[NEW FOREST SHAKERS]; [SUFFRAGE]; [HOUSMAN, LAURENCE (binding design, text design and illustrations)]; Meredith, George; Quilter, Harry (arrangement)
Title JUMP TO GLORY JANE
Book Condition Near fine
Publisher London Swan, Sonnenschein & Co. 1892
Seller ID 1705
C8vo (5 ” x 7½”). pp. . A HOUSMAN A.L.S. LAID IN. Unsigned binding design by Laurence Housman in red over cream paper covered boards of the titles and three instances of Jane "jumping" -- her elevation by the holy spirit, represented by Housman on the cover as the ball of red spots that supports and surrounds Jane; an uneven double rule in red frames Housman's central design on the tip and front edges only. The titles on the spine in red only. Includes frontis. and seven additional black and white full pages illustrations as well as 36 additional black and white vignette and decorative illustrations by Housman.George Meredith's poetic rendering of the life of Mary Ann Girling, the founder of the New Forest Shakers, an English religious sect. Girling was widely known as "Jump to Glory Jane" as she would jump up and down over and over into a state of religious ecstasy; since "Jane" alliterates with "Jump", the name stuck (O'Leary, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Folk Tales). Jump to Glory Jane based on was Housman's first major commission as an artist, and allowed him complete control over all aspects of the book design down to his hand drawn lettering used for the text. Considered to be one of his finest illustrative works.Housman's A.L.S. on his personal blue-grey letterhead to Mr. Rowley, discusses arrangements for a Housman's suffrage lecture on "What is Womanly" and is dated July 18th 1911: " Dear Mr. Rowley | I have arranged with | my producer for Sunday | Oct 8th to be free. I'm | afraid that may not suit | the playgoers who do not | begin so early, but it | is the date you originally | asked for, so it will | content you, I presume. | I forget which day you | said you were returning | home: but I send this | to what I take to be | your more fixed address. | The title of my lecture is "What is Womanly", and | it takes about an hour. | Yours Sincerely | Laurence HousmanHousman was a staunch and active supporter of women's suffrage in the United Kingdom; he was a founding member of the Men's League for Women's Suffrage, published advice on strategies for protesting in the Women's Freedom League newspaper, wrote suffrage pamphlets and articles, and was a tireless public speaker for suffrage. "What is Womanly" was originally published in the 31 December 1908 issue (p. 229) of the periodical "Votes for Women" (an organ of the Women's Social and Political Union in the UK). In it, Housman deplored the self-sacrificing qualities usually associated with womanliness, and felt that full womanliness began with self-possession. He took this article on the lecture circuit, and spoke on the subject many times. A near fine, unopened copy with light toning to the extremities; faint offsetting to the ffep from the A.L.S. The letter paper has light toning to the first page, a horizontal crease across the rear page; the verso of the final page if the letter has a fine line of a previous attachment. Kenyur Hodgkins 92; Taylor, The Art Nouveau Book 105. Generally scarce; exceptionally so in this condition and with the Housman A.L.S.