Date Published: 1889 to 1902
Binding: No binding
Edna Lyall (pseud. of Ada Ellen Bayly, (1857-1903) was an English novelist. The daughter of upper-middle-class parents, educated privately, she spent her life living first with a sister married to the Vice Chancellor of Lincoln Cathedral, and later with another sister married to a vicar in Eastbourne. The author of 19 books, her best-selling novels often feature heroines questioning orthodoxy and risking bad behaviour.
The collection consists of 13 items dating from 1889 to 1902 specifically, 7 letters, 2 postcards, 2 cards, 1 book and 1 sheet with small engravings.
7 Autographed Signed Letters (ASL) including one letter on card:
• ALS to Mr. Hayman, 5 April 1889, thanking him for the Baskin letter (probably Mary Baskin).
• ALS to Miss Davies, 10 November 1886, informing Davies that she was unable to come into town but will be able to so on Friday the 12th (“to take my new manuscript to Hurst & Blackett’s”) and then they will able to talk together.
• ALS to Mrs. Hancock, 22 December 1887, thanking her for her letter and card (“Monica is delighted with the very pretty book….”).
• ALS to A.P. Watt her agent, 24 February 1888, “I have no story in hand that would do, and am not likely to have for some time to come.” • ALS to Mrs. Boyd, 26 October 1889, re not being able to visit her (she has a cold) and sending her love to Mts. Holland. .
• ALS to Miss Edlemann, 10 February 1894, thanking her for sending a biography (“I am glad to think that I was christened by such a good man”).
• ACS, Autograph card signed, 26 July 1890, addressed “Dear Sir”, telling the correspondent and that she has never done any dramatic work and cannot therefore comply with his request
• 2 autograph postcards signed, 17 January 1892 and 6 April 1893, brief notes to Messrs. Tillotson, in the first, thanking them for informing her of the publication of her story in the New York Sunday Times, and in the second, apologizing that “she has nothing likely to suit Messrs Tillotson & she is fully occupied for some time to come.”
2 Signed Cards:
• Signed card with old proverb, “Ada Ellen Bayly | Edna Lyall `Let come what will come | God’s will is well come.’ | Old Proverb”, n.d.
• Card with signature and address label affixed
1 Sheet with 4 images:
• Sheet with 4 small Edna Lyall images of her a various ages
1 Book with signed label affixed:
• Burges Letters: A Record of Child Life in the Sixties. London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1902. Illustrated by W.S. Stacey , 142 pp. Color frontispiece (with tissue guard), 8 plates. Grey cloth with illustration on the upper board of two girls and a doll, all edges gilt. In chipped but good dust jacket. With signature “Ada Ellen Bayly | Edna Lyall” on paper label affixed to the front free endpaper. This is Lyall’s last book, a book for children about her own childhood about a family interested in ideas about goodness and badness.
Collection on consignment with LDRB.
Good. Item #8433