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Book - “Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress and Other Poems”
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Title: Book - “Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress and Other Poems”
Identifier: 2004.2.326
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1906-1925
Creation Date: 2012
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A small , red, soft leather book entitled: "Goblin Market, The Prince's Progress and Other Poems" by Christina Rossetti. Book published by Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press. The spine is impressed with the tile, author, and a repeated flower design in gold ink. There is a narrow red ribbon bookmark. Book marked inside with: "The World Classics' series". The front inside cover, reads (in pencil): "Kathleen Colloton 1925".

Christina Rossetti was an author and poet born in London Dec. 5, 1830 to expatriate Italian Gabriele Rossetti and his wife Frances Polidori. Christina was the younger sister of celebrated artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She had a comfortable but sheltered childhood, educated at home by her mother, a very Anglican Christian. Christina was engaged but ended it due to religious differences. She was devout Anglican. She and her mother opened a day school for a short time after her father's health forced him to retire. After that, Christina devoted her time to writing poetry eventually publishing "The Goblin Market and Other Poems" in 1862. She followed this up with "The Princes' Progress and Other Poems" (1866). Later she turned to children's literature. Several of her poems were published independently by various literary magazines. She also wrote several essays for The Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Christina Rossetti died of cancer at the age of 64 and is buried at Highgate Cemetery (West), Highgate, London, England. REF: www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2753 visited Aug. 1, 2007.

Henry Frowde began his career at Oxford University Press as the manager of the London warehouse. In 1880 he was appointed as official Publisher to the University. Under Frowde’s successful business management the Press ventured into publishing popular fiction. It was also under his leadership that the Press undertook a joint venture with the Cambridge University Press to publish the Revised Version of the Bible which would prove to be a monumental success. Frowde was also responsible for advancing the Press's overseas trade, at first in Europe and then in America, Canada, India and Africa. Frowde retired in 1913.
The World Classics' Series was a series of hundreds of novels by famous authors that was published by Oxford Press between 1906 and 1978. The books were cloth bound and hard backed and were sold for low prices that made them very accessible to the general public. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxford_University_Press

Geoffrey Harris Sayers and his sisters, Dora Sayers Caro, and Barbara Sayers Larson donated Benares Historic House to the Ontario Heritage Foundation in 1969. It has operated as a museum under the City of Mississauga since 1995 and was officially transferred to Mississauga in 2000. Geoffrey Sayers and his wife Kathleen (née Colloton) occupied Benares from 1969 until 1981. During that time, they acted as care takers of the estate on behalf Ontario Heritage Foundation. They kept a small display of artifacts in the kitchen, and opened up the house once a year to the public.
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