Item #6351 The Magic Fruit Garden. Women's Suffrage, Marion Wallace Dunlop.
The Magic Fruit Garden
The Magic Fruit Garden
The Magic Fruit Garden

The Magic Fruit Garden

London / New York: Ernest Nister / E.P. Dutton & Co., [1899]. First edition. 8vo, 95pp. Vignette and full page illustrations throughout by the author. Pictorial brown cloth in red, green, gilt, and lettered in black on spine, g.e. Some light soiling and toning to boards, spine ends bruised. Small tear to bottom edge of rear endpaper, former owner's name in pencil on second page, old tape repair at hinge between pgs 1 and 2, else clean internally and very good.

Uncommon first edition of this second of two children's books written and illustrated by influential Scottish artist and suffragette, Marion Wallace Dunlop (1864-1942).  Dunlop famously used the hunger strike to protest her arrest for militancy in 1909 after she stenciled a passage from the Bill of Rights on a wall of the House of Commons.  She was the first British woman to use that form of protest, which became standard practice for suffragists and influenced the likes of Gandhi, James Connolly and others.  

The Magic Fruit Garden, beautifully illustrated by Dunlop, tells the tale of Doc (Dorothy) a young girl struggling to write an essay on "perseverance," who seeks help in the magic garden of Fairlyand.  

This book is surprisingly scarce, OCLC citing 15 copies. Item #6351

Price: $250.00