Votes for Catharine Susan and Me
Votes for Catharine Susan and Me

[SUFFRAGETTES]. AINSLIE, Kathleen (author and illustrator). Votes for Catharine Susan and Me.

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[SUFFRAGETTES]. AINSLIE, Kathleen (author and illustrator). Votes for Catharine Susan and Me. London; Castell Brothers Ltd. [1910].

Small square 8vo. Original pictorial cream chromolithographed card covers with fold-over flaps; pp. [24]; with 11 fine and rich chromolithographed plates, including one double-page spread, opposing text in grey calligraphic font; an uncommonly fresh copy of a scarce book with the usual overall toning, some abrasion to spine fold, and a little gentle flaking, internally clean and fresh throughout bar some foxing to inner covers.
First edition. By far the scarcest and most sought-after of Kathleen Ainslie's Dutch doll books being, purportedly, the first children's book to deal with the issue of women's suffrage. The narrator, and her friend Catharine Susan, stumble upon a women's rights meeting, and as they have nothing better to do, join in: "She said 'All men was cruel and wicked and we must have votes and turn them out - So they drew lots who should go and tell them. Catharine Susan and me got the shortest straws". After tussles and attempted break-ins they end up in prison. Rather disappointingly though when the Home Secretary and the Governor come to see them they are full of contrition, and agree to go quietly.

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