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c1910 L T Meade : Queen Rose : Lovely Decorative Binding : Vintage Girls Story

c1910 L T Meade : Queen Rose : Lovely Decorative Binding : Vintage Girls Story

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By L T Meade

Published by W & R Chambers, London, undated [1910]. Early copy. 8vo. nGree pictorial cloth with bright gilt titles. Brown clay edndpapers. 303 pages, with 6 illustrations by J T Murray.


A very good early edition in good complete clean condition. The cloth binding is bright and the gilt remains bright. Both joints strong and with no splitting to the cloth. Inner hinges very good. Endpapers good. All contents present including all 6 plates. School prize presentation slip pasted to inside front board for the year 1910-1911. Overall a good early edition.

L. T. Meade
was the pseudonym of Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith (1844–1914), a prolific writer of girls' stories. She was born in Bandon, County Cork, Ireland, daughter of Rev. R. T. Meade, of Nohoval, County Cork. She later moved to London, where she married Alfred Toulmin Smith in September 1879.

She began writing at 17 and produced over 300 books in her lifetime, being so prolific that no fewer than eleven new titles under her byline appeared in the first few years after her death. She was primarily known for her books for young people, of which the most famous was A World of Girls, published in 1886. However, she also wrote "sentimental" and "sensational" stories, religious stories, historical novels, adventure, romances, and mysteries, including several with male co-authors. The first of these was Dr. Clifford Halifax, with whom she first collaborated in 1893 and wrote six books. A year later she first teamed with Robert Eustace, and turned out eleven volumes with him. Her last co-author was Sir Robert Kennaway Douglas (her daughter's father-in-law); they produced only one book, in 1897. The Eustace partnerships are notable for two female villains, Madame Sara (in The Sorceress of the Strand) and Madame Koluchy (the mastermind of a band of gangsters, in The Brotherhood of the Seven Kings). Meade and Eustace also created the occult detective and palmist Diana Marburg ("the Oracle of Maddox Street"), who first appeared in the US edition of Pearson's Magazine in 1902. One of her most unusual titles is Dumps; A Plain Girl (1905). She was also the editor of a popular girls' magazine, Atalanta.

Meade was a feminist and a member of the Pioneer Club. Following the death of women's-rights pioneer and Pioneer Club founder Emily Langton Massingberd (1847–1897), Meade wrote a novel in 1898 based on her life titled The Cleverest Woman in England.

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