- Presentation Inscriptions 1
Henry Thornton. Family prayers. 22nd edition. London: Hatchard & Son, 1848.
bound in aubergine morocco gilt with brass clasp and corner pieces, this copy
of Thornton’s Family prayers is
inscribed with the initials of Charles Lewis Dodgson, known by the pen-name
Lewis Carroll, who at 23 presented this copy to a young friend.
The Holy Bible containing the Old and New Testaments. Oxford: University Press, [189-]
Collections contain a late nineteenth century English Bible with a presentation
inscription by Florence Nightingale dated 1893, when she would have been 72
years of age.
(1820-1910) was the British heroine of the Crimean War who, from 1854, with her
band of 38 nurses, transformed the appalling conditions of the base hospital at
Scutari, Constantinople, and worked tirelessly to ease the wounded soldiers’
was a figure of immense reverence for the donor of the Reed Collections, A.H.
Reed, who in 1960 wrote and published a short biography of ‘The lady with the
lamp’ for children. As a child in the 1880s, Reed had spent more than a year in
hospital, with a leg ailment so severe that amputation was considered. He
viewed his full recovery as miraculous, an experience that no doubt influenced
his later interest in volunteering in children wards, notably at Dunedin
Mark Pattison. Milton. London: Macmillan, 1879.
inscription on the front endpaper was written by Henry George Liddell to his
daughter Alice Pleasance, who was the prototype for Lewis Carroll’s Alice of Alice’s adventures in Wonderland fame.
was four when she and her siblings met the then twenty-four-year-old Charles
Lutwidge Dodgson (1832-1898), during his visit to their father’s deanery in
April 1856. Dodgson became a family friend and on 4 July 1862, invented the
story of Alice in Wonderland while on a river picnic with the children. The
following year, however, Dodgson was banished from the Liddell household due to
an unexplained incident (possibly a marriage proposal to Alice), and his
correspondence with Alice, once renewed, became formal and distant.
would have been twenty-seven when she received this book in December 1879, less
than a year away from her marriage to Reginald Hargreaves (1851-1926) in
Charles Dickens. Great expectations, and, The uncommercial traveller. Crown edition. London: Chapman & Hall, 1891.
summer of 1849, when Charles Dickens was 37 years of age, he and his family
spent a holiday at Bonchurch in the Isle of Wight, where, on one occasion, they
were entertained to tea in Lady Jane Swinburne’s garden. Forster quotes from a
letter from Dickens in which he referred to “a golden-haired lad of the
Swinburnes” with whom the Dickens boys used to play.
would have been the poet and literary reviewer Algernon Charles Swinburne
(1837-1909) who would then have been about 12 years of age. Swinburne was close
to his mother, a cultured and maternal woman, and more than 40 years later,
gave to her an inscribed copy of Great
expectations, which resides today in the Reed Collections.