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FAITHFULL, Emily, Three Visits to America

FAITHFULL, Emily Three Visits to America , Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1884.

Large 8vo, pp xvi, 377, a little foxing throughout, fore-edge browned, cloth slightly worn, spine dull and frayed at the head. [She was the youngest daughter of Rev. Ferdinand Faithfull, and was born at Headley Rectory, Surrey. She took a great interest in the conditions of working-women. With the object of extending their sphere of labour, which was then painfully limited, in 1860 she set up a printing establishment for women. The Victoria Press, as it was called, soon obtained a reputation for its excellent work, and Faithfull was shortly afterwards appointed printer and publisher in ordinary to Queen Victoria. In 1863 she began the publication of a monthly organ, The Victoria Magazine, in which for eighteen years she continuously and earnestly advocated the claims of women to remunerative employment. In 1868 she published a novel, Change upon Change. She also appeared as a lecturer, and, with the object of furthering the interests of women, lectured widely and successfully both in England & the United States, which latter she visited in 1872 & 1882. She was a member of the Society for Promoting the Employment of Women. She considered compositor's work (a comparatively lucrative trade of the time) to be a possible mode of employment for women to pursue. This upset the London Printer's Union, which was male-dominated and claimed that women lacked the intelligence & skill to be compositors. Of her nephews, one was the actor Rutland Barrington and another the Indologist John Faithfull Fleet. Amongst her friends she counted Richard Peacock, one of the founders of the Beyer Peacock Locomotive Company, to whom she dedicated the Edinburgh edition of her book. 1888 she was awarded a civil list pension of 50. She died in Manchester.] (Book ref. 006043 )  £ 25.00

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