Date Published: 1857 to 1870
Binding: No binding
Charles Kingsley (1819-1875) was an Anglican clergyman, university professor, historian and novelist, the author of many books including The Water-Babies and Westward Ho!. He was a friend and correspondent with Charles Darwin. A hotel opened in 1897 in Bloomsbury, London, was named after Kingsley. The hotel was founded by teetotallers who admired Kingsley for his political views and his ideas on social reform. It still exists and is now known as The Kingsley by Thistle. In 1905 the composer Cyril Rootham wrote a musical setting of Kingsley's poem Andromeda: the work was performed at the Bristol Music Festival in 1908. Like Kingsley, Rootham had been educated at Bristol Grammar School.
Henry Kingsley (1830 -1876), his younger brother, was an English Writer; Novelist; Artist; Painter; Draughtsman; Gold-miner and exponent of Muscular Christianity. He attended King's College School and in 1850 matriculated to Worcester College, Oxford. He decided to migrate and arrived at Melbourne and stayed in Australia from 1853 to 1857. Kingsley's first novel, The Recollections of Geoffry Hamlyn, was published in mid-1859 and was immediately successful. Ravenshoe, generally considered his best novel, ran as a serial in Macmillan's Magazine from January 1861 to July 1862.
The collection consists of 15 items dating from 1857 to 1870, specifically, 5 letters, 1 note, 8 photos (cartes-de-visite), and 1 post card
Charles Kingsley items:
• ALS to “Dear Sir”, 8 December 1857, declining an invitation to lecture in Leeds.
• ALS to a gentleman, 31 August 1868. In part: “To the best of my recollection, my father died on the last day of February 1860.”
• ALS to “Dear Sir”, 31 May 31. 1870, The Residence Chester, reads in part: "I regret much that any opinion of mine should have ... for the slightest... I had the pleasure at looking at the books you left... Mrs Kingsley who has had more leisure than I has been deeply... in them… I have been so..... & so little from home since I have come to Chester.
• ASN c1868 to certify attendence of two students at Trinity College.
• With 8 b&w cartes-de-visite: London Stereoscopic and Photographic Company, Cheapside, 1862 and later (3 photos); Warren’s, Boston, Mass. (2 variant photos); Black, Boston; Robert W. Thrupp, Birmingham . Colour posthumous postcard, including Bideford Bridge at the bottom, S. Endacott (published by Worth & Co., n.d.) ; Carte-de-visite of Charles Kingsley seated at a desk, London, Mason and Co., portrait by Watkins, n.d
Henry Kingsley items:
• 2 ALS addressed “Dear Sir”, n.d., re coming to the office, overcoming a difficulty, and seeing his correspondent tomorrow at twelve.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Very Good. Item #8018