Wives and Daughters (Volume I of Novels and Tales of Mrs. Gaskell).

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Creator

Elizabeth Gaskell.

Title

Wives and Daughters (Volume I of Novels and Tales of Mrs. Gaskell).

Publisher

London: Smith, Elder & Co.,

Date

1880.

Description

Provenance: Margaret Keynes; presentation inscription from Charles Darwin’s wife, Emma, to their son Leonard.

In the words of Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson, Randal Keynes, this book needed “a very good home.” Gaskell was close to the Darwins and modelled the young hero in the book after Charles. A note on the pastedown by Margaret Keynes (Darwin’s niece) reads: “This book was a great favourite of Charles Darwin’s and the last book to be read aloud to him.” The family had tenderly passed this book down, as evidenced by the presentation inscription. I am honored to be the temporary guardian of such an important family treasure.

Source

Garrett Herman

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Citation

Elizabeth Gaskell., “Wives and Daughters (Volume I of Novels and Tales of Mrs. Gaskell).,” Grolier Club Exhibitions, accessed June 25, 2018, http://grolierclub.omeka.net/items/show/373.