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Agnes Strickland. Biographer of the Queens of England 1796-1874.

London: Chatto & Windus, 1940 Stock Code: 138334
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A lovely association copy: inscribed by Strickland's biographer to the inheritor of the Strickland sisters' collection, with a letter from the author's son

First edition, first impression, presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper in the year of publication to Georgiana Fanny Julia Foster, "To Miss Foster in gratitude from Una Pope-Hennessy April 1940". Foster's ownership inscription, "F. Foster Park Lane Cottage Southwold", appears on the front pastedown.

Foster (1891-1975) inherited the Strickland sisters' collection of papers and did much to help Pope-Hennessy prepare the present biography. She is warmly thanked in the acknowledgments: "My thanks are due to, lastly, Miss Fanny Foster of Park Lane Cottage, Southwold, whose interest in the Stricklands is hereditary. Miss Foster had proved indefatigable in hunting out information. 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" (p. vii).

This copy has a typed letter signed laid in from the art historian John Pope-Hennessy (1913-1994), Una's eldest son, who was at the time of writing Director of the British Museum. The letter, addressed to Miss Foster and dated 23 April 1974, discusses his mother's remaining archives ("which have been undisturbed since her death" and include "one Strickland album and some letters") and an upcoming exhibition on the Stricklands planned by Foster.

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Octavo. Original blue cloth, spine lettered in gilt.


Spine sunned and cocked, a few small spots to gutter of front free endpaper, first page of Index a little torn along top of gutter, the occasional neat pencil mark to contents. A very good copy.


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