London: Richard Bentley and Son, 1884. First edition. 8vo. 2 volumes: xiv, 338; x 365 pp. Frontispiece portraits of Yates and two other portraits, title-page vignettes; with half-titles. Extra-illustrated, with the insertion of 59 autograph notes and letters, signed postal covers, clipped signatures and sentiments, etc., of 19th-century luminaries from a variety of fields, literature, theater, art, politics, reform, society, nobility, etc., and 102 plates, portraits, views, carte-de-visites (3), etc., 3 of the plates in color. Edmund Yates (1831-1894) was a British novelist and journalist, author of "Running the Gauntlet" and "The Black Sheep," and editor of "The World: A Journal for Men and Women" which published its first issue in 1874: "['The World' was] one of the leading society papers with its investigative reports, gossip, and intimate style of journalism; it also printed verse, installments of fiction, letters from important authors, drawings, etc." (OCLC). With the bookplate of Arthur Haynsworth Masten on the front pastedown of the second volume (an autograph note by Yates, pasted to the front pastedown of the first volume, may cover a bookplate); Masten (1855-1935), the well-to-do nephew of President Arthur wrote histories of Cohoes, New York, and the Adirondac, a fishing club in the Adirondacks. Joints and corners a little rubbed, but a very good copy with a wealth of Victorian extra-illustration. Somewhat later blue-green three quarter crushed morocco, gilt, and marbled boards and endpapers, spines richly gilt with ornaments and titles between raised bands, top edge gilt, by Morrell. (9814). Item #57575
Highlights from the autographs include: (1) an autograph note by Nadar (1820-1910), the prominent photographer; (2) an 1897 National-American Woman Suffrage Association check signed by Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906) and Alice Stone Blackwell (1857-1950) and the group's treasurer Harriet Taylor Upton (1853-1945), all key leaders in the American women's suffrage movement; (3) a dated signature by Willkie Collins (1824-1889), prominent British novelist; (4) an 1826 signed address panel by George Canning (1770-1827), Prime Minister in 1827; and (5) an 1866 signed address panel by George Cruikshank (1792-1878), British caricaturist and illustrator. Among the other 54 are autographs by novelists Mayne Reid, Charles Reade, and Geraldine Jewsbury, editor of Punch, Shirley Brooks, clown Richard Flexmore, and the actor Henry Irving.