NIGHTINGALE (FLORENCE) Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not, FIRST EDITION, [1860]; and 3 others (a book inscribed by Florence Nightingale, and works by Francis Galton and Harriet Martineau, the latter the author's own copy (4)

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Lot 32
NIGHTINGALE (FLORENCE)
Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not, FIRST EDITION, 1860; and 3 other association copies including a book inscribed by Florence Nightingale and Harriet Martineau's copy of one of her own books (4)

Sold for £ 3,562 (US$ 4,403) inc. premium
FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE AND THE CRIMEA

Books from the Library of Hugh Small, author of Florence Nightingale: Avenging Angel, to whom we are grateful for information and quotes used in the text.
NIGHTINGALE (FLORENCE)
Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not, FIRST EDITION, issue with 'The right of Translation is reserved' at foot of title, advertisements including 'Burke's... Peerage... for 1860' on endpapers, typed letter from Christie's inserted at rear confirming that the book was sold in 1997 by a direct descendant of Richard Monckton Milnes, publisher's pebbled cloth [Bishop & Goldie 4], Harrison, [1860]--GALTON (FRANCIS) Hereditary Genius. An Inquiry into its Laws and Consequences, FIRST EDITION, 2 folding tables, bookplate of Robert, second baron Houghton, Marquis of Crewe (same provenance as above), 2 folding tables, contemporary half calf, spine gilt, Macmillan, 1869--MARTINEAU (HARRIET) England and Her Soldiers, FIRST EDITION, THE AUTHOR'S COPY, SIGNED on the half-title, and with a loosely inserted autograph letter from Sidney Herbert ("I was only lately aware of your intercourse with Miss Nightingale on the subject of military Sanitary Reform... As regards the book England and her Soldiers I will do all I can to promote its circulation and perusal... Indeed it is a book for authorities rather than the men"), 3 folding mortality diagrams (one coloured, spotted), publisher's decorative cloth gilt, Smith, Elder 1859--HUNTER (WILLIAM WILSON) Rulers of India. The Earl of Mayo, PRESENTATION COPY FROM FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, inscribed on front free endpaper "Urith on her wedding day_to leave for India/ With Aunt Florence's love and fervent good wishes/ Florence Nightingale, London Feb. 16/99", folding map, portrait, publisher's cloth, Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1892, 8vo (4)

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  • A fine group of association copies, comprising: a first edition of Notes on Nursing from the library of a descendant of Richard Monckton Milnes, Florence Nightingale's persistent but ultimately rejected suitor; Francis Galton, Hereditary Genius, from the same library; a book inscribed by 'Aunt Florence' as a wedding gift for Mary Urith F. Coltman (1869-1930, younger daughter of her first cousin Bertha), who was an active supporter of district nursing and founder of the Queen's Nursing chapter in Fulham; and Harriet Martineau's own copy of England and Her Soldiers, a work "Written to help Miss Nightingale" (Leslie Stephen in DNB), in fact ghosted and subsidised by Nightingale to popularise her theory that Scutari was a death-camp.
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