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[SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915]] : THROUGH CONNEMARA IN A GOVERNESS CART.

[SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915]] : THROUGH CONNEMARA IN A GOVERNESS CART.

London : W. H. Allen & Co., 1893 [but 1892]. First edition : in the more attractive of the two green variant bindings. “This is a very funny book of adventure which reads like a novel. Two Irishwomen disgusted with London weather, undertook a trip through Connemara” (Cork Constitution, 21st November 1892). With illustrations by W. W. Russell, worked up (not wholly to her approval) from Somerville’s original sketches.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,200 + 32pp advertisements dated January 1893. Full page illustrations. Original green cloth, pictorially blocked (to Somerville’s design) on spine and upper cover in blue, ochre and black, and lettered on upper cover and spine in gilt; black endpapers; just a touch of wear; front endpaper strained; a few mild flaws, but overall a very good copy. Contemporary presentation inscription on behalf of the Oxford Gardens Girls’ School Swimming Club to Constance Cave – first prize for for “swimming on back” – presumably Constance Cave (1884-1919), daughter of a London jeweller.

£200

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : IN THE VINE COUNTRY.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : IN THE VINE COUNTRY.

London : W. H. Allen & Co., 1893. First edition : in the slightly plainer variant binding, lettered in black on upper cover. “These two amusing Irish ladies ... have been doing the vine country of Médoc, and here we have their impressions of wine-making and French rural life ... They have made a very pleasant book out of their adventures with a kodak ... One description of a rustic ball, which wound up with an ancient dance danced by four ancient dames, is surpassed in humour only by the illustrations, which are throughout very good” (Glasgow Herald, 23rd February 1893).
Crown 8vo (20cm). 237,[iii]pp. Illustrations by Frederick Henry Townsend (1868-1920) from Somerville’s own sketches. Original green pictorial cloth, ruled and lettered on spine in gilt, blocked and lettered in black; some very minor edge-wear; outer leaves a little tanned; a touch shaken and slack, but otherwise a very good copy.

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : BEGGARS ON HORSEBACK : A RIDING TOUR IN NORTH WALES.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : BEGGARS ON HORSEBACK : A RIDING TOUR IN NORTH WALES.

Edinburgh & London : William Blackwood & Sons, 1895. First edition. “Amateur-gipsy tours ... iron endurance, the temper of Mark Tapley, and the will to survive of Robinson Crusoe” (Somerville). “A sense of humour is one of the essentials for any tour, as necessary as a knapsack, or a map, and as both writers possess a keen perception of the ludicrous, their account of their jouneyings on ponyback through the northern parts of the Principality is most amusing and entertaining” (The Gentlewoman, 17th August 1895).
Crown 8vo (193 x 124mm). vi,186 + 32pp advertisements dated June 1895 – the month of publication. Illustrations by Somerville. Bound in an elegant recent half blue morocco, banded and gilt; original cloth upper cover and spine preserved at rear (the primary binding, with the publishers’ name given in full at foot of spine); a few minor marks and spots, but a very good copy of an uncommon title. Neat ownership inscription.

£250

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : ALL ON THE IRISH SHORE : IRISH SKETCHES.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : ALL ON THE IRISH SHORE : IRISH SKETCHES.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1903. First edition. Eleven short stories, with illustrations by Somerville. “Once more the authors write of what they have seen and heard, with a direct simplicity which is akin to genius … Such work should live forever” (Leeds Mercury, 25th May 1903).
Crown 8vo (20cm). [viii],274,2pp + [4]pp inserted advertisements. Ten full-page illustrations. Original grey cloth, lettered in black and gilt, with a striking pictorial design by Somerville; very lightly bruised at head, some spotting of edges and text, but otherwise a very good copy.

£100

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : SOME IRISH YESTERDAYS.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS (Martin)” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : SOME IRISH YESTERDAYS.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1906. First edition. “A new volume of stories from the vivacious joint pens ... is always welcome ... the stories, like their predecessors, are instinct with life and humour, and are told in a style which is at once restrained and roystering, a rare enough combination” (The Bystander, 24th October 1906). A collection of thirteen illustrated stories and articles, together with Somerville’s delightful pictorial “Slipper’s ABC of Fox-Hunting”.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(252)pp. Plates and illustrations by Somerville. Original fawn cloth, lettered in black, with a black and white pictorial onlay on upper cover; very faintly rubbed and slightly tanned; very light spotting of endpapers, but a very good copy. Contemporary (October 1906) ownership inscription of M. L. Kinsey.

£100

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SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : FURTHER EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

SOMERVILLE, E.OE. (Edith Anna OEnone), 1858-1949 & “ROSS, Martin” – [MARTIN, Violet Florence, 1862-1915] : FURTHER EXPERIENCES OF AN IRISH R.M.

London : Longmans, Green & Co., 1908. First edition : in the primary binding, the white cloth band extending across both front and back covers. The second volume of Major Yeates stories — eleven tales, illustrated by Somerville. “The present volume quite bears out the brilliant reputation … won by the original R. M. stories. It could not possibly be superior, and we are loth to admit that it is any way inferior … Miss Somerville and ‘Martin Ross’ deserve the unqualified gratitude of the reading public” (Irish Times, 2nd October 1908).
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,(316),(4)pp. Plates. Illustrations. Original pale green cloth, with onlaid white band, lettered in gilt and black; a touch sunned; a few specks; endpapers a little tanned; some spotting, mainly of edges, but a very good and still bright copy.

£100

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