London: Harrison, 59, Pall Mall, Bookseller to the Queen. (n. d.). 1st edition, early issue with advert eps & 'Right of Translation' slug to t.p. (Bishop & Goldie 4i; Garrison & Morton, 1612; 100 Famous Medical Books, 71). ASSOCIATION COPY, x 2. 79, [1 (blank)]. Printed glosses. 8vo. 8-3/8" x 5-5/8" [21.2 cm x 14.1 cm]. Original publisher's dark brown pebbled cloth-covered flexible paper boards with gilt stamped title lettering to front board, and triple blind rules to perimeter. Printed yellow paper advert eps. Gilt bright. Only light binding wear, with corners slightly bumped & minor / faint staining to boards. Bookplate of Florence's goddaughter and grand-niece by marriage Ruth Florence Verney to front paste-down. With t.p. ownership signature of Emily Verney, dated March 1860. Withal, a pleasing VG+ copy, complete with an enviable provenance. Item #36960.3
Notes on Nursing was first published January 1860, and by March 1860 ~ 15,000 copies had been sold [Bishop & Goldie, p. 16]; with the dated ownership inscription this copy one of the first 15,000.
Florence’s niece by marriage, Emily Verney was reportedly “a beautiful girl who had loved Miss Nightingale and gone to Kaiserwerth in imitation of her; when her health had failed she was working with Octavia Hill. On September 10th Miss Nightingale wrote to Dr Balfour: “The grave has not yet closed over the mortal form of one who was almost as dear to me as my own child - one who would have done a great work for God had she lived. Emily Verney - Sir Harry Verney’s only daughter, so loving, so lovely, so loved and with something heroic about her.”” [Florence Nightingale 1820 – 1910
p. 530; C. Woodham-Smith.]
Emily was born to Sir Harry Verney 2nd Bt., & Eliza Hope-Vere in 1843. After her mother’s death in 1857, Sir Harry married Parthenope Nightingale in June 1858. Emily was so inspired by Aunt Florence’s influence on her that she travelled to Kaiserwerth, and later worked alongside social reformer and National Trust founder Octavia Hill until her
untimely death in 1872 at the age of 29.