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Bleeck, Emma Kate, 1847 or 1848-1943.
Emma Kate Bleeck juvenile stories : manuscript.
Huish Episcopi, Somerset, England, 1861-1863.
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4 volumes : illustrations ; 94 mm
Rare Books and Manuscripts
In Process PZ7 .B54 1861
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Illustrated manuscript stories by Emma Kate ("Katie") Bleeck, of Huish Episcopi, Somerset. The stories are written in black ink throughout, in a consistent cursive hand. Each is illustrated with small watercolor illustrations (from four to seven per volume). Authorship is inferred from an inscription at the beginning of volume 2: "Ada Bleeck. Hewish Rectory. A birth-day gift from Katie. Octber. 19th, 1861." Each of the four volumes contains a different story, each with a title page. All volumes are bound in cloth, probably also decorated by Bleeck.
The tales feature protagonists of similar background to the author. Volume 1 ("Millie and Hermie"), for example, concerns sisters of 12 and 13, residents of a priory. The adventures appear primarily domestic in nature.
In the census of 1861, Emma Kate Bleeck, aged 13, is listed as one of three daughters of Martha and William Bleeck (the latter was "Rector of the Parish"). Her sister Ada is listed as age 16. The census of 1911 shows Bleeck and her sister still living together (unmarried), at the Old Rectory, Froxfield. From 1917 to 1919, Bleeck served the Red Cross, cooking one day per week at the hospital at Hungerford. The present Emma Kate Bleeck is presumably that who died on 2 January 1943, leaving effects of over £7500 (see: England & Wales, National Probate Calendar).
Subject Terms:
Bleeck, Ada, 1844 or 1845-
Short stories.
Ink drawings.
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