[SUFFRAGE] [CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT] J.R. (pseud Johnston Forbes-Robertson?)
The Sex Symphony or, Some Missing Political Instruments. By J.R., A Member of the Orchestra
London: Arnold Fairbairns, 1908. First edition. 12mo. Staple-bound pamphlet; 13p. Pencil ownership signature, to front cover, of American feminist and suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, signed with her surname only but in her highly characteristic hand. The anonymous work, in which the author identifies himself as a man, likens modern society to a symphony in which women have been relegated to an inaudible role. It strikes us as quite likely that this is the work of the famed Shakespearean actor/manager Sir Johnston Forbes-Robertson, whose enthusiastic public support for the women's cause has been well-documented; he appears to have been particularly active around the period between the great suffrage marches of 1908 and the London meeting of the International Woman Suffrage Convention in 1909. He was a Vice-President of the Men's League for Women's Suffrage, and married to the prominent suffragist and actress Gertrude Elliott. An uncommon work; OCLC finds only one location in North America (Northwestern); COPAC returns two further locations in Great Britain (Oxford & BL); none of these institutions supply a named author. A remarkable survival, and an excellent association. Chip to rear cover; mild toning; some staining to gutters; Very Good.