This post features some more old books, this time from the library of the regional branch of the Usmeum (Brother 2’s house). Like the Alices in my previous post, these books were the childhood possessions of the Fry and Horman-Fisher families, passed down to us via Auntie. This 1841 edition of F.W.N. Bayley‘s New Tale of A Tub bears the name of Jane Horman-Fisher, who I believe was Margaret’s sister:
The book is a satire written in verse, based I presume on Swift’s Tale of a Tub. It has some charming illustrations, but the text carries the racist language typical of Victorian Britain, so it’s not an object we are particularly fond of, and may be sold sometime soon.
This edition of Aesop’s fable A New Dress for an Old Friend carries a touching inscription:
“To dear little Maggie Horman-Fisher, from her old friend Maggie J. Bath, Bexhill, Saturday Nov. 28/57” – an inscription written exactly 156 years ago today, to Elsie Fry’s mother Margaret. Elsie and her 3 sisters were clearly used to sharing books, as noted in my previous post. This beautifully illustrated edition of Pilgrim’s Progress was presented to Elsie and her sister Wynyfryde in 1894, according to the inscription:
The inscription reads: “Mary Wynyfryde Jane Fry, Elsie Margaret Anna Fry, with much love from their affectionate cousin, S.J. Lury, Clevedon, 11th August 1894.”
The Frys were strict Quakers, so Bunyan’s famous Christian allegory would have been an important book in their library. It’s my pleasure to catalogue their treasures here.