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  • Oxford edition. Poems of Tennyson including ‘The Princess,’ ‘In Memoriam,’ ‘Maud, ‘ ‘Idylls of the King,’ ‘Enoch Arden,’ etc. by TENNYSON, Alfred. TENNYSON, Alfred. ~ Oxford edition. Poems of Tennyson including ‘The Princess,’ ‘In Memoriam,’ ‘Maud, ‘ ‘Idylls of the King,’ ‘Enoch Arden,’ etc. London: Henry Frowde. Oxford University Press. 1907.
    A good prize binding, from George Green’s School, Docklands, East London, founded in 1828 by George Green, a shipbuilder and shipwright. (more)

    A good prize binding, from George Green’s School, Docklands, East London, founded in 1828 by George Green, a shipbuilder and shipwright.

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  • Jack Sheppard. A Romance... A new Edition. by AINSWORTH, W. Harrison. AINSWORTH, W. Harrison. ~ Jack Sheppard. A Romance... A new Edition. London: [T. Brettell for] Richard Bentley, 1840.
    Second edition (The first edition had appeared the previous year, with the same plates, as three consecutive volumes in Bentley’s Miscellany). ‘Praised for its vivid… (more)

    Second edition (The first edition had appeared the previous year, with the same plates, as three consecutive volumes in Bentley’s Miscellany). ‘Praised for its vivid writing, especially its depiction of a storm on the Thames and its account of Jack Sheppard's escape from Newgate prison, the novel became so popular that by the end of 1839 nine different theatrical versions of it had appeared on the London stage. One of these versions introduced the hit song of the season (’Nix my Dolly, Pals’), based on a ‘flash song’ of criminal slang that Ainsworth had written for Rookwood. But Jack Sheppard also provoked criticism. John Forster attacked it in The Examiner for glorifying criminals, William Makepeace Thackeray did the same in his novel Catherine, and there were even suggestions that the notorious murder committed by Courvoisier in 1840 had been inspired by a reading of Ainsworth's novel’ (ODNB).

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  • When we were very young. by MILNE, A. A. MILNE, A. A. ~ When we were very young. London: [Jarrold for] Methuen & Co. Ltd, 1927.
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    Sixteenth edition (the first was November 1924). Avery presentable copy.

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  • pour l’année 1828, imprimé pour la Famille Royale et la maison de sa Majesté. by CALENDRIER DE LA COUR CALENDRIER DE LA COUR ~ pour l’année 1828, imprimé pour la Famille Royale et la maison de sa Majesté. Paris: [Carpentier Méricourt for] Le Doux-Hérissant, [1828].
    One of the last French royal Calendriers issued in the last years of the restored Bourbon monarchy (before the July Revolution of 1830). In addition… (more)

    One of the last French royal Calendriers issued in the last years of the restored Bourbon monarchy (before the July Revolution of 1830). In addition to the calendar it contains details of all the French royal households and of monarchies all over the world as well as French military commanders.

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  • Essais politiques et militaires. Enrichis de diverses maximes & remarques tirées des anciens auteurs. Par le sieur De Mouchembert. by (DALLINGTON, Robert). MOUCHEMBERG, A.-M. de. (DALLINGTON, Robert). MOUCHEMBERG, A.-M. de. ~ Essais politiques et militaires. Enrichis de diverses maximes & remarques tirées des anciens auteurs. Par le sieur De Mouchembert. Paris: Nicolas Buon, 1627.
    First edition in French of Aphorismes Civill and Militarie (London, 1613) comprising 246 political and military aphorisms selected from the Italian historian Guicciardini, designed to… (more)

    First edition in French of Aphorismes Civill and Militarie (London, 1613) comprising 246 political and military aphorisms selected from the Italian historian Guicciardini, designed to teach the lessons of history in a pithy and pragmatic form, in the spirit of Montaigne. The original had been dedicated by the English courtier Robert Dallington to Henry, Prince of Wales and later also to Prince Charles. Mouchemberg’s free translation, retaining the structure of the original, with glosses and apparatus, was dedicated to Antoine Coiffier-Ruzé, Marquis d’Effiat, who had negotiated the marriage of the Prince of Wales (later Charles I) with Louis XIII’s sister, Henrietta Maria of France in 1625. Mouchemberg later published a continuation of another British work — Argenis by John Barclay.

    Dallington (1561-1636) is an interesting figure in European literary culture. Initially educated at Cambridge (Corpus Christi College) but without taking a degree, he published translations from the Hypnerotomachia as The Strife of Love in 1592, dedicated to the memory of Sir Philip Sidney and to the Earl of Essex (into whose circle he was drawn). He made at least two grand tours, one in a party with Inigo Jones. His View of France was first published in 1604 and his Survey of … Tuscany in 1605, both written for private circulation. Rare: Worldcat lists the British Library as the only location outside continental Europe, with no North American copies.

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  • Factum pour les religieuses de Sainte-Catherine-lès-Provins contre les Pères cordeliers. by [VARET, Alexandre-Louis]. [VARET, Alexandre-Louis]. ~ Factum pour les religieuses de Sainte-Catherine-lès-Provins contre les Pères cordeliers. [n.p., n.d.], ‘Imprimé avec approbation l’an de Notre Seigneur Jésus-Christ’ [ 1668].
    First editions of two significant anticlerical polemics. Factum pour les religieuses de Sainte-Catherine-lès-Provins is a celebrated example of the power of popular print over conventional… (more)

    First editions of two significant anticlerical polemics. Factum pour les religieuses de Sainte-Catherine-lès-Provins is a celebrated example of the power of popular print over conventional legal process. In the 1660s a faction of nuns at Saint-Catherine sought to overthrow the tyranny of their abbess who was in league with the local Franciscans. Unable to access regular legal channels (as women and nuns) they appealed directly to the local parlement with this devastating Factum detailing a host of abuses committed by the Franciscans in their convent. The Factum was ‘purportedly addressed to their judges but intended for broad public distribution. In it they charged that the Franciscans ran Sainte-Catherine as a personal brothel, seducing and sometimes physically forcing the nuns into sexual relationships with friars while simultaneously plundering the convent’s treasury. The titillating Factum pour les religieuses de Sainte-Catherine-lès-Provins contre les pères cordeliers told a story that borrowed narrative inspiration from contemporary novels and pornography. It quickly became a sensation. The Franciscan order denounced the work as an illegal defamatory libel, and most copies of the original appear to have been seized and burned. But the Factum was quickly bootlegged, became a hot commodity in the clandestine book trade and earned, from the evidence of its multiple editions, a very broad readership (Tuttle). Indeed, several early editions survive, almost all issued without genuine imprints, and the first edition is extremely rare. Among the nuns’ many complaints is the accusation that friars brought pornographic books into the convent including Maximes d'amour, L’Ecole des filles and Catechisme d’amour and that one of them supplied a novice with a cipher to ‘write filth’ (pour écrire des ordures).

    Elixir Jesuiticum also issued without a formal imprint was directed against the Jesuits and contains an interesting dedication to English Archbishop William Laud. Factum: cf. Gay II, 225 and see Tuttle, ‘From Cloister to Court: Nuns and the Gendered Culture of Disputing in Early Modern France.’ Journal of Women's History (2010) 22, 2, pp. 11-33; Elixir Jesuiticum: VD17 12:115207Y

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  • The Chronicles of Engand, France, Spain etc. etc... with Notes and Illustrations. by FROISSART, John, Sir. FROISSART, John, Sir. ~ The Chronicles of Engand, France, Spain etc. etc... with Notes and Illustrations. London: [Woodfall and Kinder for] George Routledge and Sons, [n.d. c. 1870s-80s]
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  • British Birds... with a Chapter on Structure and Classification by Frank E. Beddard F.R.S.... New Impression. by HUDSON, W. H. HUDSON, W. H. ~ British Birds... with a Chapter on Structure and Classification by Frank E. Beddard F.R.S.... New Impression. London: Longmans, Green and Co, 1918.
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  • Lives and Letters of the Devereux, Earls of Essex, in the Reigns of Elizabeth, James I, and Charles I 1540-1646. by DEVEREUX, Walter Bourchier, editor. DEVEREUX, Walter Bourchier, editor. ~ Lives and Letters of the Devereux, Earls of Essex, in the Reigns of Elizabeth, James I, and Charles I 1540-1646. London: John Murray, 1853.
    First edition. This copy with the inscription to the first volume: ‘Philip James Digby Wykeham from his sincere friend and schoolfellow Henry W. May on… (more)

    First edition. This copy with the inscription to the first volume: ‘Philip James Digby Wykeham from his sincere friend and schoolfellow Henry W. May on his leaving Eton. Election Saturday 1859.’

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  • [Works]. Opera. With Introduction and English Notes by A. Sidgwick, M.A. by VIRGIL. (SIDGWICK, Arthur, editor). VIRGIL. (SIDGWICK, Arthur, editor). ~ [Works]. Opera. With Introduction and English Notes by A. Sidgwick, M.A. Cambridge: [Pitt Press Series. C. J. Clay for] University Press, 1890.
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  • The Quatrains of Omar Kheyyam of Nishapour, now first completely done into English verse from the Persian, in accordance with the original forms, with a biographical and critical introduction, by John Payne. by OMAR KAYYAM. OMAR KAYYAM. ~ The Quatrains of Omar Kheyyam of Nishapour, now first completely done into English verse from the Persian, in accordance with the original forms, with a biographical and critical introduction, by John Payne. London: Printed for the Villon Society 1898.
    John Payne’s translation, published by the Villon Society fro private circulation (number 174). (more)

    John Payne’s translation, published by the Villon Society fro private circulation (number 174).

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  • Rhétorique françoise, a l’usage des jeunes demoiselles. Avec des exemples tirés, pour la plupart, de nos meilleurs orateurs & poëtes modernes. Quatrième edition corrigée & augmentée. by [GAILLARD, Gabriel-Henri]. [GAILLARD, Gabriel-Henri]. ~ Rhétorique françoise, a l’usage des jeunes demoiselles. Avec des exemples tirés, pour la plupart, de nos meilleurs orateurs & poëtes modernes. Quatrième edition corrigée & augmentée. Avignon: Louis Chambeau, 1773.
    First published in 1745, Gaillard’s was a popular guide to rhetoric for the use of young women. This copy has an early female gift/ownership inscription.… (more)

    First published in 1745, Gaillard’s was a popular guide to rhetoric for the use of young women. This copy has an early female gift/ownership inscription. Though many of the examples in the guide are traditional examples of rhetorical excellence, the introduction provides and interesting discourse on celebrated female rhetorician, mentioning Elizabeth I of England as a supposed translator of Sophocles and Marie Stuart’s Latin oration at the French royal court.

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  • The Magic Fruit Garden. by DUNLOP, Marion Wallace. DUNLOP, Marion Wallace. ~ The Magic Fruit Garden. London: [Ernest Nister in Bavaria for] Ernest Nister in London and E.P. Dutton & Co. in New York. 1899
    First edition of this children’s allegory of female education by one of the most prominent early British suffragists. Marion Wallace-Dunlop was involved in the suffrage… (more)

    First edition of this children’s allegory of female education by one of the most prominent early British suffragists. Marion Wallace-Dunlop was involved in the suffrage movement from 1900 (the year after this book appeared) and was thrice imprisoned at Holloway: first, in 1908 for obstruction and second, in 1909 for stencilling an extract from the Bill of Rights onto the wall of St. Stephen’s Hall, Westminster. During her second incarceration she was the first suffragist to go on a hunger strike. In November 1911 she helped to organise a window-smashing campaign and was imprisoned once more and in 1928 she was a pallbearer at Emmeline Pankhurst’s funeral.

    The Magic Fruit Garden is a ‘fairy tale about a girl struggling to write an essay on ‘Perseverance’. In her quest for wisdom, Doc finds a magic fruit garden where knowledge-fruit grows on bushes and trees. Here she picks ‘geography-plums and history-apples and grammar-pears and all the time her knowledge of everything kept growing bigger and bigger’. In a glass conservatory, Doc encounters piles of sweets ‘made from mixtures of the various fruits in the garden boiled in a syrup called Research. There was botany-sugar, zoology-candy, geology-toffee, and sugar-plums of every kind and colour’. When she gets home, her brother tells Doc it was only a dream and remarks that it’s ‘just like a girl to think that a dream is real. However, he then embarks on an adventure of his own which forces him to admit the magic garden is real (from the website of the University College London Exhibition, Disrupters and Innovators, 2018). Dunlop’s printed dedication reads simply: ‘To my Mother’.

    ‘Marion Wallace-Dunlop studied at the Slade School of Fine Art and exhibited at the Royal Academy in 1903 (when she also exhibited a painting at the Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts), and in 1905 and 1906. Her paintings were also exhibited in Paris. She illustrated in art nouveau style two books, Fairies, Elves, and Flower Babies and The Magic Fruit Garden, both published in 1899’ (Oxford DNB). The Magic Fruit Garden was issued by Anglo-German publisher Ernest Nister, best known for his colourful moveable and popup books. Very scarce in both commerce and libraries. In the US, Worldcat lists copies at: Purdue, Princeton, Dartmouth and Universities of Rochester and Connecticut only.

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  • [An Album; or Selections from many Authors; interspersed with Drawings and Poetry]. by JORDAN, Ann. JORDAN, Ann. ~ [An Album; or Selections from many Authors; interspersed with Drawings and Poetry]. [British Isles, 1828 [and later, to c. 1885]
    A good and typical illustrated commonplace album with transcribed verses, drawings and watercolours. The selections are very much representative of the contemporary fashion among women… (more)

    A good and typical illustrated commonplace album with transcribed verses, drawings and watercolours. The selections are very much representative of the contemporary fashion among women for such manuscript collections: poems by Byron, Goldsmith and others, verses of friendship, loss and leave-taking, nature poems, riddles and aphorisms. A nicely self-aware inclusion here is Benjamin Franklin’s humorous ‘Paper a Poem’ relating paper types (gilt paper, copy paper, brown paper, foolscap, touch paper, waste paper and so on) to human analogues. The relatively few poems by women include Ann Radcliffe’s ‘To the Nightingale’ and ‘To Anne’ (unattributed here but by Mary Anne Browne, 1812-1845, entitled by her ‘Written in an Album’). Most of the contents have been entered within a few years of 1828 followed by a scatter of much later entries of the 1870s and 80s towards the end.

    The best description of the album genre in the history of reading and writing is by William St Clair in The Reading Nation in the Romantic Period (2004, pp. 224-9), a passage could aptly serve as a description of Ann Jordan’s album.

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  • [Manuscript treatise. by (OBSTETRICS and MIDWIFERY). (OBSTETRICS and MIDWIFERY). ~ [Manuscript treatise. France: ?vicinity of Marseille, later nineteenth century].
    A substantial unpublished manuscript practical treatise on obstetrics and midwifery. 39 headings (most with numerous subheadings) plus several further sections towards the end where spaces… (more)

    A substantial unpublished manuscript practical treatise on obstetrics and midwifery. 39 headings (most with numerous subheadings) plus several further sections towards the end where spaces have been left for formal headings not completed (for the full list of contents see below). An entirely practical treatise, probably intended as a course of instruction for midwives, it opens with a statement of ‘Les qualités d’une Sage femme’ covering both the physical and temperamental requirements of the calling (’Qualités physiques’ and ‘Qualités morales’). Throughout this carefully prepared and presented text are found numerous references to authors of the published corpus of European works in obstetrics including the works of: [Marie-Louise] Lachapelle [1769-1821]; [Jean-Louis] Baudelocque [1746-1810]; [Franz] Naegele [1778-1851]; Madame Meyer [?] and [Antoine Louis] Dugès [1797-1838] among several others. It thus presents an interesting case study in the dissemination and reception of medical knowledge in a practical context beyond the context of formal printed texts.

    Les qualités d’une Sage femme
    Accouchement
    Bassin en Général
    Excavation
    Detroit Infèrieur
    Articulations du Bassin
    La tête du foetus à terme
    Appareil de Copulation
    Vagin
    Appareil de Germination
    Apareil de Gestation
    Changements que l’Utérus eprouve pendant les divers Mois de la Grossesse
    Déplacements de l’utérus
    Renversement de l’utérus
    Divisions de l’Abdomen
    Developpement des annexes du foetus
    Membranes propres à l’Oeuf
    Placenta
    Le Cordon ombilical
    Developpement du foetus
    Fonction du foetus
    Circulation foetale
    Changements que la circulation eprouve pendant les divers Mois de la grossesse
    Changements que la circulation foetale eprouve pendant le travail de l’Accouchement
    Changements que la circulation foetale eprouve après la Naissance
    De la Grossesse (with a series of direct and indirect diagnoses)
    Grossesse Géméllaire
    Grossesse-extra-uterine
    Accouchement
    Sécrétion du lait
    Présentations du Foetus
    Positions de la Présentation du Vertex
    Présentation de la Face
    Présentation du Pelvis
    Description du Forceps
    Avortement
    Hémorrage Produite par Implantation Anomale du Placenta
    Invertie Utérine
    Eclampsie ou Convulsion

    Joseph Rounard is listed at the address in Marseille’s Place d’Orléans from the later 1840s.

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  • Nouvel alphabet — Contenant — Des alphabets variés — des exercises gradués jusqu’a la lecture courante — un choix de maximes et de proverbes appropriés a l’enfance — un petit recueil de notions usuelles — des contes moraux — historiettes — fables — poésies... by LE LIVRE DES PETITS ENFANTS — LE LIVRE DES PETITS ENFANTS — ~ Nouvel alphabet — Contenant — Des alphabets variés — des exercises gradués jusqu’a la lecture courante — un choix de maximes et de proverbes appropriés a l’enfance — un petit recueil de notions usuelles — des contes moraux — historiettes — fables — poésies... Paris: [Schneider et Legrand for] J. Hetzel, 1843.
    First edition of this children’s primer for the alphabet and elementary reading. The alphabets are given in varying types to aid recognition, and then a… (more)

    First edition of this children’s primer for the alphabet and elementary reading. The alphabets are given in varying types to aid recognition, and then a graduated scheme of reading provides short texts in syllabic form in large type, moving to standard orthography in regular type. The texts include stories and fables by Fénelon, La Fontaine, Benjamin Franklin (’Le Sifflet’ a translation of ‘The Whistle’), Nodier, and Balzac (an early collaborator of Hetzel, who contributed his story ‘Tony Sans-Soin’). The charming vignettes (some later coloured, presumably by a careful child) are by Séguin, Meissonnier, Grandville and others.

    Le Livre des Petits Enfants,was one of the very earliest publications by juvenile publishing pioneer Pierre-Jules Hetzel and though not marked as such in this first edition, was to form the first volume of his Nouveau Magasin de Enfants series (which ran to 17 more titles by 1857). It was reprinted several times, but the first edition is rare. Vicaire pp. 227-8. Penelope E. Brown, A Critical History of French Children's Literature, 2011, p. 19. Worldcat lists copies at Columbia and NYPL only outside continental Europe. COPAC/JISC adds a copy at Aberystwyth.

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  • Conseils à ma fille... troisième édition. by BOUILLY, [Jean Nicolas]. BOUILLY, [Jean Nicolas]. ~ Conseils à ma fille... troisième édition. Paris: [J.-L. Chanson for] Rosa, 1813.
    A lovely copy with contemporary ownership inscriptions: ‘Mlle. Justine Debonnaire’. Bouilly’s popular conduct book in the form collection of short stories ran to at least… (more)

    A lovely copy with contemporary ownership inscriptions: ‘Mlle. Justine Debonnaire’. Bouilly’s popular conduct book in the form collection of short stories ran to at least three French editions within a year, and another was published in London in 1813. The 19 stories (completed with a conclusion) include ‘Les Oiseaux de madame Helvétieus’; ‘La Robe feuille-morte de madame Cottin’, ‘Les Tablettes de Florian’, ‘Les Manie des Romans’ (especially interesting and amusing, with a tilt at Ann Radcliffe and the gothic vogue), ‘Jenny la Bouquetière’ and ‘Les Dangers d’un Bon Mot’.

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  • John Bull, makeing a Naval Enqury [sic]. by [DUNDAS, Henry]. [WILLIAMS, Charles]. [DUNDAS, Henry]. [WILLIAMS, Charles]. ~ John Bull, makeing a Naval Enqury [sic]. London: S. W. Fores, April 1 1805.
    An April 1 satire on Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, who was accused of appropriating funds for non-naval purposes during his tenure as Lord of… (more)

    An April 1 satire on Henry Dundas, 1st Viscount Melville, who was accused of appropriating funds for non-naval purposes during his tenure as Lord of the Admiralty. His trial was a sensation and attracted a huge audience in Westminster Hall. In this print, when interrogated by John Bull in naval dress, he replies simply: ‘Indeed Mr Bull - I knaw nae more aboot it - than Johnny Groat o'the Highlands.’ The satire is revealing of the prevailing anti-Scottish sentiment provoked by the case.

    Fores’s imprint advertises ‘Folios of Caracatures lent out for the Evening'.

    Dundas was the most prominent Scottish politician of his era and instrumental in the progress of the Scottish Enlightenment. He is commemorated by one of the most prominent memorials in Edinburgh, the column and statue in St. Andrew’s Square. His commemoration is contentious — Dundas having effectively delayed the abolition of slavery for several years. BM Satires, 10381.

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  • After Reading [After Berneval]. Letters to Robert Ross. by WILDE, Oscar. WILDE, Oscar. ~ After Reading [After Berneval]. Letters to Robert Ross. [London:] Beaumont Press, 1921-2.
    First editions, limited issues, numbers 127 and 231 of 200 and 400 copies respectively (a further 75 copies of each edition were issued on Japanese… (more)

    First editions, limited issues, numbers 127 and 231 of 200 and 400 copies respectively (a further 75 copies of each edition were issued on Japanese vellum and signed by publisher and artists). Separately issued companion volumes, collecting Wilde’s letters to Ross, his sometime-lover, constant companion and literary executor, written from France in the aftermath of his release from Reading Gaol. Ross faithfully guarded Wilde’s personal and literary legacy after his death, pursuing pirated editions and preserving his literary rights for Wilde’s sons. It was he who commissioned Epstein’s sculpture for the tomb at Père Lachaise and his will stipulated that his own ashes should be placed there with Oscar’s.

    Ross had prepared a volume of Wilde’s post-prison letters to him before the first war and had drafted an introduction shortly before his own sudden death in 1918. These two small volumes are selections, but represent the earliest attempt at a collection of Wilde letters. They are expurgated by removing the names of Lord Alfred Douglas, Constance Wilde and a few others, but the meanings are always obvious.

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  • [Embroidered sampler]. by PREEST, Emma. PREEST, Emma. ~ [Embroidered sampler]. [Gloucestershire, July 20 1847.
    ‘Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit / Death how certain Death how sur[e] / Sin the wound. And Christ the cure’. ‘Emma. Preest. Her… (more)

    ‘Adam and Eve eating the forbidden fruit / Death how certain Death how sur[e] / Sin the wound. And Christ the cure’. ‘Emma. Preest. Her work / Tuts Hill House / July. 20. 1847 Aged /12. Years. Old’.

    Emma Preest is possibly the Emma born on the 8th June 1835 at Bream Eaves, Gloucestershire and baptised in the Wesleyan chapel at Monmouth — certainly that would accord with her given age (12) in 1847 when she made this sampler. The identity of Tuts Hill house is not straightforward, there having been two houses so named in the vicinity of Tidenham, Chepstow. We can find no pictorial evidence of either of them as a three-storey, four bay house as in Emma’s depiction, and no Preest family associated with either. But if one accepts the likelihood of Emma being Gloucestershire born, both houses would have been some ten miles from her birthplace, suggesting the possibility she entered service at one of them at the age of 12 (quite possible) and that this may have been an ‘apprentice’ piece. Young girls were taught this kind of sewing not so much as a primer in reading (still less writing) as in household needleork and linen labelling.

    The verse is a variation of a popular gravestone epitaph: ‘Life is uncertain, death is sure, Sin the wound, and Christ the cure. If we have correctly identified Emma Preest, she married in 1854, had several children and emigrated with her family after 1870 and died in 1915 at Shawnee, Perry County, Ohio, USA, aged 80.

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