Ships That Pass in the Night. Fourth edition.

  • Harraden, Beatrice
  • London: Lawrence & Bullen 1893


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8vo, pp. [viii], 233, [1]. Near contemporary half red morocco by Zaehnsdorf, marbled boards, spine divided by raised bands with gilt rule, lettered and tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. A touch of marginal spotting. A hint of rubbing to extremities. Armorial bookplate of Andrew Fairbarin to front pastedown.


A finely-bound copy of an early printing of the million-selling first novel of British writer and feminist Beatrice Harraden (1864-1936), which saw nearly a dozen editions in its first year. Inspired by her own experience seeking recovery from diphtheria at a Swiss sanatarium in the Alps, the love story in the novel is set in a tuberculosis sanatarium. Harraden received a degree in classics and mathematics in 1883 after studies across three colleges, a remarkable feat at the time. As a founding member of Women's Social and Political Union and a member of the Women Writers' Suffrage League, she devoted much of her time to the women's movement, travelling internationally to spread ideas and advance the cause.

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