Sampson, Low, Marston and Company. London. 1894.
FIRST EDITION. 8vo. (7.4 x 5 inches). Some light foxing to a most pages but generally a very good copy in an attractive early twentieth century arts and crafts style binding of red/brown morocco. Spine with raised bands, each decorated with gilt dots. Compartments ruled and lettered in gilt. Decorative gilt tooled borders on both boards with double ruled lines and floral corner pieces. Triple gilt ruled lines on turn-ins, with gilt dots in the corners. All edges gilt. A little rubbing to the extremities but overall a nice and attractively bound copy of this scarce work. --- Best known for her biography of Florence Nightingale, Matheson wrote several volumes of poetry. This collection was her second. Critics at St. James Gazette pointed out that she was "not one of those women poets who strive to write as men; she has the characteristics of her sex, and is before all things gentle, sympathetic, humane."