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Warp and Woof

Or, The Reminscences of Doris Fletcher

Three Volumes in One

By Holme Lee

1861 - London - Smith, Elder and Co.

7.5" by 4.75", 327pp

 

DETAILS

A first edition of Lee's Warp and Woof

Scarce First Edition

Bound in red blind embossed cloth with gilt lettering

There is a nameplate belonging to T. Hodgson of Bratled Villa to the front pastedown

Parr, Harriet [pseud. Holme Lee] (18281900), novelist, was born at York on 31 January 1828, one of six children.

The story of doomed rustic life told in Gilbert Massenger was so popular that the novel was translated at once into French and Italian, and Parr was invited to give a lecture tour in France, Germany, and Belgium. Her success soon enabled her to retire from teaching and buy a small house at Shanklin, on the Isle of Wight, where she taught Sunday school and acted as a ministering angel to the local population. (In fact, she was often mistaken for a Sister of Mercy.) She wrote thirty more novels, all of which are refined in tone, somewhat sentimental, and written in an easy, unaffected style which appealed to the sense of decency of the Victorian reader. These merits, supplemented by the enthusiastic support of Charles Edward Mudie, secured her considerable popularity as a writer for children. She did, however, publish four non-fiction works under her own name: a series of depressing autobiographical essays, In the Silver Age: Essaysthat is, Dispersed Meditations (1864), The Life and Death of Jeanne d'Arc (1866), Maurice and Eugnie de Gurin (1870), and Echoes of a Famous Year (1872). Her last novel, Loving and Serving, appeared in 1883.

CONDITION

The binding is a little loose. There is wear to the extremities including fading, rubbing and some cracking to the outer hinges. The inner hinge is strained and may fail in the post, and the rear inner hinge has failed. Internally the pages are generally bright and clean with the odd spot. There are a couple of small closed tears to the pages. Overall the condition of the book is fair.

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