first edition Leather Bound
1884 · London & Clifton
by Field, Michael [pseudonym for Katherine Harris Bradley and Edith Emma Cooper]
London & Clifton: George Bell & Sons/J. Baker & Son, 1884. Leather Bound. 204p., errata sheet bound-in, preface, dramatis personae, bookplate of Masonic Library in DC (withdrawn) some unopened pages, covers bowed-out, soiling to covers and endpapers, hinges sound, first edition of both titles (both later republished separately) in white vellum boards with red titles and device, top-edge-gilt. Katherine Harris Bradley (1846-1914) and her niece and ward Edith Emma Cooper (1862-1913) assumed the pen name Michael Field after writing under another set of names, Arran and Isla Leigh. They lived openly as lovers. Bradley was associated with John Ruskin's utopian project, Guild of St. George during her years at Cambridge. The couple died of cancer within eight months of each other. First publication under this pen name.
(Inventory #: 213075)