FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: THE WOUNDED SOLDIER'S FRIEND. by [NIGHTINGALE.] POLLARD, Eliza…

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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE: THE WOUNDED SOLDIER'S FRIEND. Twelfth thousand. London, S.W. Partridge & Co, 9 Paternoster Row. [n.d. but ca.

1892-1893. 8vo, pp. 160, 16 publisher’s catalogue; with engraved frontispiece, 13 full-page engravings, and numerous smaller text engravings; a little browned throughout due to paper quality; with decorative publisher’s advertisements on both endpapers; in the original blue publisher’s decorative cloth, with image of Florence Nightingale tending a soldier on upper cover, head and tail of spine bumped, spine faded and darkened, with further light soiling to covers, extremities a little bumped and rubbed; a good copy. Uncommon early edition of Eliza Pollard’s account of the life of Florence Nightingale, published as part of S.W. Partridge’s ‘Popular Biographies’ series. The British Library suggest the first edition was published in 1890, though the first advertisements we have located appear in 1892. ‘The name of Florence Nightingae has become a ‘household word’ in this land. For something like a generation it has been closely linked with the work of nursing the sick. The book before us tells, in a most impressive manner, the story of her life, and of her many self-sacrificing labours in the cause of Christ and her suffering fellow-creatures. It has our hearty recommendation’ (p. 121, The Primitive Methodist Magazine, Volume 7, 1892). It is also listed in the 1892 Chronicle of the London Missionary Society.
The present copy is noted as being ‘the twelfth thousand printing’, and indeed it was to go through numerous subsequent editions well into the early 10th century. The decorative cover uses the famous image of Florence with her lamp, tending a wounded solder. The front free endpaper bears an ink inscription: ‘To Jane Small. In remembrance of kind attention during illness, from Elizabeth Johnson, New Year’s Day, 1894’.
Eliza Fanny Pollard (1839–1911) was born in London, the daughter of surgeon Edward William Pollard and his first wife. Her step-brother was the bibliographer Alfred William Pollard (1859–1944). Pollard worked briefly as a governess before turning to literature as a profession beginning with the historical novel Avice (1864). She followed with several more works of fiction and biographies aimed at young adult readers.

Bibliography: The British Library date the earliest edition to 1890 on OCLC, with copies at Oxford and the BL ascribed to 1891, and 1892, and then 1899.

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