Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale’s Golden Book of Famous Women

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Author: Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

Illustrator: Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale

BRICKDALE, Eleanor Fortescue. Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale’s Golden Book of Famous Women. London: Hodder and Stoughton (1920). 4to, viii 200pp. Light blue cloth pictorially stamped in navy, gold, and red. 16 color plates. Spine ends and corners a bit rubbed, rear cover lightly soiled, endpapers aged, else a clean, tight copy.

Early printing (possibly first?). A collection of poetry, play scenes, and novel excerpts detailing the lives of 52 famous historical women and literary characters, highlighted by 16 lush and vibrant color plates by British artist Eleanor Fortescue Brickdale. Selections include contributions from Shakespeare, Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, Lord Byron, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sir Walter Scott, Edgar Allan Poe, and more. A fascinating early 20th century book of “famous” women.