Explore Collections Explore The Collections
You are here: CollectionsOnline  /  Mrs. Galindo's letter to Mrs. Siddons: being a circumstantial detail of Mrs. Siddons's life for the last seven years; with several of her letters.
top left corner
top right corner
bottom left corner
bottom right corner
Image Not Yet Available
GALINDO, Catherine
Mrs. Galindo's letter to Mrs. Siddons: being a circumstantial detail of Mrs. Siddons's life for the last seven years; with several of her letters.
London: printed for the authoress: sold by M. Jones; and to be had of all the booksellers in the United Kingdom. W.N. Jones, printer, 1809.
[4], 80 p. ; 18.1 cm. (8º)

The name of the printer follows the date and the price '5s.' on the title-page. A venomous attack on the actress Sarah Siddons by the minor actress Galindo chiefly motivated by jealousy and a desire for notoriety. It accuses Siddons of carrying on an affair with Mr. Galindo, a fencing instructor who had tutored Siddons for her performance in the role of Hamlet in Dublin in 1802, and of ruining the actress' career and marriage. Her letters, rather than lending substance to the picture of Siddons as seductress, show her, at the worst, as merely indiscreet.

Copy Notes Imperfect; wanting the half-title. Author's initials CG inscribed in ink on title-page. Bound (2) with Hugh Doherty, The discovery, 1807 (q.v.), in a volume bought from Thomas Boone for 5s., 11 August 1825. (Spiers Box). The armorial bookplate of Richard Samuel White with motto 'Honorem Perseverando Petimus' on the front pastedown is probably that of Richard Samuel White who died in Hastings in 1817 (?) and had been a contributor of letters and verses to the European Magazine and the Gentleman's Magazine, and not of the Richard Samuel White junior who was the solicitor of William Beckford and previous owner of the copy of Olvert Dapper's Historische beschryving der stadt Amsterdam, 1663 (q.v.) in Soane's library. (See Emily Lorraine de Montluzin, 'Identifying "R.S.W." and "Ricardus": Richard Samuel White and Ralph Bernal in the European Magazine and the Gentleman's Magazine', ANQ: A Quarterly Journal of Short Articles, Notes and Reviews 15:4,(2002), pp. 29--35).

Binding C19th half calf, marbled-paper boards, gilt-ruled spine with gilt-tooled armorial crest (17 x 19 mm.) of Richard Samuel White in the first compartment, black morocco spine-label reading 'Doherty's Seperation [sic] & Letter to Mrs. Siddons'.

Reference Number 172


If you have any further information about this book,
please contact us:

books@soane.org.uk