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SOMERVILLE, E. OE, and ROSS, Martin [pseud. MARTIN, Violet]

Four Titles,

London: Methuen, V.d

Four 8vos. Original red boards, spine labels to each. Tissue guards to frontispieces. Boards a little bumped, sunned and worn, some light historical water damage to the front board of Further Experiences..., but generally a very good set.

Later editions, uniformly bound, ALL SIGNED BY EDITH SOMERVILLE, AND WITH THE CLIPPED SIGNATURE OF VIOLET MARTIN TIPPED IN TO EACH ALONGSIDE SOMERVILLE'S.

Edith Somerville [1858-1949] and her writing partner, her cousin Violet Martin ('Martin Ross') [1862-1915] are best known for writing the Irish R.M. stories together. After Violet's death in 1915 Edith, a regular attender of seances and firm believer in the afterlife, continued to proclaim dual authorship of her books. All four titles featured here were written during Violet Martin's lifetime, and so were genuinely co-authored.

Three of these volumes seem to have been prepared and presented by Edith Somerville to the Coghill wing of her family: the English literary scholar Nevill Coghill was Edith's nephew, and one of these titles -- The Real Charlotte -- bears his ownership signature. Quite why Violet's signature had to be gathered from elsewhere, given that she was still alive when these later editions were published, can't now be known, but it seems to have been done by Edith rather than another family member: in The Real Charlotte, Edith has written the word 'and' alongside her signature, suggesting that both signatures, in their different ways, came to appear on the title page at the same time. In the fourth volume -- Further Experiences Of An Irish R.M. -- both authors' signatures have been clipped and pasted in, presumably by a family member.

Somerville and Ross books 'signed' by both authors are very scarce. Here are four, with impeccable provenance.



Keywords: Edith SOMERVILLE Violet MARTIN Martin ROSS"
£750.00


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