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Mary Adela Blagg - Four Fairy Tales -rare signed 1911 UK 1st + signed manuscript
Mary Adela Blagg - Four Fairy Tales - 1911 U.K. first edition published by J. Lowndes, Cheadle First edition. Inscribed by Blagg to the front endpaper: "Felicite Hardcastle With good wishes for her birthday, July 1; from the authoress. 1911". The book is reasonably firmly bound in the publisher's blue cloth, which is lettered and decorated in gilt, the extremities are slightly bumped and rubbed and there are some minor marks. The text block is slightly toned, dusty and foxed. The manuscript of 'The Ugly Prince' consists of 64 slightly toned and foxed pages simply bound in card boards covered with slightly rubbed black cloth, with a title label consisting of a strip of paper gummed to the front, it is inscribed: "For miss A. N. Bowers From the author January 1906". Mary Blagg is best known as an astronomer and is noted for the significant contribution she made to lunar measurement, mapping and nomenclature, becoming one of the first women to be elected as a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. Upon Blagg's death a rather charming lunar crater was named after her. Blagg is less well known as an author of fairy tales but having read 'The Ugly Prince' this is clearly an oversight, as it is excellently written and in the best traditions of the genre. Mary Blagg's sister was called Alice and married a William Eli Bowers so presumably the manuscript is inscribed to one of her daughters, or to a relative of William Bowers. Felicite Frances Hardcastle was the daughter of Joseph Alfred Hardcastle and the great grand-daughter of celebrated astronomer Sir William Herschel. [Attrib … [Click Below for Full Description]
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