Item #40632 The Writings of...with Introductions by the Author. Mrs. Humphrey Ward.


The Writings of...with Introductions by the Author.

Boston and New York: Houghton Mifflin Co, 1909-1912.

Price: $2,500.00

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Autograph Edition, No. 20 of 750 copies signed by the author on the half title of Volume One, "Mary A. Ward" Illustrated throughout with hand-colored frontispiece in each volume by Archibald Standish, Hartrick, Charles E. Brock, etc. With two states of the plates. 16 vols. Thick 8vo. MANUSCIPT IN EACH VOLUME. Bound in three-quarters blue morocco gilt, marbled boards and endpapers by the Riverside Press Bindery. Some minor wear to some heads else almost fine.

Item #40632

This is an extraordinary set with each volume having a page of manuscript (some heavily corrected) in the hand of the author. Volumes 7, 10, 11 and 12 each have two pages of manuscript; a total of twenty full pages of corrected manuscript.

Mary Augusta Ward (1851-1920) wrote her first novel, "Miss bretherton", in 1884, and became a fairly popular writer of her era. She embodied in her most famous novel, "Robert Elsmere", her view that Christianity should be revitalized by stressing its social mission and dismissing the miraculous elements. Mrs. Ward was involved with many charitable and philanthropic efforts, and opposed the extension of suffrage to women, hence her slight today.