STEPHEN, Mrs Leslie [Julia].

Notes From Sick Rooms.

London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1883 Stock Code: 129359

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First edition of Julia Stephen's discussion of good nursing practice. The work demonstrates "a fine attention to detail - and to language: it includes an eloquent and witty passage on the torment of crumbs in bed" (ODNB). Stephen (1846-1895) was Virginia Woolf's mother, and an active philanthropist who "travelled round London by bus visiting hospitals and workhouses. The help which she offered was specific, practical, and increasingly professional, and she was never afraid to speak out (for example in the Pall Mall Gazette, 4 October 1879, on behalf of workhouse inmates whose half-pint beer allocation had been removed by temperance campaigners)" (ODNB). In 2002 Notes From Sick Rooms was republished to include Virginia Woolf's essay On being Ill (1930), placing Woolf's essay as a humorous response to her mother's altruistic work. Loosely inserted is a postcard of a photographic portrait of Julia Stephen taken by her aunt, and renowned photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron. This edition is highly uncommon, especially in such good condition; just two copies have been traced institutionally in the UK, held at the British Library and the National Library of Scotland.

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Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and front cover in black, covers ruled in black, edges untrimmed.


Small ownership stamp and faint pencil annotation to front free endpaper. Spine gently rolled, front inner hinge cracked, gauze just visible, but holding, touch of soiling to endpapers, first free blank a little browned, a very good, bright, copy.


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