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From Hampstead to Holloway....

Depicting the Suffragette in her Happiest Moods. Profusely illustrated by G. E. Shepheard.

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Published: London John Ouseley Ltd., 1909

Stock Code: 133620

OR On display in 100 Fulham Road


First edition of this very scarce anti-suffrage novel, an archetypal example of the popular fiction circulated at the time as propaganda. OCLC locates just ten copies in institutions worldwide (five in the US, four in the UK, and one in Japan), and there are no recorded appearances at auction.
Baldry's novel follows the exploits of Kate Denver, a militant suffragette and member of the Women's Defence League who, after being imprisoned in Holloway, forsakes the cause to marry. Denver's initial zealous devotion brings her to a demonstration in Trafalgar Square - an event so shocking that "poor Lord Nelson nearly fell off his monument!" (p. 123), an image accompanied by one of Shepheard's satirical illustrations - alongside her comrades "Lady Fluffield", "Lady Rolly-Royce", and the "Hon. Miss Killington". Later, after an attempt to storm Whitehall, Denver is sent to Holloway (upon this, her soon-to-be-husband composes "The Ballad of Holloway Gaol"). Given time to reflect she realises that she is "not - as a small number of women would have it - a modern Joan of Arc, but as the vast majority of the people of England saw her - a woman with no sense of self-respect - a woman in naught by name" (p. 145). In his "Author's Apology" Baldry begs forgiveness for not making Denver "a Cabinet Ministress, or something like that in the last chapter. I am very sorry, but I would certainly have done so - but it is very sad to record that she married before I had a chance to do so".
Though Baldry remains relatively unknown in his efforts to discredit the UK suffrage movement, From Hampstead to Holloway can be productively compared with novels by earlier and contemporary female anti-suffrage writers such as Charlotte Yonge, Marie Corelli, Eliza Lynn Linton, and Mary Ward, whose best-selling works similarly strove to promote a conservative ideal of womanhood. Suffrage historian Julia Bush notes that, beginning with Victorian responses to the 'New Woman' figure, "both suffragist and anti-suffragist commentators were highly conscious of the importance of popular fiction as a vehicle for influencing women's outlook on life and politics This literary response rapidly assumed its own momentum and influence, as those who welcomed and those who feared the evolution of female gender roles fed off each other's ideas and off the widespread public interest" (pp. 82-3).

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Octavo. Original pictorial yellow cloth, spine lettered in black, front board depicting a suffragette running away from Holloway closely followed by the ominous silhouette of a policeman, title above in rounded cartoon lettering.


Black and white illustrations by G. E. Shepheard throughout.


Previous ownership inscription to front pastedown, the name crossed out but mostly legible, reading "Herbert [Lo?]akes Peterboro". Spine and extremities dulled, cloth somewhat soiled, book block slanted, front inner hinge a little split at top but else held firm; a very good copy.


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