Lives of the Queens of England. Agnes STRICKLAND.
Lives of the Queens of England
Lives of the Queens of England
Lives of the Queens of England

Lives of the Queens of England

London: Henry Colburn, 1840-1848. First Edition. Three quarter calf. Octavo, Tan three quarter calf over yellow marbled boards, matching marbled endpapers, five raised ridges to spine, red panel with gilt title, black panel with author’s name and volume number in gilt.

Volume one: 1840, [12] comprising half title, frontis and illustrated title, title, dedication, contents, 378pp., frontis and illustrated title page lightly foxed, as is the last free endpaper. Very good.

Volume two: 1840, [8] comprising frontis and illustrated title, title, contents, 431pp., [1] Advertisement for Vol 3, all edges marbled, frontis portrait and illustrated title page are lightly age toned and foxed, likewise last blanks. Very Good.

Volume three: 1840, 448pp. Very slight foxing to portrait frontis and title page. Otherwise clean. “G.G. Foster” on the verso of ffep. Leaves are lightly age toned. Very good.

Volume four: 1842, [8] comprising frontis and illustrated title, title, dedication, contents, 447pp., a couple of light marks on leather minor foxing to eps, frontis and illustrated title page. Very Good.

Volume five: 1844, [6] comprising frontis and illustrated title, title, contents, 441pp., all edges marbled, frontis portrait and illustrated title page are lightly age toned. Fine. Loosely inserted at p.163 a list of items purchased from A.E. Sawyer M.P.S. at 100 High Street Southwold by Lady Ferguson, The Middle House, £80.1.1/2.

Volume six: 1843, [12] comprising half title, frontis and illustrated title, title, dedication, notice to the reader, contents, 501pp., [1] Advertisement, all edges marbled, frontis portrait and illustrated title page are lightly age toned with a small cluster of fox marks, Very Good.

Volume seven: 1844, [10] comprising half title, frontis and illustrated title, title, dedication, contents, 2.
485pp., all edges marbled, Bookplate of Georgina Gertrude Foster by T. Rough, frontis portrait and illustrated title page are lightly age toned, one or two fox marks, Very Good.

Volume eight: 1848, 478pp, retaining some of the marbling to edges of leaves, Bookplate of Georgina Gertrude Foster by T. Rough, frontis portrait and illustrated title page are lightly age toned. Some foxing to last gathering. Very good.

Volume nine: 1846, [10] comprising half title, frontis and illustrated title, title, dedication, 429pp., Bookplate of Georgina Gertrude Foster by T. Rough, minor foxing to half title, frontis portrait and illustrated title page are lightly age toned. Very Good.

Volume ten: 1847, [10] comprising half title, frontis and illustrated title, title, dedication, contents, 416pp., Bookplate of Georgina Gertrude Foster by T. Rough, minor foxing to half title, otherwise fine.

Volume eleven: 1847, 440pp., [2] postscript, all edges marbled, Bookplate of Georgina Gertrude Foster by T. Rough, frontis portrait and illustrated title page. Title, dedication, contents. First and last gatherings a little foxed. Otherwise fine.

Volume twelve: 1848, 462pp., retaining some of the marbling to edges of leaves, Bookplate of Georgina Gertrude Foster by T. Rough, frontis portrait and illustrated title page. Fine. Fine. Item #76

“Miss Strickland was the first woman to force an entry into the State Paper Office and the permit wrung from Lord Normanby after Lord John Russell had dismissed her application is among the exhibits shown.” (from AGNES STRICKLAND. Centenary of the Queens of England 1840 – 1940).

Agnes and Jane Margaret Strickland were sisters in a literary Victorian family. Of seven Strickland children all but one became authors. Agnes was first published as a poet but is best known for her historical biographies. The proceeds from Jane Margaret's schoolbook Rome, Regal and Republican: A Family History of Rome, edited by her sister Agnes, gave her the means to purchase her own cottage. The items now on offer were once part of a larger one that also included books and correspondence from two sisters who moved to Canada with their husbands: Susanna Moodie and Catherine Parr Traill, well known authors in their own right. The original collection passed from Agnes and Jane Margaret to Georgiana Fanny Julia Foster, a lifelong resident of Southwold and staunch defender of its heritage. Una Pope Hennessey warmly acknowledged Fanny Foster in her 1940 biography of Agnes Strickland:

When baffled by having drawn the usual sources of enquiry blank, I began to believe that Miss Strickland was the rarest of all human species, a celebrity who had disappeared leaving no trace behind: it was Miss Foster who said to me ‘Try Canada!’ Try Canada I did and for this counsel as well as for ready help with photography and introductions to persons who still remember the Strickland sisters I hereby register my appreciation and gratitude. (Hennessey, p.vii).

From Fanny Foster the collection passed to Mrs May Hunter and was then acquired by Norfolk bookseller David Ferrow. In 2000 he agreed to separate it in order for a private Queensland collector to acquire the books by Agnes and her sister Jane Margaret. A handful of items have clearly been added over the years (e.g. Hennessey’s biography), but most of the collection of 40 items can be traced back to the Stricklands, Reydon Hall and Park Cottage. Highlights include an association set of The Queens of Scotland with corrections for the second and third editions, a number of signed or inscribed copies, a number of her works in first edition, and this handsomely bound first edition set of The Lives of the Queens of England.

Price: $2,000.00

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