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Memorials of Two Sisters: Susanna and Catherine Winkworth

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1st edition.

Susanna Winkworth (13 August 1820 — 25 November 1884) was an English translator and philanthropist, elder sister of translator Catherine Winkworth (13 September 1827 – 1 July 1878). They were born in London to silk merchant Henry Winkworth and his wife Susanna Dickenson. they were educated at home; among their tutors were prominent English Unitarians James Martineau and William Gaskell.

Their niece Margaret Shaen edited and published the collective material within this book in 1908.

It is thirty years since Catherine Winkworth died, and those who read this book will naturally wonder what is the reason of its tardy appearance.

After her death her eldest sister, Susanna, was asked by many friends whether she could not write some slight memorial of her. With that object in view, Susanna collected all the available letters. Unfortunately the four or five most valuable series had all been destroyed, very possibly because they were so interwoven with confidential matter that their recipients were unwilling they should be seen by any eyes but their own, for during the whole of her life Catherine's sympathy and judgment were sought by all her friends in their most intimate concerns. However that may be, Susanna regretfully came to the conclusion that the material no longer existed which would have enabled her to give an adequate picture of her sister. She therefore decided against publication, but she collected a large number of general family letters, such as were of great interest to the immediate relations, though quite unsuitable for a larger circle of readers. To these letters she added the connecting narrative up to the year 1858.

Blue hardcovers with gilt tile on the spine is in pretty good condition - there is some wear to the edges and corners. It includes 2 portraits (both toned and with some spotting from the guard sheets). A rare book

Item details

Author(s):
Shaen, Margaret J
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23cms x 15cms x 3.5cms
Edition:
1st edition
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
341
Publisher:
Lonmgmans, Green & Co
Title:
Memorials of Two Sisters: Susanna and Catherine Winkworth

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1st edition.

Susanna Winkworth (13 August 1820 — 25 November 1884) was an English translator and philanthropist, elder sister of translator Catherine Winkworth (13 September 1827 – 1 July 1878). They were born in London to silk merchant Henry Winkworth and his wife Susanna Dickenson. they were educated at home; among their tutors were prominent English Unitarians James Martineau and William Gaskell.

Their niece Margaret Shaen edited and published the collective material within this book in 1908.

It is thirty years since Catherine Winkworth died, and those who read this book will naturally wonder what is the reason of its tardy appearance.

After her death her eldest sister, Susanna, was asked by many friends whether she could not write some slight memorial of her. With that object in view, Susanna collected all the available letters. Unfortunately the four or five most valuable series had all been destroyed, very possibly because they were so interwoven with confidential matter that their recipients were unwilling they should be seen by any eyes but their own, for during the whole of her life Catherine's sympathy and judgment were sought by all her friends in their most intimate concerns. However that may be, Susanna regretfully came to the conclusion that the material no longer existed which would have enabled her to give an adequate picture of her sister. She therefore decided against publication, but she collected a large number of general family letters, such as were of great interest to the immediate relations, though quite unsuitable for a larger circle of readers. To these letters she added the connecting narrative up to the year 1858.

Blue hardcovers with gilt tile on the spine is in pretty good condition - there is some wear to the edges and corners. It includes 2 portraits (both toned and with some spotting from the guard sheets). A rare book

Author(s):
Shaen, Margaret J
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
23cms x 15cms x 3.5cms
Edition:
1st edition
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
341
Publisher:
Lonmgmans, Green & Co
Title:
Memorials of Two Sisters: Susanna and Catherine Winkworth

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