London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1852-1859. Cloth. [Association set with volumes edited by the author(s)].
Volume one and two are second edition with corrections for third edition. Volumes 3- 8, are first editions, volumes 7 & 8 with corrections for the second edition. Octavo, uniformly bound by John Gray, Edinburgh, in blind-stamped cloth with gilt crest on top boards and gilt titles on spine, yellow eps.
Volume one: 1852 Second edition.  comprising frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, contents, illustrations; xvii, , 405pp., 22pp., publisher’s advertisements. Clearly written on top board “For 3rd Edition / Important as new Printing errors have occurred in Edition 2”.Corners, bumped, head and foot of spine are tender. Bookplate of Georgina Gertrude Foster by T. Rough, inscription on ffep “from Agnes Fitzgibbon May 1910”. Minor notes in pencil and ink.
Volume two: 1859 Second edition, corrected copy for third edition.  comprising frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, list of illustrations; 453pp.,  publisher’s advertisements. Minor marginalia including edition change and date change on title page, editorial notes for ‘Mary of Lorraine” inserted at p.127 on a piece of blue paper. A Very Good copy.
Volume three: 1852 (12) comprising publisher’s advertisement, half title, frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, list of illustrations; 375pp., (8) publisher’s advertisements. Cloth covers marked, joint abraded, corners bumped and worn, top edge dust toned. Text unmarked. Good.
Volume three: 1852. (10) comprising half title, frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, list of illustrations; 375pp., (8) publisher’s advertisements. Cloth covers marked, large chip to head of spine, front joint starting, corners bumped, top edge dust toned. Previous owner’s stamp on title page. Text unmarked. Good.
Volume four: (8) comprising frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, list of illustrations, 384pp., (8) publisher’s advertisements. Top board slightly marked, head and foot of the spine are pushed, top joint at front is starting, top edge dust toned, text unmarked. Very Good.
Volume five: 1854, (8) comprising frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, list of illustrations,374pp., 8pp. publisher’s advertisement. Spine a trifle faded, top edge dust toned, head and foot of spine are pushed, slight wear to front joint, internally clean and bright, no notes. Very good. 3.
Volume six: 1854, tipped in publisher advert at ffep., (8) comprising frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, list of illustrations, note; 402pp., 6pp. puplisher’s advertisements. There is a diagonal tear at p.397 (no loss). Unmarked. A very good copy.
Volume seven: 1858  comprising frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, illustrations; 509pp., 16pp.+ 2pp. Advertisements, another advertisement for Volume 8 tipped in at the beginning. “Corrected for reprint” written in ink on the top board. Notes in the margin and on tipped in bits of paper, most substantially at p.53 where a paragraph has been entirely re-written on a number of notes stuck together. Plain card loosely inserted reads “With Kindest regards to the author’s best friend Christmas 1898”. Corners bumped, small abrasion on top board under the gilt crest, tissue guard tanned, otherwise very good overall.
Volume eight: 1859  comprising frontis, illustrated titlepage, titlepage, contents, illustrations; 416pp., 16pp. [Advertisements]. Loosley inserted: typewritten card “First edition Agnes Strickland’s Queen of Scotland with her corrections for the Second Edition. Tipped in at p.282 a note from “your sincere admirer till death, Spero” and loosely inserted between its pages a “copy of French letter from Sophia to Sir Chas Cathet [?] dated Hanover le 25 of Avril 1660”. In black ink on top board “Corrected Copy” and on spine “For 2nd Edition”. Notes in margins throughout. Very Good. Good. Item #77
“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 a handsomely bound first edition set of The Lives of the Queens of England, a number of signed or inscribed copies, and this association set of The Queens of Scotland with corrections for the second and third editions.