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Votes for Catharine Susan and Me by Kathleen Ainslie 1st / 1st 1910

Votes for Catharine Susan and Me by Kathleen Ainslie 1st / 1st 1910


First and only edition published by Castell Brothers Ltd London in 1910. 16mo. 23pp. Original illustrated cream wrappers. With plain card covers underneath. Decorated in green and grey with a striking image in the centre of two dutch dolls holding a 'votes for me' banner, both tooled up with a large bag of rocks over their shoulders. This copy is very good or better. There is general soiling to the outer illustrated wrapers and a small scuff mark to the front panel on the right hand side. There is some mild foxing to the inside card covers. There is a previous owners inscription to the title page.


A political childrens story about two dutch dolls who are recruited to join the suffragettes. Part of a collection of winsome adventures of a group of dutch wooden peg dolls, which were a nursery staple of the period. This one is scarce and the most sought after with currently only six copies in institutions and one other in commerce. Ainslee might have been hoping to sway her young (and older) readers with regard to which way they would perceive the cause for obtaining the vote for women. Her story can be seen as anti-suffrage as she warns its reader of the perils of misbehaving. Its protagonists ultimately in the end decide its best to go home - after being arrested, imprisoned and going on a hunger strike.   

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