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The Hitchcock Edition of Somerville and Ross

Somerville, E. OE., and Martin Ross

Published by [Derrydale Press]
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Illustrated by E. OE. Somerville. New York: Derrydale Press, 1927. Large octavos, seven volumes, uniformly bound in gilt-stamped green cloth, with black leather spine labels. About 200 pages or more per volume. One of only 500 sets. Engraved bookplate of Carl R. Ely. Some chipping to spine labels but generally a fine set. Siegel 6; Frazier S-14-a. Contents include "Some Experiences of an Irish R. M.," "Further Experiences of an Irish R. M.," "In Mr. Knox's Country," "Dan Russell the Fox," "All on the Irish Shore," "Wheel Tracks," and "Irish Memories." Edith Anna Oenone Somerville (1858-1949) was born in Corfu, Greece, where her father, a British army lieutenant colonel, was stationed. He retired to Ireland a year later, and Somerville grew up at Drishane House in County Cork. There, she attended Alexandra College, after which she studied painting briefly in London, Dusseldorf and Paris. In January of 1886, Somerville first met her younger cousin Violet Martin (who wrote under the name of Martin Ross). The two began writing together, and in 1889 they published their first book, "An Irish Cousin." They went on to collaborate on fourteen books, their most famous being the novel, "The Real Charlotte" (1894) and a collection of stories, "Some Experiences of an Irish R.M." (1899). They lived together for many years at Drishane House, learning Irish, active in the suffrage movement, and traveling around Ireland and Europe. They were both accomplished horsewomen and enthusiastic fox hunters. After Ross's death in 1915 from a brain tumour, following her fall from her horse Dervish, Edith professed to have maintained contact with her through spiritualism. Bookseller Inventory # 11405

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Title: The Hitchcock Edition of Somerville and Ross

Publisher: [Derrydale Press]

Binding: Hardcover

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