Queens of Song. Being Memoirs of Some of the Most Celebrated Female Vocalists who have appeared on the Lyric Stage, from the Earliest Days of Opera to the present Time. To which is added A Chronological List of all the Operas that have been performed in Europe - Ellen Creathorne Clayton 1863 - Smith, London An attractive set, containing short entertaining biographies of over 40 female vocalists mostly opera singers of the late 18th and early 19th century, added to which are - Chronological list of operas, and their composers; Alphabetical list of dramatic composers, not pre-eminent as operatic writers; and List of authorities. With the armorial bookplate of Charles Everett ‘Patria Veritas Fides’.

Illustrated with 6 fine engraved portraits.
  Eleanor Creathorne Clayton [1834-1900] writer, illustrator and cartoonist. Daughter of Benjamon Clayton III, a member of a well-established family of Dublin engravers. Her earliest writing and illustrations were published in Chat and Punchinello [both owned by her father] and Sala's London. It was all but impossible at that time for a woman to attend art school, so she educated herself by copying at the National Gallery and the British Museum. She wrote biographical anthologies on women - Notable Women; Women of the Reformation; Celebrated Women; English Female Artists; and Female Warriors - and children's fiction.

Two volumes. pp. [4] xvi 381 [5]; [8] 452 [2].
  Contemporary binding by Lauriat Co., Boston, in full tan calf with titles and Art Nouveau style decoration in gilt to spines, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers   Condition: Near fine, moderate occasional foxing, spines darkened.   Ref: 104623   Price: HK$ 6,000