[STANESBY, Samuel, illuminator]. [Joseph JOHNSON]. ~ Clever Girls of our Time: and how they became famous women; whose lives furnish an incentive and encouragement to effort and endurance, and whose example stimulates to industry and perseverance... second edition. London: Darton and Hodge, 1862.
8vo (167 × 105 mm), pp. [vi], iv, 276, , wood engraved plates, wood engraved plates plus chromolithograph title and frontispiece, the latter with mounted photographic portrait (Clara Novello). Original cloth, stamped in gilt and blind. Spine faded with some fraying of joints at foot, head of spine slightly rolled with one short tear. Contemporary inscription ‘Ada Frank Xmas 1862’. A good copy.
A very scarce illustrated juvenile title, first published in the same year, also with the striking chromolithograph frontispieces and titles by Samuel Stanesby (which were printed by T. Bessent).
The biographical chapters are: Clara Novello: the sweet singer and gifted girl, Elizabeth Barrett Browning: the girl poetess, Elizabeth Smith: the girl linguist, musician, and painter, Catherine Hayes: the musical girl and celebrated vocalist, Julia Pardoe: the juvenile authoress, The Hon. Mrs. Norton: the child writer and gifted woman, Eliza Cook: the youthful inditer of poesy and song, Madame Malibran: the singing girl and queen of song, Agnes Strickland: Queen's biographer-herself the descendant of a queen, Angelica Kauffman: the celebrated girl artist, Elizabeth Carter: the learned girl linguist and translator, Fanny Corbaux: the girl artist and biblical critic, Harriet Hosmer: the American sculptress, Frederica Bremer: the girl novelist, Frances Brown: the blind girl poetess of Ulster, Lucretia Maria Davidson: the poet child, Catherine Macaulay: the girl patriot, and writer of history, Ida Pfeiffer: the courageous girl, and illustrious traveller, Mary Thorneycroft: the girl sculptress, Mrs. Grant: the child student, and thoughtful girl, Sarah Martin: the industrious girl, and prison philanthropist.