London: Swann, Sonnenschein and Co, 1892. First Edition. Crown octavo, 28 pp. + 36  (unpaginated, the text of Meredith's poem); 8 full page illustrations together with Meredith's text hand lettered and decorated by Housman; t.e.g.; cream paper covered boards with unsigned binding design in red by Housman, lettered in red; A HOUSEMAN A.N.s. LAID IN. The note is on Housman's personal pale blue stationery with the address of his Pembroke Cottages residence printed at the top.
A near fine copy with light toning and rubbing to the extremities. Unopened and Internally unblemished apart from faint offsetting from the A.N.s. being laid in.
The note is in near fine condition with a small mark to the rhs of the top page, a horizontal crease across both pages and the verso of the second page has a fine line of a previous attachment.
The note reads: Dear Mr Rowley/ I have managed with my producer for Sunday/ Oct 8th to be free. I'm/ afraid that may not suit/ the playgoers who do not/ begin so early, but it/ is the date you originally/ asked for, so it will/ content you, I presume./ I forget which day you said were returning/ home: but I send this/ to what I take to be/ your more fixed address./ The title of my lecture/ is "What is Womanly", and/ it takes about an hour./ Yours sincerely/ Laurence Housman. Item #1381
This is the first published copy of Jump to Glory Jane, though it had appeared previously in a "piratical" leaflet in 1889. Three years later Meredith wrote to James Marshall admitting he had heard of the leaflet but nver seen it, and expressed bemusement that a poem by a writer "whose verse is not popular" should have been chosen for a fraudulent publication. (Buxton Forman 26 & 27).
Artist and writer Laurence Houseman was a well known supporter of the suffragette movement. As his biographer Cockin writes, "Laurence and Clemence Housman moved to 1 Pembroke Cottages, Edwardes Square, Kensington, London.... This became the headquarters of the Suffrage Atelier, a society which produced banners and artwork for the movement. Housman took part in the Hyde Park demonstration of 1908. Clemence Housman was imprisoned in October 1911 during another campaign of passive resistance in support of women's enfranchisement: tax resistance. Housman was disgusted by the sexual discrimination in favour of male supporters of women's suffrage, as his arrest for protesting against the forcible feeding of hunger-striking suffragists, unlike that of the female protesters, did not result in imprisonment."