PRINCESS SARAH AND OTHER STORIES. By John Strange Winter [pseudonym] ..
1897 · London, New York and Melbourne
by Stannard, Henrietta Eliza Vaughan, writing as "John Strange Winter.
London, New York and Melbourne: Ward, 1897. Octavo, pp. [i-iv] v-vii [viii] 1  3-295 [296: blank], four inserted plates, other illustrations in the text, original decorated dark green cloth front and spine panels stamped in gold and blind, slate coated endpapers. First edition, first printing. "Collects a novella and seven short stories. 'The Little Lady With the Voice: A Fairy Tale' is a story about a female 'familiar' who consoles a young lovelorn woman, promising that the woman will have good fortune from now on. She becomes a successful artist and writer and later discovers the familiar's name: Genius. These sentimental Victorian stories are surprisingly moving, the conventionality of their plots and characters masking a certain archetypal strength. One twist is that some of the heroines find fulfillment not in romance but in art. Stannard was one of the more prolific of Victorian authors, and, like others in the period such as Dickens, Mary Braddon, and Mrs. Henry Wood, she also edited her own journal. Her family had a strong tradition of military service, and the novels written under her masculine pseudonym were convincing and popular." - Robert Eldridge. Ruskin (as quoted in Sutherland, p. 601) said her military novels produced "the most finished and faithful rendering ever yet given of the character of the British soldier." Not in Wolff (who had a substantial number of Stannard's books). Christmas gift inscription on half title page. Spine lean, spine ends and corner tips lightly worn, inner hinges mended, a sound, good copy. A scarce book; only three holdings in COPAC, OCLC adds seven (some perhaps later printings), only one in the U.S., at Stanford University. (#117082) (Inventory #: 117082)