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BODICHON, Barbara - CHAPMAN, John (ed.)

The Westminster Review.

January and April, 1865. New Series. Vol. XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXXI, XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXVIII.

London: Trübner & Co., 1865-1870 Stock Code: 123361
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A selection of volumes of the Westminster Review from the library of Barbara Bodichon, the artist and women's activist, with her Scalands Gate stamps. "Barbara was an extremely striking young woman, tall, with vivid expression and golden-red hair. She had several suitors, but in 1855 both her personal attractions and her wealth attracted the attention of John Chapman, editor of the Westminster Review. He proposed a 'free-love' relationship with her, and she was deeply tempted despite his being already married. She withdrew from his influence after her father revealed that Chapman was feckless with both women and money" (ODNB). Following a visit to Algiers, she married the French physician, ethnographer, and scholar, Eugène Bodichon. As her husband hated London, in 1863 she built another house, Scalands Gate, on the Glottenham estate, Robertsbridge, Sussex, which her brother Benjamin Leigh-Smith had inherited from their father.

"Barbara had a sophisticated grasp of the importance of the press in influencing public opinion; her uncle, Octavius Smith, was a major shareholder in the Westminster Review. Subsequently she became the major shareholder in the English Woman's Journal (1858-64), founded primarily by herself and Bessie Rayner Parkes, for which she wrote many articles, continuing Smith family tradition by writing a series of abolitionist articles protesting against slavery in the southern states of North America, which she had visited in 1857-58. In an article published in a feminist journal called the Waverley, and subsequently reprinted as a pamphlet entitled Women and Work (1857), Barbara argued that middle-class women must not be denied meaningful work. The offices of the English Woman's Journal in Langham Place became a centre for a wide variety of feminist enterprises" (ibid.).

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7 volumes, octavo (214 x 135 mm). Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines decorated gilt in compartments, lettered and numbered gilt, marbled edges and endpapers.


Ownership stamp of Scalands Gate, Robertsbridge, to each front free endpaper, and to some title and half-titles. Joints slightly rubbed and scuffed in places, corners lightly worn; a very good set.


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