Frontis. woodcut of the castle, printed in red and numerous illus. in the text (some full-page). 66 pp., one unnumbered leaf. Oblong 4to, orig. red cloth-backed printed boards (extremities a little rubbed & soiled, hinges tender). [London: J.W. Benn & Bros.], n.d. [but 1889]. An uncommon and beautifully illustrated catalogue. Lady Somerset (1851-1921), the third daughter of Charles Somers Somers-Cocks, Viscount Eastnor, had married Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset (1849-1932), but the marriage ended when she discovered his homosexual proclivities. Rather than officially divorce, which was against church doctrine, she opted for a separation and won custody of their son in 1878. She retreated to her family home and soon became a principal figure of the temperance movement. Gwenllian Elizabeth Fanny Morgan (1852-1939), an antiquary who would go on to be the first woman to be elected as a mayor in Wales, assisted Lady Somerset in the compilation this catalogue. The present catalogue provides a room by room guide to Eastnor Castle with extensive notes on family history and its important contents. The woodcuts depict several rooms, pieces of furniture, and views of the castle. Very good copy. ❧ ODNB. (Inventory #: 6051)
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