STEPHEN, [Julia], Mrs. Leslie

Notes from Sick Rooms

Published: London: Smith Elder & Co.

Date: 1883

first edition 8vo. vi, 52, [2 (advts.)]pp., dark olive green cloth, blocked and lettered in a darker green on sides and spine, nice copy. Rare.

Contemporary signature stamp "Sefton Scott" on endpaper. Loosely inset is modern postcard reproduction of an 1867 photograph of the author by Julia Maria Cameron (her aunt).

COPAC locates in B.L. Cambridge, Oxford, and N.L.S. only. OCLC locates a small number of others in N. America. Julia Stephen (1846–1895), beauty, Pre-Raphaelite model, nurse, philanthropist and a member of the artistic circle which gathered at Little Holland House, was firstly the wife of Herbert Duckworth (d.1870) and secondly of the historian and writer Leslie Stephen. She was the mother in that second marriage of Virginia Woolf and Vanessa Bell. On her death in 1895 her four children by Stephen ranged in age between 11 to 15. Virginia, her eldest daughter, suffered from a series of acute mental breakdown's following her mother's death leading to her eventual suicide in 1941. As a child Virginia would have experienced first-hand the nursing practices and gentle care here described and they would have woven themselves into her framework of early memories.


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