~ A Handful of Yarns by Agnes E. Weston Signed Copy ~
This is a small hardback containing twelve short stories by Agnes Weston.
The book is illustrated throughout with black & white photographs and drawings.
The book was published in 1898 S. W. Partridge & Co.
The book is signed on the first page by the author ‘from A.E.Weston with best wishes 1899’.
~ Dimensions ~
6 ½ inches (16.5cm) by 4 ¼ inches (11cm) by a quarter of an inch (1cm). It weighs….
~ Condition ~
The book is in fair condition. Internally the pages and illustrations are in wonderful condition. There is slight foxing along the edge of the pages bar the front flyer which has a small tear to the upper edge. The binding is in good order. The cover is quite worn and scratched with the remnants of a sticker on the reverse.
~ Dame Agnes Weston ~
Dame Agnes Weston, GBE (1840–1918), popularly known as Aggie Weston or Ma Weston, was an English philanthropist noted for her work among sailors in the Royal Navy.
Weston was born in London. In 1868 she took up hospital visiting and parish work in Bath, and through beginning a correspondence with a seaman who asked her to write to him, developed into the devoted friend of sailors, superintendent of the Royal Naval Temperance Society and co-founder of the Royal Sailors’ Rests at Devonport and Portsmouth.
In June 1918 her work for the Royal Navy was publicly recognised when she was appointed Dame Grand Cross of the Order of the British Empire (GBE). On her death she became the first woman ever given a full ceremonial Royal Navy funeral.