Alice Meynell small collection
Date Published: 1875 to early 1900’s
Binding: No binding & hard cover
Small collection of 4 items dating from 1875 to early 1900’s, specifically 2 letters, 1 broadside and 1 book.
Alice Christiana Gertrude Meynell (née Thompson) was a British writer, editor, critic, and suffragist, now remembered mainly as a poet. Meynell was twice considered for the Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom,
2 Autographed Letters Signed (ALS):
• ALS from Alice Meynell addressed Dear Sir, 25 August ?, requests that her correspondent send her a proof of an article before next Wednesday.
• ALS from Wilfrid Meynell addressed Dear Sir, Thursday, re the picture bought by Queen Victoria, its location, and its copyright.
Alice Meynell. The Shepherdess. Illustrated broadside with gold and brown background of Meynell’s celebrated poem (first appeared in 1896), beginning: “She walks-the lady of my delight- | A shepherdess of sheep. | Her flocks are thoughts. She keeps them white….”. 36 × 24 cm. No date of publication and no publisher stated, not recorded elsewhere.
Alice Meynell. Preludes. London: Henry S. King & Co., 1875. 84 pp. First ed. of the author’s first book (under the author’s maiden name, A.C. Thompson). Half blue leather, half marbled boards, matching marbled end papers, ribbed spine with gilt tooling. Corners slightly bumped but otherwise a very handsome book. The original cloth front cover (a green and gold design of a lyre, a quill pen, an urn, vine leaves, birds flying overhead, and two turtle doves) is at the back of the book. Illustrated by Mynell’s elder sister who would become the famed history painter Lady Elizabeth Butler. This slender volume of lyrical poetry, written when Meynell was 27 years of age and which was praised by John Ruskin, includes poems such as “In Early Spring”, “A Letter from a Girl to Her Own Old Age”, “Pygmalion”, “A Tryst That Failed”, and “Sonnet: At a Poet's Grave”. In her maturity, Meynell would disavow the book and remarked: “My first book of verse was accepted by a publisher only because my elder sister, who had just made a great reputation as a battle-painter, was kind enough to illustrate it.”
Collection on consignment with LDRB