Showing posts from January, 2014

The Death of Julia Margaret Cameron (nee Pattle) (11 June 1815-26 January 1879)

Julia Margaret Cameron in 1870, photographed by her son Henry Herschel Hay Cameron
Julia Margaret Cameron was one of the most fascinating and strong willed women to live during the nineteenth-century. She turned her daughter's gift of a camera into not only a hobby turned career but she would leave a legacy that few of us would understand or foresee.
Charles Hay Cameron and his wife Julia Margaret were in Kalutara (Ceylon) by the end of 1878 leaving Freshwater on the Isle of Wight far behind. They were staying at their son Henry's bungalow Glencairn, in the mountains. Here, Julia Margaret fell ill with her old bronchial complaint. She was sick for ten days and died on January 26th, 1879.
 A bungalow on Dimbula plantation belonging to The Cameron's in Ceylon (now Sri Lanka) @Images of Ceylon
Victoria Olson explains in her biography, 'From Life Julia Margaret Cameron and Victorian Photography', "It has been told and retold that on her deathbed Cameron looked out…

Happy Birthday Edith Wharton (24 January 1862-11 August 1937)


Happy Birthday Edgar Allan Poe: Gothic Dreamer (January 19, 1809 – October 7, 1849)

On this day in 1809 in Boston, Massachusetts a baby boy named Edgar was born to David Poe Jr. and Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins both actors themselves. Weaving a thread of sickness, death, and abandonment throughout Edgar's life a happy childhood was not to be. You see, his father abandoned his family in 1810 a year after he was born and if that were not enough his mother died on December 8, 1811 probably of Tuberculosis. Happiness and contentment would not last very long in Edgar's life setting up a lifetime of experiences to draw upon when writing his tales of Gothic and Horror. For instance when you read such classics as, 'The Tell Tale Heart', 'The Pit and the Pendulum', 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue', or read his achingly sad and mournfully yearning poems,'Annabel Lee' 'Eulalie','Alone', 'A Dream Within A Dream','Bridal Ballad',  its all there; Poe's life laid out before you in his plots and characters!


New Discoveries: Anne Weld (Nee Sellwood) 1814-1894

I am always on the search for photographs of anything or anyone Freshwater Circle related. Today, I stumbled upon the online archives at Henry Ransom Center The University of Texas at Austin. They house five Lewis Carroll photograph albums. I recommend everyone take a look inside these treasure chests...

The handwriting reads:  Anna Weld and Agnes Grace Weld (Anne Weld was the mother of Agnes Weld. Her maiden name was Sellwood and she was the sister of Emily Tennyson (nee Sellwood) Lady Tennyson, wife of Alfred Lord Tennyson. 
This is a photograph not taken by Lewis Carrol but by W. Jeffrey which was one of Alfred Tennyson's favorite photographers according to his son Hallam and wife Emily Tennyson!  The address where this photograph was taken is:  114 Great Russell Street, Flormsbury or is that Bloomsbury(? Sorry if I got that wrong), London. Dated circa 1857.
If you want more information on Ages Weld's life, please read my article, Agnes Weld

Tennyson's Poems Illustrated is mine all mine!

There has been one illustrated version of The Poetical Works of Alfred Tennyson that I've wanted for quite some time now. It is available on ebay for under fifty dollars even though several versions were published between 1882-5. So, I don't know if it falls under the 'rare book' category but it is nineteenth-century, so I'm putting it in that category!

Thank you to my friend Gwendolyn for letting me know that in my neighborhood a second hand book store had a hardcover version of Tennyon's Poems Illustrated. Needless to say, I ran over there as soon as I could and in the window stood proudly the 1882 U.S. edition by G.W. Borland and Co.  Some of the illustrations of Tennyson poems include:  Lady of Shalott illustrated by William Holman, Sir Galahad and The Palace of Art illustrated by Dante Gabriel Rossetti and numerous illustrations of Sir John Everett Millais but my very favorite is for the poem Locksley Hall.
I never imagined I would own this edition and my …

Jack and the Beanstalk by Hallam Tennyson, 2nd Baron Tennyson, (1852-1928)

I am passionate about The Tennyson Family, researching art, painting, and literature of the nineteenth century mainly. That being said, I just learned something new about Alfred Tennyson's eldest son, Hallam Tennyson! He published a children's book in 1886 during his father's lifetime! I didn't know that until just now. Obviously, I knew and have read his most popular work, the two-volume Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897) but Jack and the Beanstalk was a wonderful surprise to find!

Author, Ann Thwaite in her biography, ‘Emily Tennyson: The Poet’s Wife’ explains how Jack and the Beanstalk came to be, “In these difficult months after Lionel’s death, Emily had been comforted and cheered by Lionel’s boys, who spent much of their time with their grandmother. She read to them Hallam’s version of Jack and the Beanstalk in English hexameters which he had dedicated to his nephews. It was supposed to be a sumptuous picture book, in full colour illustrate…

The Poems of Dante Gabriel Rossetti: A Rare Edition!

I am adding to my rare book collection: authors and poets of the nineteenth century! You must begin with Lord Tennyson and next was a Pre-Raphaelite painter known as Dante Gabriel Rossetti.  Last week, I came across a two volume U.S. edition for sale at a prominent book store for a cheaper price than I paid for my Tennyson single edition of The May Queen! It arrived earlier today in beautiful condition, no torn pages, no foxing to pages. It was double rubber banded and bubble wrapped! Thank you very much. They are now on my shelf next to Tennyson. Though, Rossetti and Tennyson did not get along very well in life, let's hope they are in the after life and upon my shelf!

The Poetical Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Volumes I and II, Little Brown & Company, Boston,  1889 Edition by The Robert Brothers

Frontpiece, Volume I with onion skin paper covering right page. Photograph of Dante Gabriel Rossetti image by George P. Landow
This is the right side page of Volume I next to Rosse…