WIGGIN, Kate Douglas.
Penelope’s Progress being such extracts from the Commonplace Book of Penelope Hamilton as relate to her Experiences in Scotland [and] Penelope’s English Experiences.
First illustrated editions, both copies inscribed and signed by Wiggin on the front free endpapers and Penelope’s Progress with the title page additionally signed and dated 1901, and an autograph note singed tipped in. Penelope’s Progress is inscribed quoting the first sentence of the book: “We have travelled together before, Salemina, Francesca, and I, and we know the very worst there is to know about one another” and signed “Quotation from myself: Kate Douglas Wiggin”; Penelope’s English Experiences is similarly inscribed with the first sentence: “Here we are in London again, Salemia, Francesca and I” and signed “Kate Douglas Wiggin.” The autograph note signed, using Wiggin’s married name Riggs, reads: “Dear Mr Williamson – Here are the books and the signatures must have consoled you in your disappointment at buying old ones by mistake! I hope you have discovered that Chapters 8, 11, 12, 13 of the English experiences are all new. sincerely yours, Kate Douglas Riggs.” These two titles are the first two instalments of the “Penelope’s Experiences” series of British Isles adventures by American children’s author Kate Douglas Wiggin (1856-1923), all appearing prior to her writing her famous Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1903). The series also included Penelope’s Irish Experiences and Penelope’s Postscripts. The present editions represent the first illustrated editions, bearing the charming line-drawn illustrations of C. E. Brock – evidently the text of the English Experiences was also expanded for these Brock editions. Penelope’s Progress was first published Houghton Mifflin 1898, and Penelope’s English Experiences was first published as part of A Cathedral Courtship and Penelope’s English Experiences, Houghton Mifflin 1893.
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Two volumes, octavo. Original olive buckram, title labels to spines. Frontispiece by C. E. Brock to each, and respectively 52 and 54 other Brock illustrations in the text. Tanning to cloth at spines and around board edges, very small chip to top forecorner of first blank and half title in the first work, otherwise excellent copies.