CROMMELIN, Maria Henrietta de la Cherois. Orange Lily. [A novel.] By M. Crommelin author of “Queenie”, “My Love She’s but a Lassie” “A Jewel of a Girl”.
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London: George Routledge & Sons, New York: 416 Broome Street, 1880. pp. 374, 12. Pictorial green papered boards. Ex libris with stamp. Minor wear to extremities, otherwise a nice copy.
COPAC locates 4 copies only. No copy on WorldCat. Loeber C498.
Maria Henrietta de la Cherois Crommelin, known as May de la Cherois Crommelin, (1850-1930), novelist, poet and travel writer born at Carrowdore Castle in County Down. While growing up, she and her family often lived elsewhere because of the political situation at home, and Crommelin was educated by governesses. The family moved to Devon in the 1880s at the height of the Land War, and after the death of her traditionalist father in 1885 she lived independently in her own flat in London. Though her family were “French gentry”, descended from the Huguenot linen merchant Louis Crommelin, they were not at all wealthy, and Crommelin earned a living by writing. One of her cousins was the astronomer Andrew Claude de la Cherois Crommelin. She wrote 42 novels, which were often based upon her travels. Her first, ‘Queenie’, was published in 1874. ‘Orange Lily’ is set in Ulster, where she was born.
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