with patent medicines. The message, written in French, tells the recipient that Lady Con is another of the important women working ‘pour la franchise’.

[14694]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. 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 right hand edge of the card

[13971]                                                                                                                                                         £190.00

  1. MISS GLADICE KEEVIL

Portrait photograph of Gladys Keevil ‘National Women’s Social and Political Union, 4 Clement’s Inn, WC’. The photographer was Lena Connell, who, in an interview in the Women’s Freedom League paper, ‘The Vote’, dated her involvement with the suffrage movement to this commission – photographing Gladice Keevil soon after her release from prison in 1908. Gladice was considered one of the prettiest of the WSPU organisers. You can read about her in my ‘Reference Guide’.  In fine conition – unposted. Unusual

[14918]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. MRS PANKHURST

Full-lenth portrait by F. Kehrhahn of Bexleyheath.- captioned ‘Mrs Pankhurst’ She is wearing a WSPU badge and holds a dangling lorngnette in one hand while the other rests on an open book, is wearing a WSPU badge. Very good – unposted

[14536]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. 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.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14932]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. 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

[13686]                                                                                                                                                            £95.00

  1. 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

[13685]                                                                                                                                                            £95.00

  1. 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

[13663]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. CHRISTABEL PANKHURST

Head and shoulders photographic portrait – wearing a square-necked dress and with her hair up in her characteristic knot. Captioned ‘Miss Christabel Pankhurst. The National Women’s Social and Political Union. 4 Clement’s Inn, WC’. Published by Sandle Bros. Fine – unposted

[14572]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. CHRISTABEL PANKHURST

photographed in the flower-bedecked straw bonnet given to her by Frederick Pethick Lawrence. The bonnet trails long ribbon ties – very romantic. I always thought this choice of bonnet very interesting. Christabel certainly looks very young and pretty in it – but the look in her eyes is pretty steely. Pethick Lawrence selected this image to be used as the frontispiece for Christabel’s posthumous autobiography, ‘Unshackled’. I think the image dates from 1909.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14617]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. COUNTESS RUSSELL

real photographic postcard – headed ‘Votes for Women’ of ‘Countess Russell Member of National Executive Committee Women’s Freedom League’. The card depicts Mollie Russell photographed in a studio setting.. She was the second wife of Frank Russell, 2nd Earl Russell, the elder brother of Bertrand. Mollie was described by George Santyana as ‘a fat, florid Irishwoman, with black curls, friendly manners and emotional opinions: a political agitator and reformer.’ The photograph in no way belies the physical description. She and Russell were divorced in 1915.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14612]                                                                                                                                                            £50.00

  1. EDITH CRAIG

photographed by Lena Connell, published at The Suffrage Shop, 31 Bedford Street (therefore the card dates from c 1910 – before its removal in 1911 south of the Strand).A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted Fine – unposted

[14584]                                                                                                                                             £180.00 SOLD

  1. EMMELINE PETHICK LAWRENCE

Captioned ‘Mrs Pethick Lawrence. The National Women’s Social and Political Union, 4 Clements Inn, WC’ – she is wearing a coat with a heavy fur collar and lapels and is standing with her hands in her pockets. Published by Sandle Bros. A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. In fine condition – unposted

[14571]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. EMMELINE PETHICK LAWRENCE

The photo is captioned ‘Mrs Pethick Lawrence Joint Editor of ‘Votes for Women’, Honorary Treasurer, National Women’s Social and Political Union. 4 Clement’s Inn.’ The photographer, F. Kehrhahn, has an entry in my ‘Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists’. Fine – unposted

[14574]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. JOHN STUART MILL PIONEER OF WOMEN’S FREEDOM

real photographic postcard showing John Stuart Mill in profile. The heading is ‘Votes for Women’. The card was published by the Women’s Freedom League from 1 Robert Street, Adelphi..  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14645]                                                                                                                                               £80.00 SOLD

  1. LADY CONSTANCE LYTTON

real photographic postcard- issued by the ‘Women’s Social and Political Union’. She is sitting at her desk looking at a book.  Glossy photograph by Lafayette.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14603]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. MISS ALISON NEILANS WFL

Alison Neilans was an organizer for the Women’s Freedom League. In this photograph she is wearing the WFL’s Holloway badge. She served several terms of imprisonment and during one in 1909 went on hunger strike. Issued by the Women’s Freedom League, this is a very scarce card.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14561]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MISS CHRISTABEL PANKHURST, LLB

Captioned ‘National Union of Women’s Social and Political Union, 4 Clement’s Inn, WC’. She is wearing a brooch that may have been designed by   C.R. Ashbee.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14599]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. MISS CICELY HAMILTON

‘Member of the Executive Committee of the Women’s Freedom League, 1 Robert St, Adelphi, London WC’. The photograph is by Elliot and Fry – published by the London Council of the Women’s Freedom League.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14600]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MISS CICELY HAMILTON

member of the National Executive Committee, WFL. office 18 Buckingham Street, Strand, London. 30 Gordon Street, Glasgow.’ An early card – published by the Women’s Freedom League not long after their break with the WSPU and before they moved into their Robert Street office. Cicely Hamilton faces straight on to the camera.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14633]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MISS ELLEN TERRY

photographed by the Rotary Photograaph Co. Not exactly a ‘suffrage postcard’ but she was, of course, a supporter and this postcard is from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14611]                                                                                                                                                            £30.00

  1. MISS MARGUERITE SIDLEY

Photograph by Foulsham and Banfield, headed ‘Votes for Women’ and captioned ‘Women’s Freedom League’ 1 Robert St, Adelphi, London W.C.,’ She wears, I think, the WFL ‘Holloway’ badge at ther throat and, certainly, a WFL flag brooch on her bosom. She had joined the WSPU in London in 1907, working for some time in the London office and then as a peripatetic organizer  before leaving the WSPU to do the same kind of work for the Women’s Freedom League.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – scarce – unposted

[14643]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MISS SARAH BENETT

photographed by Lena Connell. In this studio photograph Sarah Benett is wearing her WFL Holloway brooch; she was for a time the WFL treasurer. She was also a member of the WSPU and of the Tax Resistance League. The card was published by the WFL and is from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.

[14631]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. 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.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14646]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS AMY SANDERSON

Women’s Freedom League, 1 Robert Street, Adelphi, London WC. She had been a member of the WSPU, and, as such had endured one term of :imprisonment, before helping to found the WFL in 1907. She is, I think, wearing her  WFL Holloway brooch in the photograph. Card, published by WFL, is from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson..Fine – unusual – unposted

[14636]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS AMY SANDERSON

Headed ‘Women’s Freedom League’ and captioned: ‘Offices 18 Buckingham St, Strand, London 30 Gordon St, Glasgow.’ She is sitting in a carved armchair – wearing her WFL ‘Holloway’ brooch.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.. Fine – unposted

[14650]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS BORRMANN WELLS WFL

Headed ‘Votes for Women’ and captioned ‘Women’s Freedom League. Offices: 1 Robert Street, Adelphi, London WC’. Bettina Borrmann Wells was born in Bavaria c 1875 and in 1900 married an Englishman, Clement Wells. She joined the WSPU in 1906- but by 1908 had left to join the WFL. She was imprisoned for 3 weeks in Oct 1908 after demonstrating at Westminster.  The Hodgson Collection contains a (different) postcard from Bettina Borrmann Wells to ‘Miss Hodgson’ asking for help with ‘special work’, which may be the picketing  She later spent much of her life in the US. A striking photo- she’s rather magnificently dressed.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. In fine condition -unusual –  unposted

[14563]                                                                                                                                             £180.00 SOLD

  1. MRS BORRMANN WELLS WFL

Headed ‘Votes for Women’ and captioned ‘Mrs Borrmann Wells. A  Suffragette at Work in Prison’. Women’s Freedom League. 1 Robert Street, Adelphi, London WC. Here Bettina Borrmann Wells is dressed in prison clothes and is washing the floor of her ‘prison cell’- with bucket and cloth to hand. One in the series of cards produced by the WFL to show their leading members in day-to-day activities. This was probably produced after Mrs Borrmann Wells had been imprisoned in Oct 1908.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. In fine condition – unusual

[14564]                                                                                                                                             £180.00 SOLD

  1. MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD

photographed in profile  -seated. A psotcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14580]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

  1. MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD

studio photograph. She is seated and facing the camera, looking wry. No photographer, publisher or suffrage affiliation given. A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14591]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

  1. MRS CHARLOTTE DESPARD

photographed – and the card published – by Mrs Albert Broom. A lovely photograph – Mrs D is sitting, three-quarters on (the National Portrait Gallery holds a copy of this postcard). A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Most unusual. Fine – unposted

[14596]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS COBDEN SANDERSON WFL

Mrs Cobden Sanderson is shown, head and shoulders, in profile on this most unusual card. The photo is by Max Parker and the caption is: ‘Mrs Cobden Sanderson. Women’s Freedom League’. I would imagine that this is quite an early card -c 1908. Fine – unposted

[14568]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS DESPARD

photographed by Alice Barker of Kentish Town Road and published by the Women’s Freedom League. A head and shoulders portrait in profile. A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14592]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. MRS DESPARD

photographed by M.P. Co (Merchant’s Portrait Co). ‘President, The Women’s Freedom League, 1 Robert Street, Adelphi, London W.C.). She is sitting in an armless chair – with her left arm leaning on a table.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14616]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

  1. MRS DESPARD

photographed by M.P. Co – on the same occasion as #14616 was taken – but in this she is standing – a full-length portrait – with her black mantilla and black lace fichu fully displayed. ‘President, The Women’s Freedom League’. A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14621]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

  1. MRS DESPARD

head and shoulders portrait by Merchants Portrait Co. She is facing straight at the camera and would appear to be wearing a length of WFL ribbon at her neck. Published by the WFL.   A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14632]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. MRS E. HOW-MARTYN

photographed by M.P.Co (Merchant’s Portrait Co) as ‘Hon. Sec Women’s Freedom League’. It seems to me that for this photograph she wearing the ‘Holloway’ badges issued to erstwhile prisoners by both the WSPU and the WFL.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14609]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS EDITH HOW-MARTYN

Hon Sec Women’s Freedom League, ARCS, BSc – photographic postcard headed ‘Votes for Women’. Photographed by Ridsdale Cleare of Lower Clapton Road. A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14594]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS EMMELINE PANKHURST

is standiing on the pavement – under a striped awning – about to enter a cab. This photograph was taken on same occasion as #14619 – and Mrs Pethick Lawrence and Christabel have probably preceded her into the cab. I have the idea that they have just left a suffrage meeting – perhaps at the Queen’s Hall.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14620]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS EMMELINE PANKHURST

no photographer or publisher given. She sites in a high-backed chair wearing a dress with heavily embroidered sleeves and bodice. Her right hand rests on her cheek.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14640]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. MRS MARION HOLMES

headed ‘Votes for Women’ – captioned ‘Women’s Freedom League’ – she is wearing her WFL ‘prisoner’s badge’ and a WFL ‘flag badge’.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.  Very good – unposted – scarce

[14598]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS PANKHURST

‘Founder and Hon sec, National Women’s Social and Political Union, 4, Clement’s Inn, Strand, WC’ – photograph of Mrs Pankhurst by Schmidt, Manchester – probably dating from c 1908- certainly after the Women’s Freedom League broke away from the WSPU in the autumn of 1907.  Mrs P may be wearing a circular ‘Votes for Women’-type badge – but it is pale in colour and merges into her embroidered blouse. The card is captioned ‘Votes for Women’. Fine- unusual – unposted

[14575]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

  1. MRS PANKHURST

photographed by Lena Connell. An unusual card – it isn’t captioned ‘Votes for Women’ aand makes no mention of the WSPU. Mrs Pankhurst is seated, three-quarters on to the camera, with her hands clasped in front of  her. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen this card before. It was included in the Postcard Album compiled by Edith, Grace and Florence Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14579]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS PANKHURST

photographed by Lena Connell. An unusual card – it isn’t captioned ‘Votes for Women’ aand makes no mention of the WSPU – however  Mrs Pankhurst, who is seated, three-quarters on to the camera, with her hands clasped in front of  her, is wearing what looks like a WSPU badge. I’m not sure that I’ve ever seen this card before. It was included in the Postcard Album compiled by Edith, Grace and Florence Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14589]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. MRS PANKHURST

photograph by Jacolette.  Her ‘Holloway Prison’ brooch is pinned to her artistic blouse. A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14595]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

  1. MRS PANKHURST

‘National Women’s Social and Political Union, 4, Clement’s Inn, Strand, WC’ – photograph of Mrs Pankhurst by Schmidt, Manchester – probably dating from c 1908- certainly after the Women’s Freedom League broke away from the WSPU in the autumn of 1907.  Mrs P may be wearing a circular ‘Votes for Women’-type badge – but it is pale in colour and merges into her embroidered blouse. The card is captioned ‘Votes for Women’.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson., Fine- unusual – unposted

[14637]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. 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.’  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson, Fine- unposted

[14605]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. MRS T BILLINGTON-GREIG WFL

A lovely photographic head and shoulders portrait of her – captioned ‘Mrs T Billington-Greig Hon Organising Sec Women’s Freedom League 1 Robert St, London WC’. The photo is by Brinkley and Son, Glasgow. Fine – unposted – unusual

[14573]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. 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.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14570]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. PHILIP SNOWDEN

photographed by Lena Connell, sold by the Suffrage Shop (‘temporary offices, 31 Bedford St, Strand, WC’). A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14593]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. REV R.J CAMPBELL

published in Rotary Photographic Series. A rather angelic-looking muscular Christian – and fervent supporter of women’s suffrage. He spoke out against the White Slave Trade.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.. Fine – unposted

[14652]                                                                                                                                                            £65.00

  1. WOMEN’S FREEDOM LEAGUE Mrs DESPARD AND MRS COBDEN SANDERSON WAITING FOR MR ASQUITHWFL

‘Arrested August 19th, 1909’ They are shown wating outside 10 Downing Street as part of the campaign to picket the Prime Minister in a vain attempt to force him to accept a petition. Fine condition – scarce – unposted

[14567]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. WOMEN’S FREEDOM LEAGUE Suffragettes At Home (1) Mrs Snow Makes PastryWFLno date (1910)

The first in the series of ironic postcards published by the WFL – addressing the charge that suffragettes were necessarily ‘unwomanly’. Here one of the WFL activists, Mrs Snow, is photographed, in her pinny, in her kitchen rolling out pastry. On the table are all the accoutrements – flour bin, scales, measuring jug, bowl. Behind her is a dresser displaying a fine array of china – looks rather like Mason’s ironstone – and we can see that she still cooks on a range – the fire glows and a saucepan is smimmering on the hot plate.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.. In fine condition – unposted

[14641]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. WOMEN’S FREEDOM LEAGUE Suffragettes At Home (4) Alison Neilans Cleans The StoveWFL1910

Unlike Mrs Snow (# 14641), Alison Neilans, a modern young woman, cooks on a gas stove. Here she is to be seen, sleeves rolled up, tackling the chore with a smile.   A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.. Fine – unposted

[14638]                                                                                                                                                         £180.00

  1. WOMEN’S FREEDOM LEAGUE Suffragettes At Home (7) Mrs Joseph McCabe Bathing Her BabyWFL1910

Mrs Joseph McCabe – Beatrice McCabe – is photographed with baby – Ernest, as it happens, born 1909 – on her lap, wrapped  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson.in a large towel. Beside them is the baby bath. Beatrice married Joseph McCabe – ex-Catholic priest turned fervent aetheist – in Leicester in 1899 when she was 18. They had at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. Fine – unposted

[14639]                                                                                                                                                  £180 SOLD

 

  1. [1909 21 JUNE] REAL PHOTOGRAPHIC POSTCARD OF THE ADVERTISING HOARDING THAT WAS USED TO PUBLICISE ‘WOMAN’S SUNDAY’

The card was photographed and published by F. Kehrhahn & Co, supporters of the WSPU. I’ve seen a photograph of the poster actually on an advertisiing hoarding, but here it is used, I imagine, as a publicity card for the demonstration. The poster shows photographs of the main 20 – recognisable – speakers and gives detaiils of the arrangements for the demonstration. In very good condition though a little faded- unposted – very scarce

[14892]                                                                                                                                                         £140.00

 

Suffrage Artists’ Cards

 

  1. 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

[14024]                                                                                                                                                            £85.00

  1. THE CRY OF THE CHILDREN

Postcard by C. Hedley Charlton, printed and published by the Artists’ Suffrage League. For information on C(harlotte) Hedley Charlton see my ‘Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists.A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14655]                                                                                                                                                         £120.00

  1. THE MODERN SHIRLEY

is the caption to a card by Isabel Pocock. She wears a ‘Votes for Women’ sash and holds a banner proclaiming ‘Political Power’. The reference in the caption is, of course, to Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Shirley;. Underneath the image Mr Sympson (a character from ‘Shirley’) in the guise of John Bull says ‘Are you a young lady?’

Shirley (Girl of the Period) ‘I am a thousand times better – I am an honest woman and as such I will be treated.’ The card was published by the Suffrage Atelier c 1909.  A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted – scarce

[14654]                                                                                                                                                         £150.00

 

Suffrage Postcards: Commmercial Comic

 

  1. 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

[13603]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. 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

[13649]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. I PROTEST AGAINST MAN-MADE LAWS

The suffragette is in the dock. Artist is Arthur Moreland; publisher C.W. Faulkner. Very good – unposted

[13648]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. I’M A SUFFERYET

Battered cat…showing that here was no limit to how the idea/word’suffragette’ could be interpreted by commercial postcards artist in the pre-1914 period. Good condition – unposted

[14893]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. ‘IT’S EQUAL RIGHTS- IT’S EQUAL PAY

They Hav’nt no time for me to-day’ says Cupid. Mabel Lucie Atwell is the artist – of this Valentine’s Day card. I would date it to the 1920s – card is unposted – published by Valentine’s. Fine condition

[14530]                                                                                                                                               £10.00 SOLD

  1. 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

[13650]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. 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

[13999]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. 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

[14096]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. 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

[14933]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. THE SIMPLE LIFE

A Wet Day in Camp – a stream runs through the sodden tent – as the suffragette pair sit on fence reading ‘Why we women want votes’. One in a series pub by C.W. Faulkner.Good – a little foxing around the margins not affecting the image. The card is typewritten from Rhodes on 10 Oct 1913 and the jokey message is congratulatng the recipient on impending nuptials. But how odd to take a suffragette card such as this to Rhodes with you. I suppose it’s just possible ‘Rhodes’ could have been a house name – but I’m not convinced. It must have been sent inside an envelope as their is no postmark

[14691]                                                                                                                                                            £30.00

  1. 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

[13620]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. THE SUFFRAGETTE’S VISION

Mrs Speaker sits enthroned – attended by a woman bearing the mace. During the years of the suffrage campaign opponents, while appalled at the thought that if women were given the vote there might one day be women members in the House of Commons, felt that the idea of a woman Speaker was just too ridiculous to contemplate. Good  – posted to ‘Miss Horning, Waterloo House, Southchurcch Avenue, Southend-on-Sea’ who my researches reveal as ‘Miss Ethel Horning’, the daughter of a grocer. I think the card was posted in 1910 (by ‘Elsie’, who lived in Enfield) when she would have been c 22 years old.

[14449]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. 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

[13808]                                                                                                                                                            £38.00

  1. 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

[13605]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. 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.

[13606]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. 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

[13604]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. 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

[13813]                                                                                                                                                            £38.00

  1. 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

[13809]                                                                                                                                                            £38.00

  1. 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

[13636]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. ‘WHERE ARE YOU GOING TO, MY PRETTY MAID?’

‘I’m going a-voting Sir,’ she saud. ‘And who shall you vote for, my pretty?’ ‘That Duck in plus fours, kind sir’, she said’. The Flapper Vote. Young lady in short skirt and cloche hat has singled out the best-looking of the candidates as her choice. The artist is Donald McGill. Unposted – but probably dates from 1928 – around the time of the election at which women under 30 could vote for the first time. Very good

[14531]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. THIS IS ‘THE HOUSE’ THAT MAN BUILT

And this is the Minister weary and worn/Who treated the Suffragette with scorn,/Who wanted a Vote, and (a saying to quote),/ Dared him to tread on the tail of the coat/If the bold Suffragette determined to get,/Into ‘THE HOUSE’ that man built.’ The Minister is surrounded by elegant suffragettes – with the House of Commons in the background. A postcard from the Postcard Album compiled by Women’s Freedom League members Edith, Florence and Grace Hodgson. Fine – unposted

[14657]                                                                                                                                                         £+55.00

 

General Non-fiction

 

  1. REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONERS FROM CONNECTICUTOF THE COLUMBIAN EXHIBITION OF 1893 AT CHICAGOCase, Lockwood and Brainard Co1898

Fine – many photographs

[5485]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. AHMED, Leila Women and Gender in IslamYale University Press1992

Fine in d/w

[10512]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. ALEXANDER, Sally Women’s Work in 19th-century London:a study of the years 1820-50Journeyman Press1983

First published in ‘The Rights and Wrongs of Women’ (ed Mitchell and Oakley, 1976). Soft covers – fine

[12147]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. ALLEN, Jennifer (ed) Lesbian Philosophies and CulturesState University of New York Press1990

Paper covers – very good

[5164]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. ALLSOPP, Anne The Education and Employment of Girls in Luton, 1874-1924:widening opportunities and lost freedomsBoydell Press/Bedfordshire Historical Record Society2005

Examines the education of Luton girls and its relationship with employment opportunities. Mint in d/w

[10963]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. ANDREWS, Maggie The Acceptable Face of Feminism:the Women’s Institute as a social movementLawrence & Wishart1997

Soft covers – mint

[9533]                                                                                                                                                                £9.00

  1. Anon The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to ShoppingRetail Trading Standards Associationno date [1935]

‘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

[13564]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. ANON You And I Cookery Book:an effort to meet a need in the cheapest formBirling Publishing Cono 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

[13577]                                                                                                                                                              £2.00

  1. BADRAN, Margot And COOKE, Miriam (eds) Opening the Gates:a century of Arab feminist writingVirago1990

drawn from personal letters, memoirs, speeches, fiction and poetry. Soft covers – fine

[11692]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. BARRATT, Alexandra (ed) Women’s Writing in Middle EnglishLongman1992

In Longmans Annotated Texts series. Soft covers – fine

[11954]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. BASCH, Françoise Relative Creatures:Victorian women in society and the novelSchocken Books1974

Very good

[13467]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. BEER, Janet Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton and Charlotte Perkins Gilman:studies in short fictionPalgrave1997 r/p

Focusses on a wide range of short fiction by these three women writers. Hardovers – fine

[11769]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. BENJAMIN, Marina (ed) Science and Sensibility:gender and scientific enquiry 1780-1945Basil Blackwell1994

An interesting collection of essays, Soft covers – mint

[11668]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. BERNAU, Anke Virgins;a cultural historyGranta2007

Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11911]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. BERRY, Mrs Edward And MICHAELIS, Madame (eds) 135 Kindergarten Songs and GamesCharles and Dible, no date[1881]

‘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

[9035]                                                                                                                                                              £48.00

  1. BLAIR, Kirstie Form & Faith in Victorian Poetry & ReligionOUP2012

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)

[13693]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. BLAKELEY, Georgina and BRYSON, Valerie (eds) The Impact of Feminism on Political Concepts and DebatesManchester University Press2007

Soft covers – mint

[11549]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. BLOCH, R. Howard Medieval Misogyny and the Invention of Western Romantic LoveUniversity of Chicago Press1991

Soft covers – fine

[11978]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. BLOOM, Stanley The Launderette:a historyDuckworth1988

Soft covers – very good

[10201]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. BLUM, Deborah Ghost HuntersCentury2006

Study of the Society for Psychical Research, founded in 1882. Soft covers – mint

[9861]                                                                                                                                                    £4.00 SOLD

  1. BOARD OF EDUCATION Special Reports on Educational Subjects vol 15HMSO1905

‘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.

[12182]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. Boucé, Paul-Gabriel (ed) Sexuality in 18th-century BritainManchester University Press1982

Includes essays by Roy Porter, Ruth Perry and Pat Rogers – among others. Very good in d/w

[11034]                                                                                                                                                            £24.00

  1. BROOKE, Christopher The Medieval Idea of MarriageOUP1989

Fine in fine d/w

[11985]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. BRUMBERG, Joan Jacobs Fasting Girls:the history of anorexia nervosaVintage2000

Soft covers – fine

[11925]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. BULLEY, A. Amy and WHITLEY, Margaret Women’s WorkMethuen1894

With a preface by Lady Dilke. In the ‘Social Questions of To-day’ series. Very good in original cloth – scarce

[12108]                                                                                                                                               £55.00 SOLD

  1. BURMAN, Sandra (ed) Fit Work for WomenSt Martin’s Press (NY)1979

Presents a collection of papers which discuss the origins of the domestic ideal and its effects on activities usually undertaken by women. Fine in d/w

[12111]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. BYRNE, Katherine Tuberculosis and the Victorian Literary ImaginationCUP2010

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)

[13430]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. CADBURY, Edward, MATHESON, M. Cecile and SHANN, George Women’s Work and Wages:a phase of life in an industrial cityUniversity of Chicago Press1907

US edition of this study of women’s work in Birmingham. Good – inner hinge a little loose

[8076]                                                                                                                                                              £50.00

  1. CAIRNES, J.E. Political EssaysMacmillan1873

The Irish economist John Cairnes had long been a friend of Henry Fawcett, both part of the Blackheath circle centring on John Stuart Mill. When Millicent Fawcett (aged 23) published her ‘Political Economy for Beginners’ in 1870 Cairnes took it seriously, reviewed it and wrote to her ‘I have just finished my study of your useful little book and send you by this post my notes upon it. You will find I have some serious controversies with you.’ Three years later, when he published ‘Political Essays’, he sent Millicent a copy – inscribing it ‘MG Fawcett from the author’. A ‘From the Author’ slip has survived the handling of the last 140 years – and Millicent Fawcett has added her delightful bookplate to the front pastedown. However, an inquisitive inspection reveals that not all the pages are cut. Latterly the book was in the library of O.R. McGregor (Professor Lord McGregor of Durris) author of ‘Divorce in England’ which had, for its time, 1957, an excellent bibliography – revealing the author’s wide interest in ‘women’s history’. The front board is detached -. otherwise a good copy – and a very interesting association cop

[11785]                                                                                                                                                         £150.00

  1. CALLEN, Anthea Angel in the Studio:women in the arts and crafts movement 1870-1914Astragal Books1979

Widely researched and beautifully illustrated. Fine in d/w

[14420]                                                                                                                                               £35.00 SOLD

  1. CALVERTON, V.F. and SCHMALHAUSEN, S.D. (eds) Sex in CivilsationMacaulay 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

[12650]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. CHASE, Ellen Tenant Friends in Old DeptfordWilliams and Norgate1929

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

[13804]                                                                                                                                                            £85.00

  1. CHENEY, Paul, MACKAY, Fiona and McALLISTER, Laura Women, Politics and Constitutional Change:the first years of the National Assembly for WalesUniversity of Wales Press2007

Soft covers – mint

[11580]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. CLARK, Margaret Homecraft:a guide to the modern home and familyRoutledge, 3rd ed1978 (r/p)

The author was senior adviser for Home Economics for Derbyshire. The book was a textbook, suitable for school Home Economics courses. First published in 1966. Soft covers – very good

[10288]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. CLARKE, Norma The Rise and Fall of the Woman of LettersPimlico2004

Soft covers – fine

[11882]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. CLARKE, Patricia The Governesses:letters from the colonies 1862-1882Hutchinson1985

Fine in fine d/w

[12463]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. COHEN, Monica Professional Domesticity in the Victorian Novel:women, work and homeCUP1998

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

[12419]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. CONDITIONS: FIVE The Black Women’s Issue1979

Co-edited by Lorraine Bethel and Barbara Smith. Paper covers – good

[2875]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. CRAIG, Elizabeth HousekeepingCollins1947

With many photographs. In ‘Elizabeth Craig’s Household Library’ series. Good in torn d/w

[13047]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. CRAWFORD, Elizabeth Enterprising Women:the Garretts and their circleFrancis Boutle2009 (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

[14506]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. CUNNINGTON, C. Willett Feminine Attitudes in the Nineteenth CenturyWilliam Heinemann1935

Good

[2558]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. DAVIS, Natalie Zemon Society and Culture in Early Modern FrancePolity Press1998 (r/p)

Soft covers – fine

[11944]                                                                                                                                                            £14.00

  1. DAVISON, Peter The Fading Smile:poets in Boston from Robert Lowell to Sylvia PlathW.W. Norton1994

Soft covers – fine

[12031]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. DEAN-JONES, Lesley Ann Women’s Bodies in Classical Greek ScienceOUP1996

Soft covers – fine

[11865]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. DEMOOR, Marysa Their Fair Share:women, power and criticism in the ‘Athenaeum’, from Millicent Garrett Fawcett to Katherine Mansfield, 1870-1920Ashgate2000

Mint

[11667]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. DINNERSTEIN, Dorothy The Rocking of the Cradle and the Ruling of the WorldWomen’s Press1987

Soft covers – fine

[11937]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. DINSHAW, Carolyn and WALLACE, David (eds) The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Women’s WritingCUP2003

Soft covers – fine

[11857]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. DON VANN, J. and VANARSDEL, Rosemary T. (eds) Periodicals of Queen Victoria’s Empire:an explorationUniversity of Toronto Press1996

Fine in fine d/w

[9600]                                                                                                                                                              £18.00

  1. DOODY, Margaret Anne The True Story of the NovelFontana1998

Aims to prove that the novel is an ancient form – with a continuous history of 2000 years. Soft covers – very good

[10562]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. DOYLE, Mark Fighting like the Devil for the sake of God:Protestants, Catholics and the origins of violence in Victorian BelfastManchester University Press2009

Soft covers – mint

[11693]                                                                                                                                                            £13.00

  1. DUBY, Georges Medieval Marriage:two models from 12th-century FranceJohn Hopkins University Press1991 (r/p)

Soft covers – fine

[11984]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. DUBY, Georges Women of the Twelfth Century:vol 1: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Six OthersPolity Press1997

Soft covers – fine

[11860]                                                                                                                                                            +£7.00

  1. DYHOUSE, Carol Feminism and the Family in England 1880-1939Basil Blackwell1989

Soft covers – very good

[11224]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. ELLIS, Mrs Sarah Stickney The Select WorksHenry 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

[11234]                                                                                                                                                            £48.00

  1. EVERGATES, Theodore (ed) Aristocratic Women in Medieval FranceUniversity of Pennsylvania Press1999

Soft covers – very good

[11979]                                                                                                                                                            £17.00

  1. FINDLAY, J.J. (ed) The Young Wage-Earner and the Problem of His Education:essays and reportsSigwick and Jackson1918

For ‘His Education’ read also ‘Hers’. The essays include: ‘From Home Life to Industrial Life: with special reference to adolescent girls, by Ja+mes 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

[8026]                                                                                                                                                    £25.00

FLESHER, Caroline McCracken The Doctor Dissected:a cultural autopsy of the Burke & Hare murders  OUP2012

Canvasses a wide range of media – from contemporary newspaper accounts and private correspondenc to Japanese comic books and videogames to analyse the afterlife of the Burke and Hare murders and consider its singular place in Scottish history. Mint in d/w (pub price £41.99)

[13434]                                                                                                                                                            £28.00

  1. FREVERT, Ute Women in German History:from bourgeois emancipation to sexual liberationBerg1989

Fine in d/w

[5066]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. FRYE, Susan And ROBERTSON, Karen (Eds) Maids and Mistresses, Cousins and Queens:women’s alliances in early modern EnglandOUP1999

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

[7435]                                                                                                                                                              £28.00

  1. FULLER, Sophie The Pandora Book of Women ComposersPandora1994

Fine in d/w

[8979]                                                                                                                                                 £15.00 SOLD

  1. GILBERT, Sandra And GUBAR, Susan No Man’s Land:the place of the woman writer in the twentieth centuryYale University Press1994

Vol 3 – ‘Letters From the Front’.477pp –  mint in d/w

[8899]                                                                                                                                                 £25.00 SOLD

  1. GLUCK, Sherna Berger and PATAI, Daphne (eds) Women’s Words:the practice of oral historyRoutledge1991

Explores the theoretical, methodological, and practical problems that arise when women utilize oral history as a tool of feminist scholarship. Hardback – fine in d/w

[11532]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. GUBAR, Marah Artful Dodgers:reconceiving the golden age of children’s literatureOUP2009

Mint in d/w (pub price £34.99)

[11702]                                                                                                                                                            £28.00

  1. HASLETT, Caroline Teach Yourself Household ElectricityEnglish Universities Press, 3rd ed1953

‘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

[14121]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. HASLETT, Caroline (ed) The Electrical Handbook For WomenThe English Universities Press Ltd, 3rd ed1939

Packed with information – diagrams and photographs. Very good in chipped d/w

[14122]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. HASTE, Cate Rules of Desire:sex in Britain: World War 1 to the presentPimlico1992

Soft covers – very good

[10519]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. HAYS, H.R. The Dangerous Sex:they myth of feminine evilMethuen1966

Good in chipped d/w

[10380]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. HELSINGER, Elizabeth Et Al (eds) The Woman Question:Social Issues, 1837-1883Manchester University Press1983

Volume II of ‘The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883’. Fine

[12150]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. HENNEY, E. And BYETT, J.D. Modern Home LaundryworkDent, new, revised ed1965

‘The most authoritative book of its kind available to teachers, students and housewives.’ Good in chipped d/w

[10225]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. HESSELGRAVE, Ruth Avaline Lady Miller and the Batheaston Literary CircleYale University Press1927

An 18th-century Bath literary salon. Lady Miller was the first English woman to describe her travels in Italy. Fine

[3020]                                                                                                                                                              £55.00

  1. HILDEGARD OF BINGEN Selected WritingsPenguin2001

With introduction and notes by Mark Atherton. Soft covers – fine

[11853]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. HILL, Georgiana Women in English Life:from mediaeval to modern timesRichard Bentley1896

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

[10453]                                                                                                                                               £75.00 SOLD

  1. HOFFMAN, P.C. They Also Serve:the story of the shop workerPorcupine Press1949

Soft covers – very good

[13728]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. HOLCOMBE, Lee Wives and Property:reform of the Married Women’s Property Law in 19th century EnglandUniversity of Toronto Press1983

Paper covers – fine

[7330]                                                                                                                                                              £12.00

  1. HOLDSWORTH, Angela Out of the Doll’s House:the story of women in the 20th centuryBBC1988 (r/p)

Paper covers – very good

[4809]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. HORSFIELD, Margaret Biting the Dust:the joys of houseworkFourth Estate1997

Mint in d/w

[10183]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. HOUSMAN, Laurence Ploughshare and Pruning-Hook:ten lectures on social subjectsSwarthmore Press1919

A collection of papers, originally given as lectures – including ‘What is Womanly?’ (1911) and ‘Art and Citizenship’ (1910).  Very good in d/w

[1322]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. HUMM, Maggie A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Feminist Literary CriticismHarvester Wheatsheaf1994

Soft covers – fine

[10538]                                                                                                                                               £8.00 HUMM

  1. JAMES, Selma Sex, Race and ClassFalling Wall Press1975

Paper covers – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[13193]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. JAMIESON, Mrs A History of France,from the earliest periods to the beginning of the year 1834W. Edwards (London)1834

Fair internally – boards cracked

[2776]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. JEFFREYS, Sheila The Spinster and Her Enemies:feminism and sexuality 1880-1930Pandora1985

Soft covers – fine

[12445]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. JOHNSON, Sheila Et Al Working LivesBrighton and Hove Community Resource Centre, no date1980s

Elderly Brighton working-class residents look back on their lives. Soft covers – 60pp -very good

[10420]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. JOHNSON-ODIM, Cheryl And STROBEL, Margaret (eds) Expanding the Boundaries of Women’s History:essays on women in the third worldIndiana University Press1992

Examines the situation of women in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. Soft covers – mint

[6380]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. KAUFFMAN, Linda Discourses of Desire:gender, genre, and epistolary fictionsCornell University Press1986

Fine in fine d/w

[11881]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. KEDDIE, Nikki And BARON, Beth (eds) Women in Middle Eastern History:shifting boundaries in sex and genderYale University Press1991

The first study of gender relations in the Middle East from the earliest Islamic period to the present. Fine in d/w

[10511]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. KENEALY, Arabella Feminism and Sex-ExtinctionE.P. Dutton & Co (NY)1920

Anti-feminist eugenicist polemic. US edition is scarce. Very good internally – cloth cover a little bumped and rubbed

[12107]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. KERTZER, David and BARBAGLIO, Marzio (eds) Family Life in the Long Nineteenth Century 1789-1913Yale University Press2002

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

[11037]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. KESSLER-HARRIS, Alice Gendering Labor HistoryUniversity of Illinois Press2007

Soft covers – mint

[11578]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. KIDD, Alan and NICHOLLS, David (eds) Gender, Civic Culture and Consumerism:middle-class identity in Britain 1800-1940Manchester University Press1999

Soft covers – very good

[11759]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. KING, Brenda Silk and EmpireManchester University Press

A study of the Anglo-Indian silk trade, challenging the notion that Britain always exploited its empire. Mint in d/w (pub price £55)

[9845]                                                                                                                                                              £25.00

  1. KING, Jeanette Women and the Word:contemporary women novelists and the BibleMacmillan2000

Studies of work by, among others, Sara Maitland, Michele Roberts, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Fine in fine d/w (pub price £70)

[11912]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. KIRBY, Joan (ed) The Plumpton Letters and PapersCUP for the Royal Historical Society1996

Letters addressed mainly to Sir William Plumpton (1404-80) and his son, Sir Robert (1453-1525). Good in marked d/w- but has perhaps been exposed to damp at some point

[10954]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. KIRKHAM, Margaret Jane Austen, Feminism and FictionHarvester1983

Soft covers – fine

[12415]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. KRAEMER, Ross Shepard Her Share of Blessings:women’s religions among pagans, Jews, and Christians in the Greco-roman worldOUP1993

Soft covers – fine

[11915]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. KRISHNAMURTI, G Women Writers of the 1890’sHenry Sotheran1991

Catalogue of the exhibition of 500 books by 230 ‘New Woman’ writers held in London in the summer of 1991. Each entry bears a description of the book and most include comments. With an introduction by Margaret Drabble. 9 colour & 7 monochrome illustrations. Very good

[14525]                                                                                                                                               £12.00 SOLD

  1. LARSEN, Timothy A People of One Book:the Bible and the VictoriansOUP2011

Case studies of representative figures, from Elizabeth Fry to Florence Nightingale, from C.H. Spurgeon to Grace Aguilar to demonstrate the scripture-saturated culture of 19th-century England. Mint in d/w (pub price £76)

[13407]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. LASDUN, Susan Making Victorians:The Drummond Children’s World 1827-1832Weidenfeld & Nicolson1981

CHECK – WRITE BLURB. Fine in fine d/w

[13260]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. LEE, Julia Sun-Joo The American Slave Narrative and the Victorian NovelOUP2010

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)

[13436]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. LERNER, Gerda The Creation of Feminist Consciousness:from the middle ages to 1870OUP1993

Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11921]                                                                                                                                                            £13.00

  1. LLEWELYN DAVIES, Margaret (ed) Life As We Have Known itby Co-operative Working WomenVirago1977

First published in 1931- with an introduction by Virginia Woolf.  Soft covers – good

[13729]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. LLEWELYN DAVIES, Margaret (ed) Maternity:letters from working women collected by the Women’s Co-operative GuildVirago1984 (r/p)

First published in 1915. Soft covers – very good

[12143]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. LOFTIE, W.J. A Plea for Art in the House:with special reference to the economy of collecting works of art, and the importance of taste in education and moralsMacmillan1879 (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

[13338]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. MCCANN, Jean Thomas Howell and the School at LlandaffD. Brown (Cowbridge)1972

Good – ex-university library

[10608]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. MACCARTHY, B.G. The Female Pen;women writers and novelists 1621-1818Cork University Press1994

First published in 1944, this edition with an introduction by Janet Todd. Soft covers – 530pp – fine

[12412]                                                                                                                                               £12.00 SOLD

  1. MCCRACKEN, Peggy The Romance of Adultery:queenship and sexual transgression in old French literatureUniversity of Pennsylvania Press1998

Fine in fine d/w

[11976]                                                                                                                                                            £38.00

  1. MALOS, Ellen (ed) The Politics of HouseworkAllison & Busby1980

Fine in d/w

[1819]                                                                                                                                                    £4.00 SOLD

  1. MANNIN, Ethel Practitioners of Love:some aspects of the human phenomenonHutchinson1969

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

[2689]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. MARKS, Lara Metropolitan Maternitymaternity and infant welfare services in early 20th century LondonRodopi1996

Soft covers – fine

[11624]                                                                                                                                                            £22.00

  1. MARTIN, Jane Women and the Politics of Schooling in Victorian and Edwardian EnglandLeicester University Press1999

Mint (pub price £65)

[10781]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. MASON, Michael The Making of Victorian SexualityOUP1994

Fine in d/w

[10599]                                                                                                                                                            £14.00

  1. MERNISSI, Fatima Doing Daily Battle:interviews with Moroccan WomenWomen’s Press1988

Translated by Mary Jo Lakeland. Soft covers – fine

[11502]                                                                                                                                                 £5.00 SOLD

  1. MEWS, Hazel Frail Vessels:woman’s role in women’s novels from Fanny Burney to George EliotAthlone Press1969

Very good in d/w

[3801]                                                                                                                                                              £12.00

  1. MILLER, Robert Researching Life Stories and Family HistoriesSage2000

Covers methods and issues involved in collecting and analysing family histories, and collecting and analysing life histories. (pub. price £24.99)

[11520]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. MOI, Toril Sexual/Textual PoliticsMethuen1995

Soft covers – very good

[10542]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. MOLE, Mrs A. And WATERMAN, Miss Alys 20th Century Cookery:how to cook by electricityBritish Electrical Development Association, revised edno date (1930s)

‘An indispensable handbook for the Housewife or Cook, giving recipes of 100 dainty dishes which can be prepared without trouble and at small cost.’ Instructions for using electrical equipment – cooker, refrigerator and water heater – and recipes. Card covers – very jazz age – good internally – covers a little rubbed and paper missing from narrow spine

[10213]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. MOORE, Lucy Liberty:the lives and times of six women in revolutionary FranceHarperPress2006

Soft covers – uncorrected proof copy

[10520]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. MUMM, Susan (ed) All Saints Sisters of the Poor:an Anglican Sisterhood in the 19th centuryBoydel Press/Church of England Record Society2001

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

[10964]                                                                                                                                                            £30.00

  1. NODDINGS, Nel Women and EvilUniversity of California Press1989

‘Examines several theological, philosophical, and psychological associations of women with evil in order to propose a counter-definition of evil from the perspective of women’s experience.’ Soft covers – fine

[11913]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. NORWICH HIGH SCHOOL 1875-1950  privately printed, no date[1950]

A GPDST school. Very good internally – green cloth covers sunned – ex-university library

[9612]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. O’SULLIVAN, Sue And PARMAR, Pratibha Lesbians Talk;(Safer Sex)Scarlet Press1992

Soft covers – mint

[5544]                                                                                                                                                    £5.00 SOLD

  1. OSBORNE, Honor And MANISTY, Peggy A History of the Royal School for Daughters of Officers of the Army 1864-1965Hodder & Stoughton1966

Good – ex-university library

[10609]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PALMER, Beth Women’s Authorship and Editorship in Victorian CultureOUP2011

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)

[13432]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. PATTEN, Marguerite The Victory CookbookImperial War Museum1995 (r/p)

‘Over 200 recipes which helped the nation celebrate on that special day and right up to the end of rationing in 1954’. Packed with illustrations. Soft covers – very good

[10328]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. PEACH, Linden Contemporary Irish and Welsh Women’s Fiction:gender, desire and powerUniversity of Wales Press2008

The first comparative study of fiction by late 20th and 21st-century women writers from England, Southern Ireland and Wales. Soft covers – mint

[11572]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. PEDERSEN, Frederik Marriage Disputes in Medieval EnglandHambledon2000

The records of the church courts of the province of York, mainly dating from the 14th c, provide a welcome light on private, family life and on individual reactions to it. Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w

[11977]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. PHILLIPS, Margaret Mann Willingly to School:memories of York College for Girls 1919-1924Highgate Publications1989

Good in card covers – though ex-library

[13124]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. PICHLER, Pia Talking Young FemininitiesPalgrave2009

Explores the spontaneous talk of adolescent British girls from different socio-cultural backgrounds. Hardovers – mint ( pub price £50)

[11525]                                                                                                                                                            £30.00

  1. PLOWDEN, Alison The Case of Eliza Armstrong:’A child bought for £5’BBC1974

A study of the case brought in 1885 against the journalist W.T. Stead, whose crusade against child prostitution, highlighted the sexual double standard and the precarious position of poverty-stricken young girls in a patriarchal society. Very good in d/w

[11476]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. POOVEY, Mary Uneven Developments:the ideological work of gender in mid-Victorian EnglandVirago1989

Paper covers – fine

[13730]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. PORTER, Elisabeth Peacebuilding:women in international perspectiveRoutledge2007

Hardcovers – mint

[11567]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. PRINCE, Ancliffe (ed) The Complete LaundererPower Laundry Journal

‘Will constitute a useful foundation for the tyro to the study of a successful plant operation, and a constant source of guidance and inspiration to those already firmly estalished in the managerial saddle – for the most successful launderers are those who can always go on learning’. Everything one ever needed to know about setting up a professional laundry in the 1930s. With pages of photographs and advertisements. Very good

[10215]                                                                                                                                               £10.00 SOLD

  1. PUCKETT, Kent Bad Form:social mistakes and the nineteenth-century novelOUP2008

Mint in d/w

[11711]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. RAI, Shirin The Gender Politics of Development:essays in hope and despairZed Books2008

A comprehensive assessment of how gender politics has emerged and developed in post-colonial states. Soft covers – mint

[11556]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. RANKE-HEINEMANN, Uta Eunuchs for the Kingdom of Heaven:women, sexuality and the Catholic churchPenguin1990

Soft covers – very good

[11901]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. RAPPOPORT, Jill Giving Women:alliance and exchange in Victorian cultureOUP2012

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)

[13413]                                                                                                                                                            £32.00

  1. RENDALL, Jane The Origins of Modern Feminism:women in Britain, France and the United States 1780-1860Macmillan1985

Soft covers – very good

[9461]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. ROBERTS, Alison Hathor Rising:the serpent power in ancient EgyptNorthgate1995

Soft covers – fine

[11866]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. ROBINS, Gay Women in Ancient EgyptBritish Museum Press1993

Soft covers – fine

[11867]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. ROBINSON, Jane Pandora’s Daughters:the secret history of enterprising womenConstable2002

A study of 100 or so women, over 25 centuries, who chose to make an independent way through life. Fine in d/w

[11214]                                                                                                                                               £10.00 SOLD

  1. ROWBOTHAM, Sheila Women, Resistance and RevolutionAllen Lane1972

Very good in chipped d/w

[1834]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. SAGE; a scholarly journal on black womenThe Sage Women’s Educational Press Inc1986

Issue for Vol III, no 2 Fall 1986 – entitled ‘Africa and the Diaspora’. Includes contributions from Audre Lorde and Paula Giddings. Fine

[11676]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. SAGE, a scholarly journal on black womenThe Sage Women’s Educational Press Inc1988

Issue for Vol V, no 1 Summer 1988. Very good

[11677]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. SAGE; a scholarly journal on black womenThe Sage Women’s Educational Press Inc1990

Issue for Vol VII, no 1 Summer 1990

[11678]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. SALES, Roger Jane Austen and Representations of Regency EnglandRoutledge1996

Soft covers – mint

[11362]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. SANKOVITCH, Tilde French Women Writers and the Book:myths of access and desireSyracuse University Press1988

Soft covers – fine

[11883]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. SEAGER, Joni Earth Follies:feminism, politics and the environmentEarthscan1993

Soft covers – fine

[8708]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. SEARLE, Arthur (ed) Barrington Family Letters 1628-1632Royal Historical Society1983

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

[10955]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. SEIDLER, Victor The Achilles Heel Reader:men, sexual politics and socialismRoutledge1991

Paper covers – mint

[5302]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. SERVADIO, Gaia Renaissance WomanI.B. Taurus2005

Fine in fine d/w

[11982]                                                                                                                                                 £8.00 SOLD

  1. SHAHAR, Shulamith The Fourth Estate:a history of women in the Middle AgesRoutledge1993 (r/p)

Paper covers – fine

[11858]                                                                                                                                               £12.00 SOLD

  1. SHIRAZI, Faegheh Velvet Jihad:Muslim women’s quiet resistance to Islamic fundamentalismUniversity Press of Florida2009

Hardcovers – mint in d/w

[11615]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. SHOWALTER, Elaine Inventing Herself:claiming a feminist intellectual heritagePicador2001

An exploration of feminist intellectuals from the 18th century to the present – from Mary Wollstonecraft to Naomi Woolf. Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11934]                                                                                                                                               £15.00 SOLD

  1. SHOWALTER, Elaine A Jury of Her Peers:American women writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie ProulxVirago2009

Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11900]                                                                                                                                               £12.00 SOLD

  1. SIDDLE, David J. (ed) Migration, Mobility and ModernizationLiverpool University Press2000

In series ‘Liverpool Studies in European Population’. Essays include ‘Motives to Move: Reconstructing Individual Migration Histories in early Eighteenth-Century Liverpool’ and ‘Mobility Among Women in Nineteeth-century Dublin’. Soft covers – mint

[11670]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. SLATER, Michael The Great Dickens ScandalYale University Press2012

How Dickens sought to cover up his relationship with Ellen Ternan. Mint in d/w (pub price £20)

[13420]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. SONBOL, Amira El Azhary (ed) Women, the Family, and Divorce Laws in Islamic HistorySyracuse University Press1996

18 essays covering a wide range of material. Soft covers – fine

[10484]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. SPENDER, Dale Invisible Women:the schooling scandalWomen’s Press1989

Pioneering research on sexism in education.  Paper covers – mint

[1667]                                                                                                                                                    £2.00 SOLD

  1. STAFFORD, H.M. Queenswood:the first sixty years 1894-1954privately printed1954

History of the school. Good – ex-college library

[9643]                                                                                                                                                              £12.00

  1. STAFFORD, William English feminists and their opponents in the 1790s;unsex’d and proper femalesManchester University Press2002

Fine in fine d/w (pub. price £45)

[11757]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. 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

[10494]                                                                                                                                                              £9.00

  1. STARK, Freya East is WestCentury1986

Her war-time experiences in Egypt, Palestine and Syria. First published in 1945. Soft covers – very good

[10557]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. STEINER, Wendy The Trouble with BeautyHeinemann2001

Explores the 20th century’s troubled relationship with beauty. Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11929]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. STENTON, Doris Mary The English Woman in HistoryAllen & Unwin1957

Good reading copy – ex-library

[8440]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. STEVENS, John Medieval Romance:themes and approachesHutchinson University Library1973

Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11945]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. STONE, Alison An Introduction to Feminist PhilosophyPolity2007

Soft covers – mint

[11566]                                                                                                                                               £13.00 SOLD

  1. STONE, Dorothy The National:the story of a pioneer collegeRobert Hale1976

History of the pioneering domestic economy training college – The National Training College of Domestic Subjects. Fine in d/w

[8231]                                                                                                                                                              £12.00

  1. TAYLOR, James Boardroom Scandal:the criminalization of company fraud in 19th-century BritainOUP2013

Mint in d/w (pub price £60)

[13435]                                                                                                                                                            £38.00

  1. TAYLOR, Jane Contributions of Q.Q.Jackson & Walford5th ed, 1855

The majority of these essays were first published in the ‘Youth’s Magazine’, between 1816 and 1822.  Good in original cloth

[1699]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. TAYLOR, Yvette Working-class Lesbian Life:classed outsidersPalgrave2007

Hardcovers – mint (pub. price £45)

[11575]                                                                                                                                               £10.00 SOLD

  1. TENISON, Marika Hanbury Cooking With VegetablesCape1980

Very good in slightly marked d/w

[7937]                                                                                                                                                    £5.00 SOLD

  1. THAPAN, Meenakshi (ed) Transnational Migration and the Politics of IdentitySage2005

Focuses on Asian women’s experience of immigration, and the impact this has on their identity in the context of transnational migration. Soft covers – mint

[10134]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. THE EDITOR OF ‘ENQUIRE WITHIN UPON EVERYTHING’ The Practical Housewife:a complete encyclopaedia of domestic economy and family medical guideHoulston & Sonsnew 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

[13569]                                                                                                                                               £10.00 SOLD

  1. TODD, Janet Gender, Art and DeathContinuum (NY)1993

Mint in d/w

[3972]                                                                                                                                                              £14.00

  1. TOMAN, John Kilvert’s World of Wonders;growing up in mid-Victorian EnglandLutterworth Press2013

Presents the diarist Francis Kilvert as a typical mid-Victorian, excited by the scientific and tchnological forces ushering in the modern world. Describes the diarist’s upbringing and education to show the origins of his outlook. Soft covers – mint (pub price £25)

[13419]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. TWEEDIE, Jill In the Name of LoveGranada1980

Soft covers – good

[9441]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. TYLECOTE, Mabel The Education of Women at Manchester University 1883 to 1933Manchester University Press1941

With a newscutting obituary of Dame Mabel Tylecote laid in. Good – scarce

[13139]                                                                                                                                                            £40.00

  1. UGRESIC, Dubravka Have A Nice Day:from the Balkan War to the American DreamCape1994

A view of American life through the eyes of a famous Croatian writer. Soft covers – fine

[10306]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. VALENZE, Deborah The First Industrial WomanOUP1995

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

[10786]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. VICINUS, Martha A Widening Sphere:changing roles of Victorian womenMethuen1977

Soft covers – very good

[7646]                                                                                                                                                              £23.00

  1. WATERS, Kristin (ed) Women and Men Poltical Theorists:enlightened conversationsBlackwell2000

A sourcebook,  including the work of women – such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Astell – as well as that of  Locke, Rousseau, Mill etc. Soft covers – mint – large format – 374pp

[6006]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. WILSON, Philip K (ed) Childbirth: Vol 3:Methods and FolkloreGarland Publishing1996

An anthology of key primary sources centring on methods of childbirth -covering ‘Painless Childbirth’ from the 18th century onwards; ”Caesarian Sections’ and ’20th Century Natural Childbirth’ and ‘Oral Traditions and Folklore of Pregnancy and Childbirth’  A single volume from a 5-voume series. Fine – 433pp

[11065]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. WINSTEAD, Karen (ed) Chaste Passions:medieval English virgin martyr legendsCornell University Press2000

Soft covers – very good

[11983]                                                                                                                                                              £9.00

  1. WOODS, Edgar & Diana Things That Are Not Done:an outspoken commentary on popular habits and a guide to correct conductUniversal Publications, no date(1937)

Good

[10612]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. XINRAN The Good Women of China:hidden voicesChatto & Windus2002

First-hand accounts by a wide range of women of life in China. Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11889]                                                                                                                                                 £6.00 SOLD

  1. ZIMMERMAN, Jan Once Upon the Future:a woman’s guide to tomorrow’s technologyPandora1986

Paper covers – mint

[5370]                                                                                                                                                    £4.00 SOLD

 

General Biography

 

  1. (ALLEN) John C. Hirsh Hope Emily Allen:medieval scholarship and feminismPilgrim Books (Oklahoma)1988

Biography of an American medieval scholar, born in 1883 – who spent time at Newnham. Fine

[11995]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. (ALVAREZ) Al Alvarez Where Did it All Go Right:an autobioraphyRichard Cohen Books1999

Poet, critic, novelist, poker player, rock climber- and friend of Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath.  Fine in fine d/w

[12013]                                                                                                                                                 £6.00 SOLD

  1. (AMBERLEY) Bertrand and Patricia Russell (eds) The Amberley Papers: the letters and diaries of Lord and Lady AmberleyHogarth Press1937

The epitome of radical liberalism in the mid-19th-century. Both died tragically young. Good

[11044]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. (ARNOLD-FOSTER) T.W. Moody and R.A.J. Hawkins (eds) Florence Arnold-Foster’s Irish JournalOUP1988

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

[1043]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. (BEALE) Elizabeth Raikes Dorothea Beale of CheltenhamConstable1908

Good

[11045]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. (BEETON) Kathryn Hughes The Short Life and Long Times of Mrs BeetonHarper2006

Excellent biography. Soft covers – fine

[10918]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. BELL, Alan (ed and with an introduction by) Sir Leslie Stephen’s ‘Mausoleum Book’OUP1977

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

[13199]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. (BEWICK) Jenny Uglow Nature’s Engraver:the life of Thomas BewickFaber2006

Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11894]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. (BURNEY) Janice Farrar Thaddeus Frances Burney:a literary lifeSt Martin’s Press2000

Soft covers – very good

[10546]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. CHAPMAN, Barbara Boxing Day BabyQueenSpark Market Books1994

She was born in Brighton on Boxing Day in 1927. Soft covers – 34pp – very good

[10402]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. (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

[11101]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. CRAWFORD, Anne et al (eds) Europa Biographical Dictionary of British Women:over 1000 notable women from Britain’s PastEuropa1983

Soft covers – 536pp – fine

[12408]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. (DE BEAUVOIR) Helene Vivienne Wenzel (ed) Simone de Beauvoir:witness to a centuryYale University Press Number 721986

Yale French Studies, no 72 – includes an interview with Simone de Beauvoir as well as articles about her and her work. Paper covers – very good

[1938]                                                                                                                                                    £5.00 SOLD

  1. (DE STAEL/CONSTANT) Renee Winegarten Germaine de Stael and Benjamin Constant:a dual biographyYale University Press2008

Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w

[11963]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. (DERBY) Angus Hawkins The Forgotten Prime Minister: the 14th Earl of Derby:Achievement, 1851-1969OUP2008

Mint in d/w

[11701]                                                                                                                                                            £16.00

  1. DUNFORD, Penny A Biographical Dictionary of Women Artists in Europe and America since 1850Harvester1990

Fine

[10850]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. (EDEN) Violet Dickinson (Ed) Miss Eden’s LettersMacmillan1919

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

[9339]                                                                                                                                                              £28.00

  1. (ELEANOR) Ralph Turner Eleanor of AquitaineYale University Press2009

Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11956]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. (GAUTIER) Joanna Richardson Judith Gautier:a biographyQuartet1986

Biography of French woman of letters – and muse. Soft covers – fine

[12432]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. (GOYA) Julia Blackburn Old Man GoyaJonathan Cape2002

Follows Goya through the last 35 years of his life. Very good in d/w

[10975]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (HALDANE) Elizabeth Haldane From One Century to AnotherAlexander Maclehose1937

She was born in 1862, into an eminent Scottish Liberal family – an interesting autobiography by one who was at the heart of things. Good – cover marked – remains of Boots Library label

[14375]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. (HAMMOND) Mrs John Hays Hammond A Woman’s Part in a RevolutionLongmans, Green1987

The ‘Revolution’ was the Boer War – her husband was imprisoned by the Boers. Good

[6083]                                                                                                                                                              £30.00

  1. (HARRISON) Amy Greener A Lover of Books:the life and literary papers of Lucy HarrisonJ.M. Dent1916

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

[11054]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. (HOWARD) Elizabeth Jane Howard Slipstream:a memoirMacmillan2002

Fine in d/w

[10523]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (HOWE) Valarie Ziegler Diva Julia:the public romance and private agony of Julia Ward HoweTrinity Press International2003

Hardcover – fine in fine d/w

[11892]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. (JAMESON) Clara Thomas Love and Work Enough:the life of Anna JamesonMacdonald1967

Good

[12070]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. (JAMESON) G.H. Needler (ed) Letters of Anna Jameson to Ottilie von GoetheOUP1939

Very good internally – cover marked

[12451]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. (JEBB) Alice Salomon Eglantyne Jebb   Union Internationale de Secours Aux Enfants1936

Short study in French. Paper covers – 53pp – very good

[13170]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. LANE, Maggie Literary DaughtersRobert Hale1989

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

[10844]                                                                                                                                               £15.00 SOLD

  1. (LEIGH) Michael and Melissa Bakewell Augusta Leigh:Byron’s half-sister – a biographyChatto & Windus2000

Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w

[12012]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (LIDDELL) Simon Winchester The Alice Behind WonderlandOUP2011

‘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

[13406]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. LONGFORD. Elizabeth Eminent Victorian WomenThe History Press2008

First published in 1981. This edition with an introduction by Judith Kazantzis. Soft covers – mint

[11729]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. (MACAULAY) Jane Emery Rose Macaulay:a writer’s lifeJohn Murray1991

Soft covers – fine

[11888]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. MARTINDALE, Hilda Some Victorian Portraits and OthersAllen & Unwin1948

Biographical essays of members of her circle – including Adelaide Anderson, factory inspector. Very good in d/w

[6071]                                                                                                                                                              £18.00

  1. (MARTYN) Christopher Hodgson (compiler) Carrie: Lincoln’s Lost Heroineprivately published2010

A biographical anthology of works relating to Caroline Eliza Derecourt Martyn, socialist. Soft covers – fine

[14222]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. MAVINGA, Isha McKenzie And PERKINS, Thelma In Search of Mr McKenzie:two sisters’ quest for an unknown fatherWomen’s Press1991

An intriguing search to find their black father – their mother was white and Jewish. Soft covers – good

[10418]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. (MAYNARD) Catherine B. Firth Constance Louisa Maynard:mistress of Westfield CollegeAllen & Unwin1949

Very good  – scarce

[11033]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. (MONROE) Fred Lawrence Guiles Norma Jean:the tragedy of Marilyn MonroeMayflower1971

Paper covers – good

[2816]                                                                                                                                                                £2.00

  1. (MONTGOMERY) Mary Rubio and Elizbeth Waterston (eds) The Selected Journals of L.M. Montgomery:vol 1 1889-1910OUP1985

Fine in very good d/w -424pp – heavy

[12426]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. (MORGAN) Sydney Lady Morgan Passage From My AutobiographyRichard Bentley1859

‘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

[13675]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. 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

[11776]                                                                                                                                                            £40.00

  1. (NICE) Miranda Seymour The Bugatti Queen:in search of a motor-racing legendSimon & Schuster2004

Romantic life of Helle Nice, who set land-speed records for Bugatti in the 1930s. Fine in d/w

[10532]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (NIGHTINGALE) Lynn McDonald (ed) Florence Nightingale’s European TravelsWilfrid Laurier Press2004

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

[11112]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. (ORIGO) Caroline Moorehead Iris Origo:Marchesa of Val d’OrciaJohn Murray2000

Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w

[12007]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. (OSBORN) Emily Osborn (ed) Political and Social Letters of a Lady of the Eighteenth Century:1721-1771Griffith 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

[12054]                                                                                                                                               £45.00 SOLD

  1. PARRY, Melanie (ed) Chambers Biographical Dictionary of WomenChambers1996

Soft covers – fine – 741pp – heavy

[12421]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. (PASTON) Helen Castor Blood and RosesFaber2004

A family biography tracing the Pastons’ story across three generations. Mint in mint d/w

[11981]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (PHILIPS) Philip Webster Souers The Matchless OrindaHarvard University Press1931

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

[9602]                                                                                                                                                 £28.00 SOLD

  1. (PLATH/HUGHES) Diane Middlebrook Her Husband:Hughes and Plath: a marriageLittle,Brown2004

Fine in fine d/w

[12020]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (PUREFOY) G. Eland (ed) Purefoy Letters 1735-1753Sidgwick & Jackson1931

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

[9338]                                                                                                                                                              £40.00

  1. (RODWAY) Angela Rodway A London ChildhoodVirago1985

First published in 1960, reissued with a new introduction by the author. Growing up in working-class north Islington in the 1920s and 1930s. Soft covers – fine

[14925]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (RUSKIN) Mary Lutyens (ed) Young Mrs Ruskin in Venice:the picture of society and life with John Ruskin 1849-1852Vanguard Press (NY)1965

Very good in d/w

[13200]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. (SEEBOHM) Victoria Glendinning A Suppressed Cry:life and death of a Quaker daughterRoutledge1969

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

[4276]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. SICHERMAN, Barbara et al (eds) Notable American Women:The Modern PeriodBelknap Press of Harvard University Press1980

Soft covers – 773pp – heavy – very good

[12418]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. (SIMPSON) Morrice McCrae Simpson:the turbulent life of a medical pioneerBirlinn2011

The discoverer of ‘the blessed chloroform’ and, as such, an important figure in ‘woman’s sphere’. Soft covers – mint

[13433]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. (SLATE/SLAWSON) Tieri Thompson (ed) Dear Girl:the diaries and letters of two working women 1897-1917The Women’s Press1987

Letters and diaries of two women whose friendship was played out against the background of the suffrage movement. Paper covers – very good

[13731]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. (SOYER) Ruth Cowen Relish:the extraordinary life of Alexis Soyer, Victorian celebrity chefWeidenfeld2006

Chef and kitchen designer to the Reform Club and reformer of army catering. Mint in d/w

[9824]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. (ST TERESA OF AVILA) St Teresa of Avila by HerselfPenguin Classics1957 (r/p)

Soft covers – fine

[11950]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. STARK, Freya The Coast of Incense:autobiography 1933-1939John Murray1953

Covers her travels in Egypt, the Middle East and South Arabia. Good in chipped d/w

[10564]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. (STEAD) Chris Williams Christina Stead:a life of lettersVirago1989

Soft covers – fine

[11891]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (STOWE) Joan Hedrick Harriet Beecher StoweOUP1994

Soft covers – fine

[11991]                                                                                                                                                              £9.00

  1. (STUART) Hon. James A. Home (ed) Letters of Lady Louisa Stuart to Miss Louisa ClintonDavid 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

[13335]                                                                                                                                                            £38.00

  1. (TENNYSON) James O. Hoge Lady Tennyson’s JournalUniversity Press of Virginia1981

Fine in d/w

[9675]                                                                                                                                                              £18.00

  1. (TROUBRIDGE) Jaqueline Hope-Nicholson (ed) Life Amongst the Troubridges:journals of a young Victorian 1873-1884 by Laura TroubridgeJohn Murray1966

Very good in rubbed d/w

[9324]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. (TUCKER) Agnes Giberne A Lady of England:the life and letters of Charlotte Maria TuckerHodder & Stoughton1895

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

[9599]                                                                                                                                                              £28.00

  1. (TUDOR) Maria Perry Sisters to the King  deutsch2002

Lives of the sisters of Henry VIII – Queen Margaret of Scotland and Queen Mary of France. Soft covers – fine

[12024]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. WALLER, Maureen Sovereign Ladies:the six reigning queens of EnglandJohn Murray2007

Soft covers – mint

[11023]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. (WARD) John Sutherland Mrs Humphry Ward:eminent Victorian, pre-eminent EdwardianOUP1990

Fine in very good d/w

[12008]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (WARWICK) Charlotte Fell-Smith Mary Rich, Countess of Warwick (1625-1678), her family and friendsLongmans, Green1901

Very good

[1754]                                                                                                                                                              £45.00

  1. (WOLLSTONECRAFT) Janet Todd (ed) The Collected Letters of Mary WollstonecraftAllen Lane2003

Mint in d/w

[10787]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. (WORTH) Edith Saunders The Age of Worth:courtier to the Empress EugenieLongmans1954

Interesting social history. Good – though ex-Boots library, with label pasted on to front cover.

[4013]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

 

General Ephemera

 

  1. ASSOCIATE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE EXHIBITION 1924

This badge belonged to one of the Hodgson sisters, whose suffrage collection featured in Catalogue 198. The badge is brass and blue enamel with a lion’s head below the initials A.B.E.E. The exhibition was held at Wembley Park from April 1924 to October 1925

[14937]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES Education Policy;with special reference to Secondary Educationno date (early 20th c)

4-pp leaflet – good – ex-Board of Education library

[14163]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. ASSOCIATION OF ASSISTANT MISTRESSES IN PUBLIC SECONDARY SCHOOLS The Teaching of English1907

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

[12706]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. (AUSTEN) Frederick Bussby Jane Austen in WinchesterFriends of Winchester Cathedral

Essay delineating Jane Austen’s links to Winchester. Soft covers – pamphlet – fine

[14187]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. BINFIELD, Clyde Belmont’s Portias:Victorian nonconformists and middle-class education for girlsDr Williams’ Trust1981

The 35th Friends of Dr Williams’s Library Lecture. Paper covers – 35pp – good – scarce

[9158]                                                                                                                                                              £18.00

  1. BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION

Memorandum of the Articles of Association, and by-laws of the British Medical Association, together with a few other items sent with a letter, dated 17 July 1922, welcoming Dr Gladys Stableforth, Moorfields, Fenham, Northumberland as a member of the BMA.

[8762]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. BRITISH MEDICAL ASSOCIATION Report of Committee on Industrial Health in FactoriesBMA1941

43-pp wartime report – paper covers – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12334]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. CENSUS OF SCOTLAND 1911 VOL II Report of the Twelfth Decennial Census of ScotlandHMSO[1913]

Missing front blue paper cover and some pages at end that cover talbels XLVI-LI – but 562pp are present and correct. Withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12385]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION REVIEW Vol X (New Series) July To Dec 1901 Longmans, Green1902

half-yearly bound volume of the COS’s own magazine. Very good

[9244]                                                                                                                                                              £28.00

  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY H. Holman A Restatement of the First Principles of Charity Organisation WorkCOS1912

Paper read on 21 May 1912 at the 21st Annual National Conference of Charity Organisation Societies, Manchester. Paper covers – 24pp – good – unusual

[14100]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. CHARITY ORGANISATION SOCIETY J.W. Pennyman The Cost of Good WorkCOS1895

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

[14099]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. COMMISSION OF ENQUIRY INTO INDUSTRIAL UNREST: Report of the Commission for WalesHMSO1917

50pp – good reading copy – bound into later card covers – ex-Board of Education Library

[13215]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. DAILY MIRROR 2 October 1940

The headline is ‘First Women to win GM’. – describing the actions that had led to three A.R.P. women being awarded the George Medal for Valour. Very good

[10719]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. DAVIES, Dilys The Problem of Girls’ Education in WalesAssociation for Promoting the Education of Girls in Wales1887

‘An Address delivered before the Welsh National Society of Liverpool, on January 13th 1887’. ‘The need of education is never felt more keenly than by the woman whose faculiteis have been undeveloped by wise guidance in childhood, and who is thrown unexpectedly on her own resources to fend for herself, and earn an honest living’. Very sensible. 14-pp pamphlet – very good – but with foxing

[14524]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. 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

[8594]                                                                                                                                                              £38.00

  1. EVERYWOMAN

founded in 1985, aa news and current affairs magazine aimed at ‘real women’. Issues:

1991 July/Aug

1992 Oct, Nov, Dec/Jan 1993;1993, Feb, April, March, May, June, July, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov Dec/Jan 1994; 1994, Feb, March, April, May, June, July, Aug, Sept,  Oct, Nov, Dec/Jan 1995;1995 Feb, March, April, May, June, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec/Jan 1996;1996 May

In good condition. Each

[14923]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. 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

[13329]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. 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

[14212]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. HIGH SCHOOL FOR GIRLS BOLTON

Page from ‘The Buiilding News’ (18 March 1892) showing the new building for the school, at Park Road, Bolton, opened by Millicent Fawcett on 8 May 1891. The building, now, I think, demolished was in an ‘olde Englishe’ style, with half-timbering  and an oriel window to the assembly hall. The page includes plans for the Ground and First floors, showing the disposition of classrooms, wcs etc. Very good

[14898]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. HILL, Charles H. E. Memorandum on the National Service Acts, 1939-41and other emergency legislation prepared for the War Resisters’ InternationalWar Resisters’ International1942

16-pp pamphlet – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12367]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. HMSO Factories (No 2) BillHMSO1926

Concerned with working conditions. 102pp – lacking paper covers – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12300]                                                                                                                                                              £2.00

  1. HMSO National Advisory Committee on the Employment of Older Men and WomenHMSO

The First Report, Oct 1953 and Second Report, Dec 1955. Paper covers – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library. Together

[12277]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. JOSEPHINE BUTLER

photograph of her- head and shoulders – by Elliott and Fry. Has been someone’s pin-up – pin mark at top of card – well clear of photograph. Fair

[11205]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. McMILLAN, Margaret The Future of Our Young PeopleCo-operative Union1911

Paper covers – 12pp – good – ex-Board of Education library

[12743]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. MINISTRY OF LABOUR AND NATIONAL SERVICE Time Rates of Wages and Hours of LabourHMSO1952

Covers every type of employment for coal mining to cinema usherette. Paper covers – 248pp

[12298]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

Item 476. Mrs Filliter’s view from Fieosele

 

  1. MRS FLORENCE FILLITER’S TRAVEL DIARY – ITALY 1929

Florence Filliter (1851-1943) set out for Italy with her daughter, Gladys, on 16 April 1929. Florence, who had been an active member of the Conservative and Unionist Women’s Franchise Association in the suffrage years, was born in Bristol, the daughter of John Shute, a tea and sugar merchant, and his wife, Ellen. She married William Davy Filliter, an architect who later became a C of E clergyman, in 1883 and had two children, Douglas and Gladys. In 1929 Douglas was the British consul for Tuscany, based in Leghorn (Livorno). Although 77 years old Florence was amazingly energetic, never baulking at any expedition. Stopping off in Rome for a morning, she and Gladys then travelled on to Naples, where she stayed with friends/relations at Vomero. Visits to Pompei, of course, and Capri, dances on HMS Queen Elizabeth, flagship of the Mediterannean fleet [laid in is an invitatiion to HMS Queen Elizabeth ‘At Home’ for 30 April]. Another short stop in Rome – 2 hours – in which they visited the National Museum – and then it was on to Assissi and then Fiesole, with much visiting in Florence. Besides visits to the Uffizi  etc, Florence mentions watching a visit by the King among an ‘unpleasant crowd outside the Palazzo Vecchio. We stood it for some time and watched a great many people going in, Fascists and officers and diifferent societies..’ They then travelled to Leghorn to stay with Douglas and his family at the consul’s house, villa Bertagni in viale Regina Margherita,  before moving on to Portofino and Rapallo – and then, on 6 June, to board the train home.

This is a lively,engaging travel diary, packed with photographs, postcards and, best of all, because Florence was an accomplished amateur artist, her own watercolours..  The covers of the Album are rubbeed and the ‘leather’ is missing from the spine – but internally everything is in reasonably good condition, one page loose. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the diary and loved Flroence’s watercolours. I followed up something of the family’s history and fortunately Florence died before knowing the sad fate awaiting two of her grandsons.

[14920]                                                                                                                                             £150.00 SOLD

  1. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF GIRLS’ CLUBS Clubs and Club MakingUniversity of London Press1943

A history – and then 13 chapters on how to run a club. Soft covers – 104pp – good – ex-Board of Education library

[12747]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. NATIONAL FEDERATION OF BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN’S CLUBS OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND The Changing Pattern:report on the training of older womanNFBPWC1966

Paper covers – 24pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12296]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. NATIONAL HEALTH SERVICE The National Health Service (Service Committees and Tribunal) Regulations 1948HMSO1948

30-pp – good – withdrawn from the collection of the Association for Moral and Social Hygiene – good – with some marginal pencilled emphases.

[12551]                                                                                                                                                              £1.00

  1. NATIONAL UNION OF FAMILY ASSOCIATIONS World Congress for Family and Population1947

The Congress was held in Paris in June 1947. Paper covers – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12532]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. [NETTA SYRETT] A Woman Rebels: campaign book

A 20-pp large-format booklet (9″ x 12″) to promote a 1936 film ‘A Woman Rebels’, based on Netta Syrett’s novel, ‘Portrait of a Rebel’ (published in 1929). The fiilm starred Katherine Hepburn and Herbert Marshall and the booklet, giving a lengthy synopsis of the plot, which centres on KH’s character as a ‘New Woman’, stills from the film, background information on the making of the film,and many ‘advertising stereos’, images that could be used in promoting the film [one small one has been cut out, presumably to be used in this way]. In good condition

[14897]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. NOBLE WOMEN; Windows in the Lady Chapel Liverpool CathderalLiverpool Cathedral(no date)

Booklet describing the stained glas window, designed by James Hogan in 1921 and painted by A.A. Burcombe of Whitefriars Studios. The ‘noble women’ included those with Liverpool connections, such as Jemima Clough, Josephine Butler and Agnes Jones, as well as ones, such as Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Christina Rossetti, who did not. 16-pp – card covers – very good

[12237]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. PAOLA AND FRANCESCA

programme for the production of ‘Paola and Francesca’ by Stephen Phillips staged by George Alexander at the St James’s Theatre in March 1902. The cast included Elizabeth Robins, Henry Ainley, Lilian Braithwaite and Evelyn Millard. The programme conmprises, as well as the cast list, a long history of the story of Paola and Francesca, notes on the costumes, the scenery, and the music. Good condition

[14423]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. REPORT OF A DEPARTMENTAL COMMITTEE ON THE PREVALENCE OF VENEREAL DISEASE AMONG THE BRITISH TROOPS IN INDIA HMSO1897

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

[12353]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. REPORT OF THE STREET OFFENCES COMMITTEE HMSO1928

The Committee included Margery Fry. Good – 50pp – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[14380]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. 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

[3887]                                                                                                                                                              £25.00

 

  1. SCARLET WOMEN Scarlet Women CollectiveAugust 1978

Newsletter of the Socialist Feminist Current. Issue 8. Very good

[11324]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. SCARLET WOMEN

Newsletter of the Socialist Feminist Current. Issue for August 1978

[8191]                                                                                                                                                                £1.00

  1. SENIOR, Mrs Nassau Pauper SchoolsHMSO1875

‘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.

[10457]                                                                                                                                                            £28.00

  1. SPARE RIB

Founded in 1972 and running until 1992. I have the following issues for sale:     1981 112, 113 ; 1982 114 to 125 ;1983 126, 128, 131, 133, 135- 137 ; 1984 138 to 149; 1985 150-157;

1986 167;1 987 177  In good condition – each

[14885]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. SWANWICK, H.M. Women and WarUnion 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.

[14204]                                                                                                                                                            £48.00

  1. TEACHERS’ GUILD Helps to Self-Help for Teachers by Assurance and Investment through the Teachers’ Guild1901

Paper covers – 28pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library

[13221]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. 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

[13217]                                                                                                                                                            £80.00

  1. TEACHERS’ GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND List of Members Alphabetically Arranged1913

Names and addresses – very useful. Women teachers appear to be in the majority. Soft covers – good – ex-Board of Education Library

[13218]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. THE ACLAND CHRONICLE April 1903

The second number of the ‘Acland Chronicle’ recording the work of the Acland Club for boys and girls that was associated with the Women’s University Settlement. Good in original wrppers – ex-Board of Education library

[12684]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. THE ASSOCIATION FOR MORAL AND SOCIAL HYGIENE The Alison Neilans Memorial LecturesAMSH

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

[12337]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. THE EDUCATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE TEACHERS’ GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND A Catalogue of the Historical Section1896

A list of  the  costumes, tables, charts, photographs, maps and lantern slides that were available for hire by teachers. Interesting. Paper covers – 20pp – fair – ex-Board of Education Library

[13219]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. THE FIRST REPORT OF THE BRISTOL REFUGE SOCIETY for the restoration of females who have unhappily fallen from virtue, ending 6 month 30, 1815; with a list of subscribers  facsimile of the edition printed for Philip Rose, Broadmead1815

An interesting publication – full of names and address of donors and subscribers. Many Bristol worthies – but also their associates from around the country. A very well produced facsimile. Paper covers – very good

[10463]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. THE HOUSEHOLD WASH A collection of modern postcards all associated with the household wash. 26 of the cards are reproductions of late-19th and early-20th century advertisements for e.g.Sunlight Soap, Recitts Blue, Rinso, Vim Persil etc. 8 cards are reproductions of various washing days. 2 cards are typograhical 1980s humour with a washing-day theme. Together with an original advertising 6-pp fold-out leaflet for E.G. Bentford’s Washing, Wringing and Mangling Machines. The leaflet is printed on both sides – showing, therefore, 12 of their lines of stock. The firm was based in Brighton – the leaflet dates from, I think, the beginning of the 20th century. The postcards are all unused and unposted. The advertising leaflet is in good condition. As a collection

[11626]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. THE LEAGUE OF SERVICE Report, 1910-1911

‘The League of Service exists to bring such influences to bear upon the physical conditions and the homes of the chidlren of the nation that each child may at least begin life with a fair chance of attaining full development.’ The Report details the League’s work – in London only – with centres at King’s Cross, Marylebone and Battersea, each with its own ‘Mothers’ Dining Room’. Paper covers – 20pp -very good – ex-Board of Education library

[12737]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. THE NATIONAL COUNCIL OF WOMEN OF GREAT BRITAIN Handbook 1960-61National Council of Women1961

Packed with names and addresses. Soft covers -56pp – fine

[12319]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. THE SPECTATOR AUGUST 6 1836

Includes a report of a wife offered for sale at ‘the new Islington cattle market’. She fetched 26s.

[14067]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. THE TEACHERS’ GUILD OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND Scheme of Proposed Teachers’ Guild Friendly Society (Sickness and Accident Fund)1897

Insurance for teachers. The contributions for women teachers is set higher arising ‘from the fact that amonst women the frequency, if not the duration of sickness, is very much greater than amongst men of coresponding ages, and to provide for both on the same terms would be inequitable and unsafe.’ Soft covers – 12pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library

[13220]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. THE WOMEN’S BRANCH FEDERATION Fifth Annual Report, 1912-13

‘Affiliated to the Social Institutes’ Union’ – ‘unites existing Clubs and Social Institutes for women and girls of the industrial community by promoting amongst them mutual interest and friendly intercourse.’ Good – in original wrappers – 16pp – 2 photos -ex-Board of Education lbirary

[12744]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. THE WOMEN’S BRANCH FEDERATION Sixth Annual Report, 1913-14

‘We can only conclude by saying that we have endeavoured to raise the standard of London Working Girls by encouraging them to take pleasure in interesting study, and employ their leisure hours in healthy and wholesome recreation.’ With details of all the affiliated Clubs. Paper covers -with photographs – 16pp – good – ex-Board of Education library

[12745]                                                                                                                                                            £14.00

  1. THE WOMEN’S LEAGUE OF SERVICE Report, 1911-1912

The League of Service was now renamed – and, in addition to those detailed in the 1910-11 Report, now had Centres in Hammersmith, Croydon and Bristol. Paper covers – 34pp – very good – ex-Board of Education library

[12738]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. WARWICK, The Countess Of Unemployment:its causes and consequencesTwentieth 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

[14117]                                                                                                                                                            £45.00

  1. WILKINS, Mrs Roland The Training and Employment of Education Women in Horticulture and AgricultureWomen’s Farm and Garden Association1927

Soft covers – 52pp – good – ex-Board of Education Library

[13213]                                                                                                                                                            £20.00

  1. WOMAN AT HOME (Annie S. Swan’s Magazine)Hodder & Stoughton1894

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!

[13692]                                                                                                                                                            £18.00

  1. WOMEN: A CULTURAL REVIEW OUP

1994 Spring, vol 5, no 1; Autumn vol 5, no 2; Winter vol 5, no 3

1995 Summer vol 6, no1; Autumn vol 6, no 2; Winter, vol 6, no 3

1996  Spring vol 7, issue 1; Autumn vol 7, no 2; Winter vol 7, no 3

1997 Sprng vol 8, no 1; Autumn vol 8. no 3

In very good condition – each

[14929]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. WOMEN’S EMPLOYMENT FEDERATION Careers:a memorandum on openings and trainings for girls and women1964

The 21st ed. Soft covers – 146pp – very good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12281]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. WOMEN’S EMPLOYMENT FEDERATION Memorandum on Openings and Trainings for WomenWEF1936

Opportunities for women – from Accountancy to Youth Leadership. Paper covers – good -20pp

[12270]                                                                                                                                                            £15.00

  1. WOMEN’S EMPLOYMENT FEDERATION Women Want to Work:some notes on prospects, training and finding work for the older woman with a good educational backgroundWEF1964

Paper covers – 44pp – good – withdrawn from the Women’s Library

[12271]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. WOMEN’S REVIEW

Founded in 1985. Issues for sale:

1986 June, Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec/Jan 1987

1987 Feb, March, April, May, June, July

In good condition – each

[14924]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. WOODFIELD 1951

Leaflet – folds out to three pages – with one separate page – a brochure for ‘Woodfield’ – a home for children. This is the type of home that doesn’t exist any longer – where parents left their children while they were abroad or otherwise engaged – rather than an orphanage or home for disturbed children. Woodfield was the home of Major and Mrs Whitelocke. ‘Our aim is still to provide at Woodfield the sort of nursery life which was a commonplace in our own childhood, and which made British Nannies so famous throughout Europe that no household of rank was considered complete without one.’

[11792]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

General Postcards

 

  1. 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

[13254]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. ‘BILLIE BURKE’

American actress (1884-1970). From the Hodgson sisters’ collection. In very good condition, with traces of adhesive on the reverse

[14744]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. 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

[9233]                                                                                                                                                              £12.00

  1. MAUDE FEALY

American actress (1883-1971). From the Hodgson sisters’ collection. In very good condition, with traces of adhesive on the reverse.

[14746]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. MISS ELLEN TERRY

photographed by Window and Grove, published by The Rotophot Postcard Co. In very good condition, with traces of adhesive on reverse. From  the Hodgson sisters’ collection

[14739]                                                                                                                                                 £6.00 SOLD

  1. MISS LILY BRAYTON

photograph of the actress and singer (1876-1953). A card from the Hodgson sisters’ collection. On the reverse is written in pencil ‘Ophelia’ suggesting the image shows her in ‘Hamlet’ in which she played Ophelia in 1905. In very good condition – with traces of adhesive on the reverse.

[14743]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. MISS MAXINE ELLIOTT

American actress (1868-1940).. In very good condition, with traces of adhesive on the reverse. From the Hodgson sisters’ collection.

[14745]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. RUTH VINCENT

English actress and opera singer (1877-1955) – photograph by Ralph Dunn of 63 Barbican, London EC. Because the word ‘Amasis’ is written in pencil on the revers of the card, I think it dates from around 1906/7 when Ruth Vincent was appearing in the lead role. In very good condition, with traces of adhesive on the reverse. In very good condition – from the Hodgson sisters’ collection

[14742]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. 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

[12471]                                                                                                                                               £15.00 SOLD

  1. MISS DOROTHEA BAIRD

English actress (1875-1933). In very good condition – with traces of adhesive on the reverse – from the Hodgson sisters’ collection.

[14741]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

 

Sheet Music

 

  1. KITTY GILLOW

poses in top hat and tails – with cigar. A latter-day music-hall actress, she has signed her photograph – which was taken in Jersey in 1964

[10700]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. MISS ELLA SHIELDS B. Feldman1914

sings ‘Just One Kiss – Just Another One’ and is photographed in top hat and tails on the cover of the sheet music. The song was written by William Hargreaves and Dan Lipton. Very god

[10675]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. MISS ELLA SHIELDS Campbell, Connelly & Co1925

sings ‘Show Me the Way to Go Home’, written by Irving King, and is photographed as an awkward young man on the cover of the sheet music. Good

[10678]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. MISS ELLA SHIELDS Lawrence Wright1925

sings ‘When the Bloom is On the Heather’ and is photographed in top hat and tails on the cover of the sheet music. Very good

[10681]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. MISS ELLA SHIELDS Francis, Day & Hunter1927

sings ‘I’m Looking Over a Four Leaf Clover’ and is photographed in close up on the cover wearing her top hat and white bow tie. Fair – some marks on cover

[10682]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. MISS ELLA SHIELDS Lawrence Wright1929

sings ‘Home in Maine’ and is photographed in sailor attire on cover of sheet music. Good

[10688]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. MISS HETTY KING Francis, Day & Hunter1908

sings ‘I’m Afraid to Come Home in the Dark’ and is photographed on the cover of the sheet music in extravagantly elegant top hat and tails. Very good

[10684]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. MISS NORA DELANEY Lawrence Wright1929

sings ‘Glad Rag Doll’ and is photographed in male evening dress on the cover of the sheet music. Good

[10687]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. MISS VESTA TILLEY

photographic postcard of her in waistcoat and trilby, together with a cigarette card of woman in male evening dress. Good – card posted in 1907

[10695]                                                                                                                                                              £6.00

  1. MISS ZENA DARE

photographic postcard of her in male attire. Very good – posted in 1906

[10693]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. ‘MR WINIFRED WARD’

as she signs in ink (real signature) a photograph of herself in evening dress. She was an acclaimed male impersonater in the early 20th century. Fine

[10697]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. VESTA TILLEY Francis, Day & Hunter1905

sings ‘Who Said, “Girls”?’. Sheet music featuring photograph on cover of Vesta Tilley in smart male attire. The ditty begins: ‘One day on a Western claim/Miners vow’d their lives were tame, For in that lonel spot there seldom girls had been.’ Good

[10670]                                                                                                                                                              £7.00

  1. VESTA TILLEY Francis, Day & Hunter1896

sings ‘He’s Going In For this Dancing Now’, sheet music, written by E.W. Rogers. Very good – except that the front cover is semi-detached

[10672]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. WINIFRED WARD

modern reproduction of postcard photograph of her as man-about town. Fine

[10698]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

 

General Fiction – including Poetry

 

  1. AITKEN, David Sleeping with Jane AustenNo Exit Press2000

Facetious crime novel. Soft covers – very good

[12417]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. ANON ( W.R.H. Trowbridge) The Grandmother’s Advice to ElizabethT. Fisher Unwin1902

‘Suggested by the ‘Visits of Elizabeth’  by Elinor Glyn.’ Paper covers – good

[3078]                                                                                                                                                                £6.00

  1. ATTENBOROUGH, Florence G. Cameos and Other PoemsW. Reeves1898

Imitation vellum boards lettered in gilt. With a list of subscribers. Good – scarce

[2051]                                                                                                                                                 £38.00 SOLD

  1. BAILLIE, Joanna A Series of Playsin which it is attempted to delineate the stronger passions of the mindLongman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, & Brown, a new edition1821

A handsome set – newly rebound in cloth

[2509]                                                                                                                                                              £60.00

  1. BARKER, Pat Double VisionPenguin2005

A novel centring on a war reporter returning from Afghanistan. Soft covers – fine

[10468]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. BEHN, Aphra Ten Pleasures of Marriage and the second part ofThe Confession of the New Married Coupleprinted for the Navarre Society1950

With an introduction by John Harvey. Good – corners a little bumped

[12468]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. BERNIKOW, Louise (ed) The World Split Open:four centuries of women poets in England and America, 1552-1950Vintage Books1974

With a preface by Muriel Rukeyser. Soft covers – good

[9887]                                                                                                                                                                £2.00

  1. BINKLEY, Phyllis Et Al (eds) Amazon Expedition:a lesbian feminist anthologyTimes Change Press1973

Includes articles by Joanna Russ and Ti-Grace Atkinson. Paper covers – good

[13294]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. BLATCHFORD, Robert A Bohemian Girl and Mr GinnisClarion Newpaper Co Ltd1901 (r/p)

Good

[2957]                                                                                                                                                              £18.00

  1. BOWERING, Marilyn Visible WorldsFlamingo1999

A novel. Soft covers – very good

[10050]                                                                                                                                                              £2.00

  1. BRACKENBURY, Alison Bricks and BalladsCarcanet2004

Poems. Soft covers – mint

[9854]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. BREEN, Jennifer (ed) Women Romantic Poets 1785-1832:an anthologyJ.M. Dent1992

Soft covers – very good

[10905]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. BRONTE, Emily Wuthering HeightsOUP2009

Text edited by Ian Jack, with an introduction and additional notes by Helen Small. In World’s Classics series. Soft covers

[11721]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. BURFORD, Barbara (ed) A Dangerous Knowing:four black women poetsSheba Feminist Publishers, no date(1980s?)

The other poets are Gabriela Pearse, Grace Nichols and Jackie Kay. Soft covers – mint

[9910]                                                                                                                                                    £4.00 SOLD

  1. CARUS-WILSON, Mrs Ashley Thora:memoirs of a nineteenth-century womanHodder & Stoughton1896

A section from a larger work, ‘Tokiwa and Other Poems’. Good – with library stamp

[4590]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. CLIFT, Charmian Walk to the Paradise GardensHarper & Bros (NY)1960

First US edition of this Australian novel. Very good in very good d/w, which is slightly chipped at top and bottom of spine

[12458]                                                                                                                                                            £25.00

  1. COBHAM, Rhondda And COLLINS, Merle (eds) Watchers & Seekers:creative writing by black women in BritainWomen’s Press1987

Soft covers – fine

[7944]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. DALBY, Richard (ed) The Virago Book of Victorian Ghost StoriesVirago1988

Stories by, among others, Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, Catherine Crowe, M.E. Braddon, Rhoda Broughton, Vernon Lee, Violet Hunt and Mary Cholomondeley. Fine in good d/w

[10714]                                                                                                                                                 £8.00 SOLD

  1. DAWKINS, Cecil CharleyhorsePandora1986

Hardcovers – fine in fine d/w

[5728]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. DOLARO, Selina Bella-Demonia:a dramatic storyHenry J. Drane(c.1890)

[2853]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. DONNELLY, Jennifer A Gathering Lightbloomsbury2004

Set in the Adirondack mountains at the beginning of the 20th century. Soft covers – fine

[10478]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. DUGDALE, Sasha NotebookCarcanet2003

Poems. Soft covers – mint

[9485]                                                                                                                                                                £6.00

  1. DUNSFORD, Cathie Ao Toa:Earth WarriorsSpinifex2004

A New Zealand eco-thriller. Soft covers – mint

[10137]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. EL SAADAWI, Nawal The Circling SongZed Books1989

A novel. Soft covers – fine

[9897]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. FLETCHER, Beryl The Blood Wood GainSpinifex1999

An Australian novel. Soft covers – fine

[10053]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. FLETCHER, Beryl The House at KaramuSpinifex2003

A New Zealand novel. Soft covers – mint

[10136]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. FYFIELD, Frances Safer Than HousesLittle, Brown2005

A London sort-of detective novel. Fyfield’s character is Sarah Fortune – ex-lawyer. Soft cover – large format – fine

[10471]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. GALGOCZI, Erzsébet Another LoveCleis Press1980

‘In 1959, In Budapest, a communist opposing the Soviets is an outlaw, a lesbian unthinkable, and Eva Szalánczky’s got the police on her back…’Soft covers – very good

[13461]                                                                                                                                                              £2.00

  1. GALLOWAY, Janice (ed) Meantime:looking forward to the millennium: an anthology of women’s writingPolygon1991

Collection of short stories, poems and essays based loosely around what was then the approaching millenium. Soft covers – fine

[10899]                                                                                                                                                              £5.00

  1. GASKELL, Elizabeth CranfordOUP2011

With introduction by Dinah Birch. Soft covers – mint

[13428]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. GAWSWORTH, John (ed) The Poetry Review, March-April 1951

Contributors include A.E. Coppard and Viola Meynell. Soft covers – good

[7266]                                                                                                                                                                £2.00

  1. GEE, Sue Earth & HeavenReview2000

Soft covers – fine

[10479]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. GEE, Sue The Mysteries of GlassReview2004

Soft covers – fine

[10477]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. GLAZER, Daphne The Last OasisSumach Press1992

A collection of stories about ordinary working people struggling with moments of change or revelation. Soft covers – very good

[10042]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. GRAHAM, Jorie NeverCarcanet2002

Poems. ‘Filled with the spirit of Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bishop and Gerard Manley Hopkins, the poems also wrestle with the ghosts of Darwin and Lamarch, minutely analysing individual moments of consciousness.’ Soft covers – fine

[9473]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. GREGORY, Philippa A Respectable TradeHarperCollins1995

A novel set in Bristol in 1787 – a Bristol booming on the back of the slave trade. Proof copy – fine

[10466]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. HALL, Sandi Rumours of DreamsSpinifex1999

A novel. Soft covers – fine

[7555]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. HASTINGS, Lady Flora PoemsWilliam Blackwood1841

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

[5816]                                                                                                                                                 £25.00 SOLD

  1. HAWTHORNE, Susan The Falling WomanSpinifex2003 (r/p)

A novel. Soft covers – presentation copy from the author – mint

[10121]                                                                                                                                                 £5.00 SOLD

  1. HITE, Shere The Divine Comedy of Ariadne and JupiterPeter Owen1994

Mint in d/w

[5462]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. HUGHES, Ted WolfwatchingFaber1989

Soft covers – very good

[12032]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. HULL, Gloria T. Healing Heart:poems 1973-1988Kitchen Table: Women of Color Press1989

Soft covers – mint

[9911]                                                                                                                                                    £5.00 SOLD

  1. INGELOW, Jean PoemsGeorge Routledge, no date(c 1900??)

Good – cloth covers faded

[3609]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. IRWIN, Hadley We Are Mesquakie, We Are OneSheba1984

A story of the Mesquakie, American Indians. Paper covers – fine

[5731]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. JESSE, F. Tennyson MoonrakerVirago1981

First published in 1927. Paper covers – very good

[4464]                                                                                                                                                    £3.00 SOLD

  1. KANE, Sarah Complete PlaysMethuen Drama2001

Introduced by David Greig. Comprises ‘Blasted’, ‘Phaedra’s love’, ‘Clansed’, Crave’, ‘4.48 Psychosis’, ‘Skin’. Soft covers – fine

[12029]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. KOPPLEMAN, Susan (ed) Old Maids:short stories by 19th-century US women writersPandora1984

Soft covers – very good

[8122]                                                                                                                                                                £7.00

  1. LEHMANN, Beatrix Rumour of HeavenMethuen, 2nd ed1935

Good

[4120]                                                                                                                                                                £7.00

  1. LEHMANN, John (ed) The London Magazine Nov 1956

Contributions from Mary Hutchinson, Colin Wilson and John  Wain. Paper covers – very good

[8743]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. LEVERSON, Ada Love’s ShadowChapman & Hall1950

Reprint of the 1908 edition. Good

[3086]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. LINGARD, Joan Encarnita’s JourneyAllison & Busby2005

A novel interweaving the life of the writer Gerard Brenan – who arrives in Yegen, in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada, in 1920 –  with that of Encarnita, a young Spanish woman. Other Bloomsberries, Lytton Strachey, Dora Carrington, the Woolfs and Lytton Strachey, pass in and out. Soft covers – fine

[10465]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. LUTYENS, Mary So Near to HeavenMichael Joseph1943

Good in torn d/w

[8352]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. MACDONALD, M.P. Trefoil:the story of a girl’s societyThomas Nelsonno date (c 1908?)

An Australian (Melbourne) girls’ story. Good

[2489]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. MACPHEE, Kona TailsBloodaxe Books2004

Poems. Soft covers – mint

[9484]                                                                                                                                                                £6.00

  1. MARCH, Caeia Fire! Fire!Women’s Press1991

A novel. Soft covers – mint

[7547]                                                                                                                                                    £4.00 SOLD

  1. MARCHANT, Bessie Juliette the Mail-CarrierCollins (r/p), no date

Set in Nova Scotia – young Juliette comes good – taking over the position as mail carrier in her element-battered home region. Sunday School prize dated 1924. Very good

[8047]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. MARTIN, Valerie The Unfinished Novel and Other StoriesWeidenfeld & Nicolson2006

Soft covers – fine

[10469]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. MARTZ, Sandra (ed) If I Had a Hammer:women’s work in poetry, fiction and photographsPapier-Mache Press1990

Soft covers – mint

[6777]                                                                                                                                                                £6.00

  1. MEADOR, Betty Inanna: Lady of the Largest Heart:poems of the Sumerian high priestess, EnheduannaUnivversity of Texas Press2000

Soft covers – very good

[9469]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. MEW, Charlotte The Farmer’s BrideThe Poetry Bookshop, 3rd imp1929

Very good internally – cover sunned around edges

[7693]                                                                                                                                                              £18.00

  1. MILLER, Isabel The Love of Good WomenBlack Swan1988

A novel. Soft covers – very good

[10036]                                                                                                                                                              £3.00

  1. MINER, Valerie MovementMethuen1985

A novel, with introduction by Susan Griffin. Good reading copy – ex-library in d/w

[8780]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. MOHIN, Lilian And SHULMAN, Sheila (eds) The Reachand other stories of lesbian feminist fictionOnlywoman Press1984

Paper covers – very good

[7321]                                                                                                                                                    £3.00 SOLD

  1. NEWLAND, Courttia And SESAY, Kadija (eds) IC3:the Penguin Book of New Black Writing in BritainHamish Hamilton2000

Soft covers – large format – 461pp

[6122]                                                                                                                                                    £8.00 SOLD

  1. NOEL, Lady Augusta From Generation to GenerationElkin Mathews1929

First published in 1879. Very good

[2838]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. OLDHAM, June A Little Rattle in the AirVirago1990

Soft covers – very good

[8775]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. PANSY Esther ReidThomas Nelsonno date (ownership inscription 1910)

Given as a Sunday School attendance prize. Good

[10793]                                                                                                                                                 £7.00 SOLD

  1. PARKER, Derek (ed) An Anthology of Erotic ProseAbacus1981

Soft covers – good reading copy

[9904]                                                                                                                                                                £2.00

  1. PAULL, M.A. Rhoda’s ReformNelsonno date (c 1905?)

Fair – one plate loose

[2842]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. PERKINS, Kathy (ed) Black South African Women:an anthology of playsRoutledge1999

[7221]                                                                                                                                                    £9.00 SOLD

  1. PIERCY, Marge Gone to SoldiersPenguin1988 (r/p)

Soft covers – good reading copy

[10046]                                                                                                                                                 £1.00 SOLD

  1. PIKE, G. Holden Daughters of the Flower Market:a story of four London bouquetieresReligious Tract Society, no date(c 1900?)

Bears a 1904 (boys’) school prize label. Contains a wealth of social observation – and line-drawings

[3612]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. PROCTER, Adelaide Anne Legends and LyricsBell & Daldy, 14th ed1872

Poems by a leading member of the Langham-Place group.  very good – leather, with gilt decorations and all edges gilt

[1585]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. QUINN, Anthony Half the Human RaceCape2011

‘London. In the sweltering summer of 1911, the streets ring to the cheers of the new king’s coronation, and to the cries of suffragist women marching for the vote. One of them is the 21-year-old daughter of a middle-class Islington family fallen on hard times…Forced to abandon her dream of a medical career she is now faced with another hard choice – to maintain lawful protest against an intransigient government or to join the glass-breaking militants in the greatest cause…’ I was, I must admit, surprised to find it engaging and intelligent – rather more convincing than many of the early 20th-century suffragist novels. And there’s a man and cricket in there as well. A good read. Mint in mint d/w – signed by the author

[12485]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. ROBERTS, Denis Kilham (ed) Penguin Parade no. 1PenguinAug 1938 (reprint)

Soft covers – very good

[7263]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. SERGEANT, Adeline Alison’s OrdealJames Nisbetno date (1903?)

By a prolific and very professional novelist.

[2969]                                                                                                                                                    £5.00 SOLD

  1. SHAW, Bernard An Unsocial SocialistVirago1988 (reprint)

Paper covers – fine

[5492]                                                                                                                                                                £2.00

  1. SHERWOOD, Mrs The Happy FamilyHoulston & Sons, new editionno date

A little tract – paper covers. Fine

[3607]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. SIGOURNEY, Mrs (ed. F.W.N. Bailey) The Poetical Works of Mrs L.H. SigourneyG. Routledge1857

Neatly rebound in cloth

[2428]                                                                                                                                                              £10.00

  1. SMEDLEY, Agnes Daughters of EarthVirago1984

Soft covers – fine

[8731]                                                                                                                                                    £3.00 SOLD

  1. SNELL, Roy Norma Kent of the WACSWhitmand Publishing Co (Wisconsin)1943

In the ‘Fighters for Freedom’ series. Norma Kent joined the Women’s Army Corps, never left mainland America, but had lots of adventures and did her part to win the war! Good in d/w

[2448]                                                                                                                                                              £18.00

  1. SOUEIF, Ahdaf In the Eye of the SunBloomsbury1992

‘The Great English Novel about Egypt’/’The Great Egyptian Novel About England’. Very good in d/w. 791pp – heavy

[9927]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. SPENDER, Dale The Diary of Elizabeth PepysGrafton1991

Elizabeth gives her account of life with Samuel. Soft covers – very good

[11232]                                                                                                                                                              £8.00

  1. SWAN, Annie S. Aldersyde:a Border story of seventy years agoOliphant, Anderson, & Ferrier1885 (r/p)

Good reading copy – cover marked

[9697]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. SWAN, Annie S. Carlowrie:or, among Lothian folk  Oliphant, Anderson and Ferrier, no date, reprint(1890s?)

Good reading copy

[9696]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. SWAN, Annie S. The Secret PanelOliphant, Anderson & Ferrier1896 (r/p

Very good in decorative binding

[9701]                                                                                                                                                    £8.00 SOLD

  1. TAYLOR, Kate Madame Proust and the Kosher KitchenVintage2004

Enjoyable novel, Canadian literary researcher in Paris – parallel portraits of old and new worlds. Soft covers – fine

[10470]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. TENNYSON, Mary H. A Cruel DilemmaWarne, no dater/p (c 1895)

Fair

[3066]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. THE LONDON MERCURY April 1935

Includes a couple of poems by Sylvia Townsend Warner. Soft covers – good

[8561]                                                                                                                                                                £8.00

  1. TYTLER, Ann Fraser Leila At HomeT. Hatchard1852

‘A continuatation of ‘Leila in England’. Good in new cloth binding

[3047]                                                                                                                                                              £15.00

  1. VARGAS, Fred The Three EvangelistsHarvill Secker2006

Translated from French by Sian Reynolds. ‘Fred Vargas’ is, in fact, a Frenchwoman, an historian and archaeologist by profession. A detective novel set in Paris. Soft covers – large format – fine

[10472]                                                                                                                                                              £4.00

  1. WALKER, Alice By the Light of My Father’s SmileWomen’s Press1998

A novel.- ‘A story of requited love, crossing over, and the sexual healing of the soul’. Fine in d/w

[14812]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. WHITTLE, Tyler The Young Victoria:a novelHeinemann1971

Good in d/w – though ex-library

[6521]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. WOOD, Mrs Henry A Life’s SecretR.E. King, no date (r/p)

Reading copy

[8360]                                                                                                                                                                £2.00

  1. WOOD, Mrs Henry Mrs Halliburton’s TroublesRichard Bentley1893

Good reading copy

[2863]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. WOOD, Mrs Henry The Red Court FarmMacmillan1908 (r/p)

Good reading copy

[4449]                                                                                                                                                                £3.00

  1. WOOD, Mrs Henry Roland YorkeRichard Bentley1896

Good reading copy

[6190]                                                                                                                                                                £6.00

  1. WOOLFE, Sue Leaning Towards InfinityWomen’s Press1998

A novel. Soft covers – mint

[7565]                                                                                                                                                                £4.00

  1. YONGE, Charlotte M. A Book of Golden DeedsT. Nelson, no date, reprint

Good reading copy

[9698]                                                                                                                                                                £5.00

  1. YONGE, Charlotte M. The Daisy Chain:or, Aspirations. A Family ChronicleTauchnitz1856

Very good in decorative binding

[9705]                                                                                                                                             £15.00 YONGE

  1. YONGE, Charlotte M. The Dove in the Eagle’s NestMacmillan1908 (r/p)

Very good

[9700]                                                                                                                                                                £6.00

 

Women and the First World War

 

  1. CROFTON, Eileen The Women of Royaumont:a Scottish women’s hospital on the Western FrontTuckwell Press1997

Excellent study. Soft covers – very good

[14225]                                                                                                                                                            £12.00

  1. DOUGLAS-PENNANT, Violet Under the Search-Light: the record of a great scandalAllen & Unwin1922

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

[14129]                                                                                                                                                            £85.00

  1. A F.A.N.Y. IN FRANCE Nursing AdventuresWilliam Heinemann1917

Published anonymously, the author was Grace McDougall who served with the FANY in Belgium as well as France. With 14 photographs. In good condition – red cloth cover a little faded. The book bears a label for Marshall and Sons, 14, St Nicholas Street, Scarborough – and the ownership inscription ‘Violet Holden, 1919’.

[14903]                                                                                                                                                            £70.00

  1. HUTTON, I. Emslie With a Woman’s Unit in Serbia, Salonika and SebastopolWilliams and Norgate1928

A doctor, she began working with the Scottish Women’s Hospitals in 1915, first in France and then in the east.  With 13 photographs – 302pp -very good – very scare

[14901]                                                                                                                                                            £90.00

  1. ONIONS, MAUDE A Woman At War:being experiences of an Army Signaller in France in 1917-1919C.W. Daniel Co1929

‘Maude Onions had n 1907 had been a Post Office ‘learner’ in West Bromwich and by 1909 was a telephonist in Liverpool. In 1917 she was sent as a WAAC to France to work there as a signaller. A pithy account of her experience there- and the moral dilemmas with which the War presented her. She later became a pacificst. Originally published privately in 1928. Soft covers -in good condition & very scarce

[14904]                                                                                                                                               £55.00 SOLD

  1. (THURSTAN) Violetta Thurstan Field Hospital and Flying Column:being the journal of an English nursing sister in Belgium and RussiaG.P. Putnam’s1916 (r/p)

Very good – very scarce

[14910]                                                                                                                                                            £65.00

  1. BIBESCO, Princesse La Revue de Parisextrait du numero du 15 mai 1934: Lettres de Combattants AnglaisParis1934

A lengthy review, in French, of ‘War Letters of Fallen Englishmen (Lettres de guerre d’hommes anglais qui sont tombès) 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. The intriguing Princess Bibescco (nèe Elizabeth Asquith, daugher of  H.A. Asquith) was a novelist of some repute,Very good – paper covers – offprint of the journalpaign

[14927]                                                                                                                                                            £10.00

  1. MUNITION WORKERS

– mainly women  -pose for the photographer. They are wearing their caps and the triangular-shaped munition workers badge can be seen pinned to many of the overall dresses. Young men sit at the front – displaying the fruits of their labours – shells.There were a number of munitions factories in Bradford, including the Low Moor munitions factory that suffered a large explosion in 1916. There’s no clue as to the name of the factory in the photograph. The card bears the imprint of the Belle Vue Studios, Bradford – which was one of the best-known in the city and was in business until 1985. Good condition – appears to have been cut down by about 1 cm at some time

[14442]                                                                                                                                                            £35.00

  1. YOUR KING & COUNTRY WANT YOU a woman’s recruiting song  Chappell & Co1914

Sheet music – words & music by Paul A. Rubens. The cover is illustrated by John Hassall. ‘The entire profits from the sale of this song will be devoted to Queen Mary’s “Work for Women” Fund’. ‘Oh! we don’t want to lose you but we think you ought to go. For your King and your Country both need you so; We shall want you and miss you but with all our might and main. We shall cheer you, thank you, kiss you when you come back again’. Makes the spine creep. 6-pp – very good

[14390]                                                                                                                                                            £38.00

  1. DENNYS, Joyce And GORDON, Hampden, and TINDALL, M.C. Our Hospitals A.B.C.John Laneno date (c. 1916)

VAD’s alphabet – by one of them.  Joyce Dennys did the delightful illustrations to match the humourous verses. Very good – grey paper boards – with two small marks (tea/coffee??)  on the cover- internally the images are fresh and sharp

[14899]                                                                                                                                                            £70.00

  1. MARCHANT, Bessie A Girl Munition Worker:a story of a girl’s work during the Great WarBlackie[no date -1st ed 1916?]

Novel of the First World War. May be first edition, as no publishing details are given, but has gift inscription for Christmas 1919 from ‘Mother’ to ‘Miss N. Goodwin’. The lovely pictorial cover is clean and bright – in very goo condition – very scarce

[14913]                                                                                                                                                            £60.00

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In case you are interested in my six books they are ~

 

Art and Suffrage: a biographical dictionary of suffrage artists discusses the lives and work of over 100 artists, each of whom made a positive contribution to the women’s suffrage campaign. Most, but not all, the artists were women, many belonging to the two suffrage artists’ societies – the Artists’ Suffrage League and the Suffrage Atelier. Working in a variety of media –producing cartoons, posters, banners, postcards, china, and jewellery – the artists promoted the suffrage message in such a way as to make the campaign the most visual of all those conducted by contemporary pressure groups.

In the hundred plus years since it was created, the artwork of the suffrage movement has never been so widely disseminated and accessible as it is today, the designs as appealing as they were during the years before the First World War when the suffrage campaign was at its height. Yet hitherto little has been known about most of the artists who produced such popular images. Art and Suffrage remedies this lack and sets their artistic contribution to the suffrage cause within the context of their reanimated lives, giving biographical details, including addresses, together with information on where their work may be seen.

With over 100 illustrations, in black-and-white and in colour.

Published by Francis Boutle     Soft cover                                                £20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

 

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Campaigning for the Vote: The Suffrage Diary of Kate Parry Frye

Edited by Elizabeth Crawford

An extract

‘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

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The Women’s Suffrage Movement 1866-1928: A reference guide

Elizabeth Crawford

‘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

Elizabeth Crawford

Crawford provides meticulous accounts of the activists, petitions, organisations, and major events pertaining to each county.’ Victorian Studies

Routledge, 2008 320pp paperback £30

        Ebook           £26

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Enterprising Women: the Garretts and their circle

Elizabeth Crawford

 

‘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

Copies of all of these books may be bought direct from the publishers or from me or ordered from any bookshop (terrestrial or online)

 

 

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Suffrage Stories: The First Women General Election Candidates, 1918: Edith How Martyn

21 November 2018 marked the 100th anniversary of the passing of the Parliament(Qualification of Women) Act, by which women were for the first time able to stand for election as members of Parliament.

It was only earlier in the year, on 6 February, that some women (over 30 and fulfilling a small property qualification) had at long last been granted the parliamentary vote and now, as the Great War had come to an end, women actually had the prospect of sitting in the House of Commons.

The short bill, passing rapidly through all stages of the parliamentary process with little opposition, granted the right to stand for election to all women over the age of 21, although any woman of that age would have been unable to vote. A curious situation.

With a general election called for 14 December, there was little time for women to organize election campaigns, but in the event 17 women took to the hustings. Over the next couple of weeks I’ll tell you something about each one of these pioneers, taking them alphabetically.

This is the twelfth:

Edith How Martyn, wearing her WFL ‘Holloway’ brooch

Mrs Edith How Martyn, who stood as an Independent candidate (Women’s Parliamentary League) for the Hendon constituency in Middlesex. Unlike many of the women candidates, she did live close to her constituency, in Hampstead Garden Suburb.

Edith How Martyn (1875-1954)  was a lecturer in Mathematics at Westfield College, London,  and a member of the Independent Labour party when she joined the Women’s Social and Political Union in 1906, one of its first London members. She soon gave up her teaching post to devote herself full time to the suffrage movement and in October 1906 was one of the women arrested in the Lobby of the House of Commons, receiving a two-month prison sentence.

In 1907, with Mrs Charlotte Despard, Edith How Martyn broke away from the WSPU to found the Women’s Freedom League. She believed in passive resistance but not in violent militancy. She was honorary secretary of the WFL from October 1907 until 1911 and was then head of the WFL’s Political and Militant department until 1912, when she resigned, ostensibly through illness, but very disappointed with the results achieved by the League.

At one of her first Hendon  election meetings the chair was taken by Miss Councillor E.C. Growse and Alison Neilans, a very active member of the WFL spoke from the platform, mentioning that Edith How Martyn had great experience in political movements, and had taken honors at London University in political science and public administration. Mrs How Martyn mentioned that She stood for sane reform in all directions, and would support any measure which would tend to bring about better conditions of life. She trusted the people of this country did not intend to return in many respects to the kind of life that was tolerated before the war. They had tolerated poverty, disease, ill-health, unequal conditions of income, sweated work and slums. During the war it was realised we had a greater responsibility towards our fellow creatures. She might say, almost without reservation, that she was heartily in support of the Coalition programme, and so long as the Coalition Government carried out that programme, she would be a loyal and hearty supporter of it. But if it departed from the programme or did not attempt to carry it out, then the members of the House of Commons should vote against the Government.

She was in favour of a League of Nations and suggested that the claims of the widows and orphans in the war could be voiced in Parliament just as well by women as by men. She was in favour of everyone having a fair chance in life and more equality between the sexes. Especially did they want the diplomatic profession and the Foreign Office open to women.

She believed Germany and her Allies should make full reparation for all the crimes they had committed.

She was in favour of just as much Free Trade as they could get.

She was in favour of the reform of the House of Lords. One of the first reforms would be to put a few women there; and then the House should be made a more useful Second Chamber than it was now.

Ireland should have Home Rule as quickly as possible, but she did not believe in forcing it upon Ulster by means of machine guns or bayonets. She hoped in time to see separate Parliaments for Ireland, Scotland and Wales – and perhaps two English Home Rule Parliaments – one for the South and one for the North – and then an Imperial Parliament.

She was in favour of the nationalisation of land.

Although it might not be brought about in the next Parliament, some practical steps might be taken in the way of giving more powers to local authorities.

In the 20 December issue of the Hendon and Finchley Times Mrs How Martyn commented ‘Saturday was doubly noteworthy for women, as not only could they vote but could vote for a woman candidate. It was a satisfaction and delight to see women pouring to into the polling stations to use their newly-acquired rights of citizenship.’ She said that she did not really expect to win, although she might have had success in a straight fight with either of the two other candidates. In the event she polled 2067 votes, coming last behind the Unionist (14,431 votes) and Labour (3159 votes). One woman who did turn out to vote for her was Mrs Alice Singer, who, before the War, had been treasurer of the Hendon and Golders Green WSPU. On 14 December 1918 Alice wrote in her diary:   I recorded in favour of Mrs Edith How-Martyn for the new constituency of Hendon. 

Edith How Martyn did not stand again for Parliament, but in 1919 became the first woman member of the Middlesex County Council and was its first woman chairman. She was also actively involved in the birth-control movement and became honorary direction of the Birth Control Information Centre. In 1926 she was founder and first president of the Suffragette Fellowship, which aimed to perpetuate the ‘suffragette spirit’. At the outbreak of the Second World War she emigrated with her husband to Australia.

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Suffrage Stories: The Hodgson Sisters And Their Suffrage Souvenirs

My new catalogue – No 198 – will contain a large collection of suffrage ephemera kept all their lives by three sisters, Edith Lizzie (1881-1958), Florence Emily (1882-1967), and Grace Margaret (1887-1966) Hodgson.

Women of the Hodgson family. With mother, Jemima, in the centre it is thought that Grace is on her right, with Mabel back left, next to Florence and with Edith on the right (Photo courtesy of Mabel’s descendants)

They were the daughters of Edward Hodgson (1857-1919) who was, successively, a linen draper, by 1901 a dairy manager and in 1911 was a ‘dairyman, unemployed’. The 1901 census found Florence, who is described as a ‘telegraphist’ (she worked for the Post Office), staying as a boarder, with a fourth sister, Mabel, at the Sunday School Union Home of Rest in Wykeham Road, Hastings. This would suggest that these sisters, at least, had possibly been teachers at Sunday School. Edith and Grace were back home with their parents, living at 31 Lawford Road, Kentish Town – Grace was a schoolgirl and Edith was working as a pupil teacher.

When the next census was taken, in 1911, Grace, who is now a teacher working for the LCC, and Mabel, a telegraphist, were at home with their parents at 39 Estelle Road, Gospel Oak, Hampstead – but there is no trace of Edith and Florence. There are two ‘Census Resistance’ badges in the collection – perhaps once owned by Edith and Florence. By now they, together with Grace, had been active for some time in the Women’s Freedom League and, as they can be found nowhere else on the census, it is to be presumed that they were following the call to boycott. For by this time all the sisters, except Mabel (who married in 1914), were active members of the Women’s Freedom League. It is likely – because there are items of WSPU ephemera in the collection – that they had originally joined the WSPU, but had then moved over to the WFL.

The collection also contains two very rare badges referring to the right of the subject to petition the King. These are associated with the WFL picket of the House of Commons organised by the WFL between July and October 1909. A postcard to ‘Miss Hodgson’ from Mrs Bettina Borrmann Wells, who organised the picket, makes clear that Edith, at least, took part in the picket.

The collection contains many other badges, as well as sashes worn by the sisters, ribbons that may have been worn as neckties, a miniature WFL pennant representing Holloway Prison, and a home-made ‘dolly bag’ – a green drawstring bag with gold carrying straps, on the front of which is sewn a WFL cloth shield badge. It is very unusual to find items of suffrage dress that have a clear provenance. The sisters’ intense interest in suffrage personalities is demonstrated in the large number of real photographic portrait postcards that they bought – and kept. These include members of the WSPU as well as of the WFL.

The sisters continued supporting the WFL with financial donations until at least 1932.  They continued to live together for the rest of their lives – latterly at 39 Laurier Road, Dartmouth Park, NW5. Family memory has it that the sisters had one each of the house’s three floors.

The sisters were obviously keen to see something of the world – and in 1930 all three travelled to Tangier and two years later Edith and Grace visited Japan. They probably had other adventures – but these are the only ones that survive in the records.

As with the Stevenson Sisters, about whom I wrote last week, no family memory remained of the involvement of Edith, Florence and Grace in the suffrage movement – nor, indeed, anything else of their lives – the fate, as I’ve mentioned before, of the maiden aunt. It is only since one of Mabel’s descendants took the Collection to an auction house that something of their story  has slowly been revealed.

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Suffrage Stories: Ella And Geraldine Stevenson, Suffragette Sisters

Place is important to me and sometimes my attention is caught by an incident occurring somewhere I’ve known well. And so it was that four years ago I noticed that a suffragette ‘outrage’ had taken place at the Richmond Post Office. Ella Stevenson, a WSPU member, was charged with placing a packet containing two tubes of phosphorous in the post box attached to the main Richmond Post Office. In my youth I knew this Post Office very well – it is a rather fine building – 70 George Street – but was long ago abandoned by the PO and is currently a branch of Anthropologie. Quite coincidentally, very soon after I had become aware of this incident and had pictured it in my mind, I was asked to value two hunger-strike medals – one awarded to Ella Stevenson and the other to her sister, Geraldine. Other matters have intervened, but now, four years later, here is something of their story.

Ella and Geraldine Stevenson were two daughters in the large family (12 children, I think) of Leader (1826-1907) and Louisa Stevenson (1828-1913). Leader Stevenson, who was an ‘Australia merchant’, was born in London of non-conformist parents, his wife in Tasmania. In the first decade of the 20th century the family was living at 10 Cumberland Road, Kew.

Both Ella [Ellen] (c. 1860-1934] and Geraldine Stevenson (1866-1949) were financial supporters, in a smallish way, of Mrs Pankhurst’s militant suffrage organisation, the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU) and until October 1910 Ella was Literary Secretary of the Richmond and Kew WSPU.

Ella’s first militant action seems to have taken place on 4 December 1909 when, as ‘Ethel Slade’, she was arrested in Rawtenstall, Lancashire, after breaking windows in the local Liberal Club. She had gone north to protest at a meeting held by a government minister, Lewis Harcourt, but had been barred from the theatre where it was being held. She refused to pay a fine and was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment.  It doesn’t appear that the police had yet discovered her real identity.

The following year, in November 1910, as ‘Ethel Slade’, Ella Stevenson was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment after taking part in demonstrations surrounding the ‘Black Friday’ riot in Parliament Square.

Neither Ella nor Geraldine Stevenson was at home on census night in April 1911 and we may presume they were following the WSPU boycott call. Later in the year, again as ‘Ethel Slade’ Ella was charged with breaking windows in Parliament Street on 21 November – as part of an organised WSPU demonstration (because the government was proposing to bring in a Manhood Suffrage Bill – excluding women). ‘Ethel Slade’ was sentenced to 14 days’ imprisonment.

Now, although I know that Geraldine Stevenson earned a hunger-strike medal, I can find no trace of her among suffragettes arrested by the police nor does her name appear in any news reports. However, when she was breaking windows in Parliament Street ‘Ethel Slade’ was accompanied by a ‘Grace Stuart’, who was, in fact, Geraldine Stevenson, using a pseudonym, but keeping her own initials.

 Both ‘Ethel Slade’ and ‘Grace Stuart’ were released from prison on 12 February 1912. At the ‘Welcome Breakfast’ ‘Ethel Slade’ said it was a great honour for women to go to prison and mentioned that she was going to volunteer for the next deputation.

A few months later, in March 1912, Grace Stuart was sentenced to 6 months’ imprisonment after taking part in an organised WSPU window-smashing campaign – and I suspect it was during this term in Holloway that she earned her hunger-strike medal.

On 5 November 1912, as ‘Ethel Slade’, Ella, with another women, broke 9 plate-glass windows in New Bond Street – and was sentenced to 4 months’ imprisonment. They were protesting against the fact that an amendment to the Irish Home Rule bill that would have allowed for a measure of female suffrage was lost. She went on hunger strike, was forcibly fed, and was released after two weeks.

The former Richmond Post Office

On 5 March 1913  Ella Stevenson was sentenced at the Old Bailey to 9 months’ imprisonment for placing a packet containing two glass tubes of phosphorous in the post box attached to the main Richmond Post Office. It had burst into flames. It is more than likely that she had been given the phosphorous by Edwy Clayton, an analytical chemist of ‘Glengariff’, Kew Road, Kew, whose wife was honorary secretary of the Richmond and Kew WSPU. Around the time of Ella’s sentence, Clayton was charged with conspiracy to commit damage (supplying bomb-making information and materials) and sentenced to 21 months’ imprisonment. He went on hunger strike, was released under the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act and eluded re-arrest.

When sentencing Ella Stevenson the Recorder said that it was impossible for people to be allowed to go about defying the law because they require some change made in it. Such a condition of affairs would lead to a state of barbarism. Defendant replied that she would go to prison to carry on the fight as she had carried it on outside’.

No women were allowed in court during her trial and Ella specifically asked for a ‘lady reporter’ to be allowed in court and had also asked for her sister [Geraldine?] to be present. But the Recorder was adamant – ‘No women’. There was something of an outcry about the exclusion of women, and the Commissioners of the Central Criminal Court quickly decided that this would not happen in future.

Ella Stevenson went on hunger strike as soon as she got to Holloway and was forcibly fed. Extraordinary vitality is a splendid thing to have outside prison, it is tiresome inside. I am not downhearted she is reported as saying. A report in Votes for Women, 11 April 1913, described how her nostrils were severely injured by forcible feeding and one of her teeth had been knocked out when members of the prison staff were trying to force her mouth open. The Governor reported: ‘the task has been very difficult and disagreeable one owing to her violent resistance; but the medical officer reports that though she exhausts herself by her resistance, there are no serious ill-effects. As to her teeth, the facts are that on one occasion she bit the rubber shield over the doctor’s finger and broke a tooth which was a mere shell owing to decay .Her lip has been sore from an attack of herpes but is now better. These details are distressing and I should be glad to advise a remission of sentence if it were not almost certain that she would on her release commit further offences. I need not say that a strict watch is kept over her condition and every care taken to prevent her injuring herself.’ It is clear, from a letter written to the Home Office by Geraldine Stevenson, that it was one of Ella’s front teeth that was broken – a rather distressing thing to happen to a middle-aged woman in Edwardian Britain

A 17 April 1913 report from Holloway Prison shows that she was given 2.5 pints of  ‘Horlicks, Brand’s Essence, Allenbury’s Milk and egg – fed twice by oesophageal  tube. Violently resistive the whole time.’

Ella was eventually released from prison on 28 April under the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act – the Temporary Discharge of Prisoners Act, one of the first four prisoners released under the Act. She did not return to Holloway on 12 May as required – but was re-arrested on 7 August 1913, while selling The Suffragette in Richmond, and was taken back to Holloway to continue her sentence. Her mother had died at home in Kew just over two weeks earlier – on 19 July 1913.

Ella again went on hunger strike and was released on 14 August under the terms of the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Act. While in prison she broke windows and her conduct was deemed ‘Bad’. A Report from the prison’s medical officer (13 August) Medical Officer mentioned that she ‘has forsaken sleep owing to constantly recurring dreams that she has swallowed a drop of water by mistake. Feels extreme satisfaction on finding it is only a dream.’

A ‘Wanted’ Notice for Ella Stevenson appeared in the Supplement to the Police Gazette 2 January 1914. ‘Wanted – for failing to return to Holloway Prison on 22 Aug 1913, as required by the conditions of her discharge under the Prisoners’ Temporary Discharged Act (1913), Ella Stevenson, alias Ethel Slade CRO No S/165568, age refused (about 45), height 5ft 6in; complexion sallow; hair light brown turning grey, and eyes  grey.’

Perhaps as a result of this publicity, on 23 January 1914 Ella Stevenson was re-arrested,  was once again taken to Holloway, where once again she adopted a hunger-and-thirst strike and was released a few days later (under the ‘Cat and Mouse’). She was arrested again on 17 March, released on 19 March, and re-arrested 23 June, and released 27 June. She described this last occasion: I was arrested in Richmond very early on Tuesday morning, June 23. I attempted to strike the man who arrested me, but was taken to Richmond Police Station where I was held until 2 oclock and then taken through the streets of Richmond firmly grasped by two men in uniform. Finding the procession was to be of this very public nature, I decided to make the most of the opportunity to get the people to understand, if possible, what was happening. I resisted the whole way telling the people that I was resisting an iniquitous Act on principle. I gave them as much information as I could in the time, and at the railway station and afterwards in the carriage, when several people got in with us, I was able to appeal to them and reason with them without interruption.The Suffragette, 10 July 1914. Once back in Holloway she again went on a hunger-and-thirst strike, was released on 27 June and does not appear to have been re-arrested before the outbreak of war on 4 August brought the WSPU campaign to an end.

Picturing Ella Stevenson’s activity in George Street and, eventually, that enforced march through Richmond certainly enlivened my rather tedious wait at the bus stop opposite the station as I was on my to the National Archives last week. And, once there, I met her again in files describing her treatment in Holloway and her resistance to it. No real knowledge of the part she and her sister played in the fight for the vote – or, indeed, anything else at all of their lives – has survived within her family. Such is the fate, noted time and time again, of the maiden aunt.

P.S. For a Museum of London surveillance photograph of Ella Stevenson, probably taken when she was in Holloway – see here.  

And, quite coincidentally, the Museum of London was earlier this year given the illuminated scroll awarded to Ella Stevenson by the WSPU after one of her imprisonments. All the pieces of the Stevenson jigsaw are falling into place.

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Suffrage Stories: The Fabian Stained Glass Panel And Its Suffrage Connections

Fabian stained glass panel, by Caroline Townsend, 1911

When I gave a keynote talk  -‘ Surrounded by Suffrage: Situating Shaw, Wells and the LSE in Suffrage Sites’ – at the joint H.G. Wells Society/Shaw Society’/ LSE Language Centre conference at LSE on 23 September 2017 the constraints of time meant that I was unable to include all that I would have liked to have said about this stained glass panel. I am, therefore, taking the opportunity my blog affords of relaying a little more of my research into this most interesting artefact.

The panel may be construed as a political allegory on the early years of the Fabian Society. Its artist was Caroline Townshend (1878-1944).

Received opinion has it that it was Bernard Shaw who designed the panel and I can find no original evidence one way or the other to back or disprove the claim. Received opinion – such as the article about the window on the LSE website – also has it that Caroline Townshend was commissioned to make it by GBS. However, I have discovered an item in the London Daily News, 8 November 1911, that explicitly states ‘The political allegory in stained glass which Miss Caroline Townshend, the well-known artist, has just completed for Mrs G.B. Shaw, conveys a good deal of humour and not a little kindly satire’.

It would hardly be surprising if it were Mrs Charlotte Shaw who had commissioned the work. The artist, Caroline Townshend, was not only a fellow Fabian but her own first cousin. Charlotte’s father, Horace Payne-Townshend, was half-brother to Caroline’s father, Chambrey Corker Townshend. Horace, as the first born, had inherited the greater part of the Townshend estate – allowing his daughters to be brought up in considerable comfort – while the family of Chambrey Townshend were very much less financially secure.

Both these fathers seem to have been rather ineffectual characters, married to very much more assertive wives. However, while Horace’s wife, Charlotte’s mother, was a frivolous termagant, Caroline’s mother, Emily Townshend, was much- admired, intellectually curious, and socially conscious. As Emily Gibson she had been one of the Girton Pioneers – one of the five first students at the college at Hitchen that later became Girton. One of her fellow Pioneers was Isabella Townshend, whose brother, Chambrey,  Emily married in 1873. She had left Hitchin the year before without completing her degree course.

My researches (see here) indicate that Isabella Townshend had left Hitchen at the same time and then set up as an interior decorator with a Mrs Hartley Brown (whom I’ve so far been unable to identify). Emily Faithfull, when discussing new trade opportunities that were opening for women, mentioned in Three Visits to America (1884) that ‘Mrs Hartley Brown and Miss Townshend, soon after entering into partnership, were appropriately employed in decorating Merton College, and devised with much success some new stuffs for the chairs and sofas for the use of Cambridge girl graduates.’ (‘Merton College’ was an early manifestation of what became Newnham.)

Another of Chambrey Townshend’s sisters, Anne, was involved from 1888, when she was its first secretary, until 1910 with the Ladies’ Residential Chambers Company (the founders of which included Agnes Garrett and Millicent Fawcett – for more on the LRC see here). She had trained as a nurse, been a matron at the Hospital for Hip Disease in Childhood  before by 1882 moving into philanthropic administration as secretary of the Metropolitan Association for Befriending Young Servants (MABYs).

These interesting women were  cousins to Charlotte Payne-Townshend, the future Mrs GBS, although  there is nothing about them in her biography by Janet Dunbar or, as far as I can discover, in any of the many biographies of Bernard Shaw.  Charlotte fervently lamented the sterility of her early life and one wonders if she knew anything of the enterprises undertaken by her cousins. If she had, one imagines she would have rather envied them.

In the 1870s Isabella and Chambrey Townshend moved in artistic socialist circles, as close friends of Walter and Lucy Crane. Chambrey was an architect of whom his wife later wrote  ‘Chambrey Townshend had little push and no business ability to back up his remarkable artistic abilities.’ He worked as an assistant for George Edmund Street but never set up his own practice. Emily eventually decided that the family could live cheaper abroad and this they did – in France and Switzerland – from 1886 until 1893.

Caroline  was born in 1878, the fourth of Emily and Chambrey’s five children. After the family’s return from Europe she was for a time a pupil at Wycombe Abbey School before, by 1901, becoming a pupil to the leading stained-glass artist, Christopher Whall.

Caroline Townshend (courtesy of LSE Archives)

Charlotte Shaw was twenty years older than Caroline Townshend and had been brought up in very much more financially secure circumstances – yet she, Caroline, and Emily came to share the same social and political philosophy. Whether or not there had been earlier contact it is certain that in the early years of the 20th century their paths most certainly did cross – all being early members of the Fabian Society. Even so, the names of Emily and Caroline Townshend do not occur in Shaw’s published letters, although the LSE archives holds a few photographs showing Caroline’s sister, Rachel, on holiday in Wales with Charlotte Shaw (see, for instance, here).

So, if the Shaws were thinking of commissioning a stained glass panel, they knew they had an artist in the family who could accomplish it. Or, could it have been the other way round? Perhaps having a stained-glass artist in the family was too good an opportunity to miss. Perhaps Charlotte Shaw thought she must put her cousin’s talent to use. Did she discuss with GBS how this might be achieved? And did he then sketch out that political allegory? There are so many mysteries surrounding the panel. What was the purpose behind the commission? Where had they intended to place it? In their London apartment at 10 Adelphi Terrace –or at their country home Ayot St Lawrence – or in the Fabian Office? Whatever the intention, the panel was still in Caroline Townshend’s possession at the time of her death in 1944.  It seems very odd that it should have been discussed in the press in 1911 – and yet wasn’t claimed by one or other of the Shaws. Was Caroline paid for it?

Caroline also retained the original design for the panel – the cartoon – which in 1954 was given by Joan Howson, her artistic and life partner (they traded as Townshend and Howson) to Wimbledon’s William Morris House in memory of Emily and Caroline Townshend.  Emily Townshend had lived in Wimbledon and, with Caroline, was a shareholder in Wimbledon Labour Halls Co-operative Society Limited – also known as William Morris House.

Information on the William Morris House website (see here) states that the Fabian Society panel was made at the William Morris Works at Merton. I think this is probably mistaken. Emily and Caroline Townshend had in 1931 given WMH two Burne-Jones windows. These had been given by Burne-Jones to Chambrey Townshend and would have been made at the William Morris Works, but Caroline Townshend’s panel was almost certainly made at the Glass House, Lettice Street, Fulham, where she had a studio from c 1910 until the 1920s.

The Glass House had been set up in 1906 by a stained glass craftswoman, Mary Lowndes, to provide facilities for other stained glass artists and had proved most successful in attracting young women to the craft. Mary Lowndes was one of the founders of the Artists’ Suffrage League but I’ve found no clear evidence that Caroline Townshend was a member. The ASL records (held in the Women’s Library@LSE) are scanty but, as Mary Lowndes’ involvement with preparations for suffrage events was at times overwhelming, Caroline Townshend must have been only too well aware of all that activity and it would seem likely that, even if she were not a formal member, she would have lent a hand on occasion. Anyway, if she wasn’t an active suffrage supporter, her mother and sister certainly were. In 1907, Emily Townshend, then aged 57, spent two weeks in Holloway after being involved in a suffragette protest and in 1909 was followed by Rachel, who spent two months in prison. Caroline was living at home during this time and could not but help be swept up in the drama. So, by the time Caroline Townshend received the Fabian commission in 1910, she was surrounded by suffrage talk and activity at home and at work.

Of the kneeling female figures that on the far right is Caroline Townshend and two of the other figures demonstrate a strong connection between Fabianism and suffrage. The figure third from the right is Mary Hankinson, who was a very active suffragette – and from 1905 until 1948 a member of the Fabian Society. A teacher of physical education, she was hired in 1907 to give instruction in Swedish drill and country dancing at the first Fabian Summer School – funded by Charlotte Shaw – and from then until 1938 she was general manager of all Fabian summer schools. She was also a member of the Women’s Freedom League, one of the militant suffrage societies, and was president of the Gymnastic Teachers’ Suffrage Society. Her brother was Unitarian chaplain to Holloway prison and was used by Christabel Pankhurst as a conduit of information to and from suffragette prisoners. The suffrage collection he amassed includes a copy of Saint Joan presented to Mary Hankinson by Shaw, who wrote in it a very Shavian inscription ‘To Mary Hankinson, the only woman I know who does not believe she was a model for Joan, but also the only woman who actually was.’

On the stained glass panel between Mary Hankinson and Charlotte Townshend is the figure of Mabel Atkinson, who was a postgraduate student at LSE, a member of the executive committee of the Fabian Society from 1909 until 1915 and chairman of the Suffrage Section of the Fabian Women’s Group when it was formed in 1911. She was involved with Mary Hankinson in the development of the Summer School and was also a donor to and speaker for the WSPU.

In passing it’s worth noting a little remarked fact – that Charlotte Shaw was one of the WSPU’s most generous benefactors: for instance in March 1908 she gave them £100 and on 21 June took part in a spectacular WSPU procession – walking with the Fabians under the Society’s banner, which was carried by Maud Pember Reeves. Shaw watched from the pavement as she passed.

You can read more here about the iconography of the Fabian stained glass panel  and of its rather idiosyncratic history between 1944 and 2006, when it finally came to rest in the care of LSE. There it has most appropriately been installed in the Shaw Library, a room that commemorates not GBS, but Charlotte Shaw, who was a most generous benefactor to the LSE.

Charlotte Shaw was a very interesting woman – who evaded the limelight. At the Shaw/Wells/LSE conference we were treated to an excerpt from ‘Mrs Shaw Herself’ – a one-woman show – with musical accompaniment- about her. I thoroughly enjoyed this and thought I must let you all know that there will be a full perfomance next Saturday (30 Sept 2017) in St Lawrence Church in Ayot St Lawrence, the village where she and GBS made their home.

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Suffrage Stories: Hidden From History? – Florence And Beatrice Sotheran

On 4 April 2016 I gave a talk in the House of Commons at the Regional Suffrage Conference – one of the activities organised by Vote100 in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of (partial) women’s enfranchisement in 2018. I had been asked to speak on the methods that we can all use to recover something of the lives of hitherto unknown suffrage campaigners – the foot soldiers of the movement. I called the talk ‘Hidden from History?: using genealogical data to recover the lives of suffragettes’.

As a demonstration of what can be done – and the techniques used – I picked at random a few names from those who appeared in the Contributors’ List in Votes for Women, the newspaper published by the Women’s Social and Political Union, in the weeks of 7 and 14 April 1911. Over the next few days I will post their stories.

The first name I discussed was Sybil Campion and the second was Miss Susan Cunnington – who each donated 5 shillings to the Cause. The third was Yevonde Cumbers, who turned out to be less hidden from history than most, and the fourth was ‘Miss S.A. Turle’ whose sister, Caroline, was, I saw, also a generous donor.

Two others, grouped together on the 7 April list, appeared to be sisters – Florence and Beatrice Sotheran. Being a bookseller the name ‘Sotheran’ means something to me – Henry Sotheran’s  is a very long-established bookshop in Sackville Street –  off Piccadilly. And sure enough when I checked I found they were the twin daughters – at least I assume they were twins as they were both born in 1866 – of Henry Sotheran.

At first I thought that they were missing from the 1911 census – but one does have to check – and I found them in the Welsh census – on holiday in Barmouth. A Google search revealed the fact that both sisters were included on the Suffragette Roll of Honour – a list of suffragette prisoners that was compiled in the 1950s by the Suffragette Fellowship.

Armed with that information I then turned to one of the newer sources of information that is now available on Ancestry – the National Archives file that contains police records of suffragettes arrested.

Entry for the Sotheran sisters in the 'England - Suffragettes Arrested 1906-1914' (courtesy of The National Archives and Ancestry.co.uk)

Entry for the Sotheran sisters in the ‘England – Suffragettes Arrested 1906-1914’ (courtesy of The National Archives and Ancestry.co.uk)

I used to study this on my visits to the National Archives and think how wonderfully useful it was. And now it is available to all of us. Well, five months or so before they gave their April 1911 donations both sisters had been arrested and appeared at Bow Street Magistrates Court. The file gives the date – 19 November 1910– so I turned to look at the relevant copy of Votes for Women – and sure enough in the 25 November 1910 issue the WSPU had included brief biographies of all those arrested. That for the Sotherans tells us that ‘they are two constitutional suffragists who have been morally forced to take up militancy through the utter failure of quiet, Law-abiding methods of agitation’.

They had been arrested in the aftermath of Black Friday – when women went en masse to Downing Street. The Aberdeen Journal – found in the Findmypast collection of British Library newspapers – contains a vivid account of the scene and lists Beatrice and Florence Sotheran amongst those arrested.

So here, again, is an insight into the mindset of a couple of WSPU foot-soldiers. They were reasonably well-off, they neither needed to or – apparently – wanted to work for a living (although they may have devoted themselves to ‘good works’), but they were quite prepared to flout the law in pursuit of the parliamentary vote.

Sadly  I see that Florence died in September 1918 and would never have had the opportunity to exercise her parliamentary vote. Beatrice, however, lived for another 20 years and would have been able to vote on numerous occasions.

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Suffrage Stories: Hidden From History? – Miss S.A. Turle

On 4 April 2016 I gave a talk in the House of Commons at the Regional Suffrage Conference – one of the activities organised by Vote100 in the lead up to the 100th anniversary of (partial) women’s enfranchisement in 2018. I had been asked to speak on the methods that we can all use to recover something of the lives of hitherto unknown suffrage campaigners – the foot soldiers of the movement. I called the talk ‘Hidden from History?: using genealogical data to recover the lives of suffragettes’.

As a demonstration of what can be done – and the techniques used – I picked at random a few names from those who appeared in the Contributors’ List in Votes for Women, the newspaper published by the Women’s Social and Political Union, in the weeks of 7 and 14 April 1911. Over the next few days I will post their stories.

The first name I discussed was Sybil Campion and the second was Miss Susan Cunnington – who each donated 5 shillings to the Cause. The third was Yevonde Cumbers, who turned out to be less hidden from history than most, and when I put the fourth name, ‘Miss S.A. Turle’, into Google I managed straightaway to identify her as Miss Sophia Adelaide Turle, a literary editor and musician whose personal papers are now at Girton.

The Girton archive listing gives brief background information on Sophia and her family – her father was at one time organist at Westminster Abbey -and mentions that she was a supporter of a range of women’s educational institutions and of the suffrage movement. To quote from the archive listing ‘Miss Turle gave a small donation from her dress allowance to Girton in very early days. Though not rich, she was generous and gave money unasked and without ostentation to women’s causes.’

The Girton archive holds her diaries from 1877 to 1889 and the catalogue specifically mentions that Sophia attended numerous women’s suffrage meetings (both public meetings and smaller committee meetings), made regular payments of subscriptions to the Women’s Suffrage Society, and helped with the getting of names for petitions in favour of the franchise for women’.So here was the woman who is listed in the 7 April 1911 issue of Votes for Women as giving £4 3s 6d to the WSPU.

I then had a look at the 1911 census with no very great expectations of finding anything particularly interesting – Sophia was now 70 years old – and when Jill Liddington and I researched the census we did tend to find it was younger women who protested. But there in the listing was ‘S.A. Turle’ – it’s always a hopeful sign for the researcher of census boycotters to see initials rather than a full name. But there would have been no way of identifying her as a census resister without knowing her name to look up – she is what I called an ‘unknown unknown’

1911 census form for Miss Sophia Adelaide Turle (courtesy of The National Archives and Ancestry.co.uk)

1911 census form for Miss Sophia Adelaide Turle (courtesy of The National Archives and Ancestry.co.uk)

But when I clicked on the form I was gratified to find that she had written across it ‘As it has been legally pronounced, so far as the parliamentary vote is concerned, that a woman is not a ‘person’, I decline to fill in this census’. So here was a woman who had been involved with the suffrage campaign throughout the last quarter of the 19th century and was now taking militant action in the 20th.  Details for Sophia Turle and her maid had then been filled in by the enumerator.

In the same week her sister, Caroline, who had moved out of London to Dorset, gave £20 to the WSPU – and £2 the following week. She, too, is missing from the 1911 census – and died just over a month later (for short pieces about her see issues of Votes for Women for 2 and 30 June 1911). So behind those brief listings of donations, chosen at random, lies the story of a lifetime of support for women’s causes.

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