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Florence Collins, The Luddingtons, Heinemann 1906

Florence Collins, The Luddingtons, Heinemann 1906

Posted: 31 Jan 2013 7:33PM GMT
Classification: Query
Edited: 1 Feb 2013 3:05PM GMT
Surnames: Collins, Davis, Frankau
I am looking for a novel published by my great-grandmother-in-law Floretta Collins (née Florette Davis, 1867, London, died 1937 in Goring, Oxfordshire). It was written under the name Florence Collins, titled "The Luddingtons" and published by Heinemann in 1906. Any help in finding a copy would be appreciated. I can't find it at any of the usual places on the WEB.
I have found the following description of the storyline:

THE ATHENAEUM JOURNAL OF LITERATURE, SCIENCE,
THE FINE ARTS, MUSIC, AND THE DRAMA.
JULY TO DECEMBER, 1906. LONDON:

PRINTED BY JOHN EDWARD FRANCIS, ATHEN.EUM PREBS, BREAM'S BUILDINGS, CHANCERY LANE.
PUBLISHED AT THE OFFICE, BREAM'S BUILDINGS, CHANCERY LANE, E.G.,

BY JOHN C. FRANCIS AND J. EDWARD FRANCIS.

MDCCCCVI.

[SUPPLEMENT to the ATHEN&UM with No. 4134, Jau. 19, 1907

The first novel to be published from.
Mr. Heinemann's autumn fist will be ' The
Luddingtons.' It will appear on Sep-
tember 14th, and is the first book from
the pen of the author, Florence Collins.

The Luddingtons. By Florence Collins.
(Heinemann.)

The theme of this novel, though not
wholly pleasant, has certainly the unusual
merit of originality. The hero is an
eminent physician self-dedicated to the
discovery of a cure for a dire disease. The
doctor is beloved by a girl who inherits on
the maternal side a predisposition to this
disease. Her mother is, indeed, already
attacked by it, but knowing the future
son-in-law's horror of any such hereditary
taint, she keeps her condition a secret — a
species of heroism to which we find it
impossible to accord the approval de-
manded by the author. The novel con-
tains one excellent character — the heroine's
father, a self-made City man of Jewish
origin, who is absolutely life-like, and in
his way attractive. With his wife, how-
ever, he shares pecuhar views of honour,
which lead him to defraud his daughter
and heiress by setthng her fortune, not
on herself, but on her husband.

Floretta's brother-in-law, Horace Samuel Collins (1875-1964) also published his autobiography "My Best Riches; story of a stone rolling round the world and the stage",Publisher: [London] Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1941. I have a copy of this and it is rich in information in anyone researching this branch of the Collins family.
Floretta was sister to writers Julia Davis (pen name Frank Danby) and Elza Davis, who wrote under the name Mrs. Aria. Julia Davis was mother to Gilbert Frankau, writer and poet, and grandmother to Pamela Frankau, also a writer. All their books, especially their autobiographies, give a rare insight into the period, and into Jewish family history in London.

Re: Florence Collins, The Luddingtons, Heinemann 1906

Posted: 1 Feb 2013 6:44AM GMT
Classification: Query
There only seem to be 6 places in the world that have "The Luddingtons" in their collections.

http://www.worldcat.org/title/luddingtons-a-novel/oclc/85187...
One is in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA; one is in Zurich, Switzerland.
The others are:
National Library of Scotland
The British Library, British National Bibliography
The British Library, St. Pancras
University of Cambridge

Re: Florence Collins, The Luddingtons, Heinemann 1906

Posted: 1 Feb 2013 9:13AM GMT
Classification: Query
Surnames: Collins, Davis, Frankau
Hi. Thanks very much for your trouble. I did find these on the WEB searching I did. The library in Zurich will let me look at it if I join, and they will even send it to the EPFL library in Lausanne (an hour from where I live) but in either case, I will not be allowed to take it out of the reading room. Maybe one day I shall just go and read it there over a couple of days. But I would love to find a copy that someone has lying about unloved on their bookshelves! Thanks again and kind regards, Carol
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