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(BODICHON, Barbara). CHAPMAN, John, Editor.
The Westminster Review January and April, 1865. New Series. Vol. XXVII, XXVIII, XXIX, XXXI, XXXVI, XXXVII, XXXVIII.
London: Trübner & Co., , 1865-1870. 7 volumes, octavo (214 x 135 mm). Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines decorated gilt in compartments, lettered and numbered gilt, marbled edges and endpapers. Ownership stamp of Scalands Gate, Robertsbridge, to each front free endpaper, and to other title and half-titles. Joints slightly rubbed and scuffed in places, corners lightly worn; a very good set. A selection of volumes of the Westminster Review from the library of Barbara Leigh-Smith Bodichon, the artist and women's activist, with her Scalands Gate stamps. "Barbara was an extremely striking young woman, tall, with vivid expression and golden-red hair. She had several suitors, but in 1855 both her personal attractions and her wealth attracted the attention of John Chapman, editor of the Westminster Review. He proposed a 'free-love' relationship with her, and she was deeply tempted despite his being already married. She withdrew from his influence after her father revealed that Chapman was feckless with both women and money." (ODNB). Following a visit to Algiers, she married the French physician, ethnographer and scholar, Eugène Bodichon. As her husband hated London, in 1863 she built another house, Scalands Gate, on the Glottenham estate, Robertsbridge, Sussex, which her brother Benjamin Leigh Smith had inherited from their father. "Barbara had a sophisticated grasp of the importance of the press in influencing public opinion; her uncle, Octavius Smith, was a major shareholder in the Westminster Review. Subsequently she became the major shareholder in the English W … [Click Below for Full Description]
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