1874. Item #86155
WEBSTER, Augusta. YU-PE-YA'S LUTE: A CHINESE TALE, IN ENGLISH VERSE. London: Macmillan and Co., 1874. First edition.  + 64 pp. + 1 pp. publisher's advertisement. 12mo., purple cloth sunned to light brown at spine and edges of boards, spine stamped in gilt, boards stamped in blind. Moderate wear to spine at heel and crown. Small bookseller's label to front flyleaf. Ink ownership dated 1883 to title page. Text clean, light foxing to inside of endpapers only. Adapted from a story in Choix de Contes et Nouvelles traduits du Chinois par Theodore Pavie (Paris, Librairie de B. Duprat, 1839). Webster (1837-1894) was well known during her lifetime as a poet and advocate of women's right to vote; she was the first female writer to hold elective office, for the London School Board in 1879 and 1885. She also worked for the London branch of the National Committee for Women's Suffrage.