FIRST EDITION. 8vo, pp. 148, , , 12 photogravure illustrations (frontis and 2 plates loose, and laid back in). Original brown cloth, decorated in black and gilt. Fore-edge untrimmed. Black and red lettered title page. Wear and bruising to extremities, spine ends flapping, bottom board soiled. Ffeps tanned, toned and shaken, occasional pencil scoring to margins. With a dedication in black pen, framed in a stylised Walter Crane-esque rose border (apparently by Foggitt herself): ‘Emma Foggitt/ with best wishes from friends at Leeds University/ October 4th 1907/ 24 Nov 1907’. An impromptu bookmark, fashioned from ‘Norddeutscher Lloyd, Bremen’ paper and with draft Crane-esque doodle, laid-in: creased, closed tear. A shabby copy of an attractive edition of Arnold’s poetry, with an interesting Leeds-related provenance. Poems include ‘The Scholar Gipsy’, ‘Longing’ and ‘The Forsaken Merman’.
Emma Foggitt graduated from the University of Leeds in 1907. She went on to teach in schools in both the UK and Shanghai, under the auspices of the London Missionary Society. Before sailing to China, Foggitt worked at the Canning Town Settlement for Women Workers in East London, which, she observed, ‘largely consists in visiting, addressing gatherings, working in the girls’ clubs, holding children’s services and doing dispensary work.’ (Foggit cited in Rosemary Seton, Western Daughters in Eastern Lands: British Missionary Women in Asia (2013)). In 1916 she married Reverand William Arthur Cornaby, a family friend also based in China, who edited the Ta Tung Pao, a weekly magazine targeted at Chinese officials and scholars. Writing as Foggitt Cornaby, she later contributed ‘biographical chapters’ to an appreciation of her husband, Cornaby of Hanyang: A great-souled missionary (The Epworth Press, 1923).
Author ARNOLD, Matthew; [FOGGITT CORNABY, Emma]
Publisher London: George Routledge & Sons Limited/ The Photogravure and Colour Series