Date Published: 1828 to 1857
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Anna Brownwell Jameson was a multi-talented Victorian Irish author and art critic. Anna Jameson was one of the few female writers in the late 1820s to gain notoriety as not only an amazing writer, but also as a strong supporter of the feminist movement in all genres of literature. She contributed on a range of subjects, including early feminism, art history, travel, Shakespeare, poetry, and German culture. Her circle of friends included Lady Byron, Jane Carlyle, Fanny Kemble, Elizabeth Gaskell, the Brownings and Harriete Martineau.
The Anna Jameson collection contains 10 items, dating from 1828 to 1857, specifically 6 ALS & ANS, 3 books (one signed) and 1 engraved print.
6 Autographed Letters & Notes Signed (ALS & ANS)
• ALS, 3 pp. on thin mourning paper, to Julie[?] Smith, (no place), Tuesday (no date), suggesting: “If you remain in London I shall be glad to see you & Maurice . . . here on Thursday -- very early. . . . I will have the pamphlet ([illegible word] Nocturn[?]) ready for you -- I find I have left it at Ealing….” Remains of prior mounting paper on (blank) verso; lightly smudged (as written) in a few areas, including final letters of signature (still legible); lightly toned; else good.
• 4pp ALS No date, no place. Compassionate letter to Mrs. Rathbone, regarding the loss of a daughter, etc..
• 1pp. No date, no place 7 x 4-1/2 inches Autograph Note Signed ‘Anna Jameson’‚ to Mrs. Briggs saying that she is better & Louisa is going on pretty well”. “I will come into you this Evening about 9 - after Louisa is tucked up for the night.”
• 4pp. Autograph Letter Signed ‘Anna Jameson’‚ to Mr. Colnaghi in Cockspur Street dated by the recipient‚ 10 October 1828, declining “absolutely the proposition you made to me yesterday - in accepting the sacrifice would be too great - and on calculation I should be a loser by it” ‚ and giving him a day to respond to her counter-offer‚ although “I understand yesterday that the offer you made was your definative”. 2-1/2 pages‚ stained‚ some fading as a result‚ but legible.
• 2pp. 7-1/4 x 4-1/2 inches, dated Saturday with no month or year. Addressed to Mrs. Hall, likely to Mrs. S.C. Hall, making arrangements to visit Mrs. Hall in the country. Very good condition. Anna Maria Hall was an Irish novelist who often published as "Mrs. S. C. Hall". Mrs. Hall's first recorded contribution to literature is an Irish sketch called ‘Master Ben,’ which appeared in The Spirit and Manners of the Age, January 1829, pp. 35–41 et seq. Other tales followed. Eventually they were collected into a volume entitled Sketches of Irish Character, 1829, and henceforth she became ‘an author by profession.’
• Anna Jameson signature clip with a long salutation. 4-1/2 x 3-1/4 inches. Signature clip with a long salutation from a handwritten letter from the renowned early 19th century British writer Anna Jameson. Circa 1845.
3 Books (one signed)
• Winter Studies and Summer Rambles in Canada. New York: Wiley and Putnam, 1839. 2 vols. Green embossed cloth with gilt lettering on the spines. First American edition. Embrowning and some water damage. Vol. 2 has some fraying on the top and bottom of the spine, a tiny tear, and corners bumped. A very good set nonetheless. Jameson’s memorable account of her unhappy year in Upper Canada when she decided to separate from her husband, Robert Jameson, who was a lawyer, judge, politician, and office holder.
• Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns (signed). London, Saunders and Otley, 1834. SIGNED PRESENTATION COPY FROM AUTHOR (ANNA JAMESON) TO THE COUNTESS THUN
2nd edition, enlarged and corrected. - 2 Volumes  328; , 362 [2, publisher's advertisement]. 8vo. Later half leather cover. Dark brown leather spine, raised on four bands, leather corners, brown and yellow marbled cover boards. Paper slightly age-toned, otherwise very fine set of this nice edition, solidly bound covered;
Half-title page inscribed by the author to Theresia Maria Anna Countess Thun (1784 - 1844): "The Countess Thun / with the affectionate / regards of the author" (not dated ). Jameson was a close friend to the Thun family and visited their castle in Teschen, Silesia (today Tesin, Czech Republic) frequently in the 1830s and 40s."
• Sacred and Legendary Art. London, Longman, Brown, 1857. Two volumes. 6” x 8 1/2”, xix,-394pp.; xv,-818pp. Three quarters dark brown Morocco leather and marbleized paper, marbleized end pages, illustrated throughout, with several full page illustrations on thick paper, raised spine ribs with bright gilt lettering, with edge and some corner wear. Small ex-library paper stickers on spine and small old library stamp on ffep. There is some foxing throughout. Overall condition is very good.
1 Engraved Print
• Black & white steel engraving print of an older Anna Jameson. Image size = 7 x 5-1/4 inches with printed signature below engraving. Paper size = 19-1/8 x 6-5/8 inches. Printed on heavier paper. Old faint crease in top right background of image, otherwise, condition is very good+.
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.