Our White Violet. Kay Spen, pseud.
Our White Violet

Our White Violet

1869: Griffith and Farran, London. First Edition. First edition. A lovely uncommon volume with four hand-colored plates.

Kay Spen was the pseudonym of both Henry C. Selous and Patty Caroline Sellon. Halkett pg. 281 and Wolff 6239 attribute this work to Selous, however, the Cambridge University library states “Kay Spen was one of the pseudonyms of Patty Caroline Sellon. This pseudonym was also used for three novels by the artist Henry Courtney Selous . . . leading him to be erroneously identified by some as the author of this and other children’s books by Patty Sellon.” LC Name Authority File reflects it is Sellon. A curious mix-up which raises the question of how, and why, both authors used the same pseudonym.

16mo. [5], 1-119, [1] + 1-32 advertising catalog. Worldcat show three copies, Copac shows two copies, and no copies have come to auction per RBH at the time of cataloguing. Not in Wolff or Sadleir.
Very good in publisher’s maroon gilt cloth, a.e.g, with bumping to corners, minor tears to cloth at spine, and hinges strengthened. Item #12

Price: $100.00