Memoir Of Priscilla Gurney.

GURNEY, PRISCILLA.

£3,500.00

Place

Earlham, Norwich/Easneye, Ware

Date

c.1825

Item Description

MANUSCRIPT TWO VOLUMES. 7.5 x 9/7.25 x 8.75 inches. First part, [1] + 261 +[1] p.; Second part 299p. Text on both recto and verso but some verso pages blank. Manuscript journals bound in half morocco over marbled boards, spines in compartments, decorated with gilt titles, second part re-backed, marbled endpapers. Extremities a little worn and occasional foxing, but otherwise a very good set. First pages of each part are indexes. Paper ownership labels of H. G. Gaussen on front boards. First part has 1928 manuscript letter from J. H. Buxton of Easneye House, Ware, Hertfordshire to Gaussen returning the memoirs lent to him, affixed to first free endpaper. Illustrated by silhouettes of Priscilla Gurney, taken from The Gurneys of Earlham, on front pastedowns. The two volumes are a memoir of the life of Priscilla Gurney (1785-1821), Quaker minister, author and philanthropist. Priscilla was part of the illustrious Gurney family of Earlham which included her sister Elizabeth Fry and brother-in-law Thomas Fowell Buxton both famous for their work on prison reform and anti-slavery movements. The memoir contains detailed accounts of her travels, attendance at religious and social meetings with notable reforms of the day, and descriptions of her declining health at the young age of 36. Much of this material seems to have been unpublished elsewhere. A heavily edited printed memoir of Priscilla Gurney did appear in the 1850s but these two volumes contain a great deal more detail.

[Stock No. 25815]

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