New York: Appleton, 1899. First United States edition. Published in London and Edinburgh in 1898. Binding slightly shaken. Some light toning but overall pages are clean. Ink signature of “E.W. Beck” and small numerical library stamp on front free endpaper. A lovely, near-fine, bright copy in a good original dust jacket. Publisher’s pictorial light green cloth with silver and dark blue design and gilt lettering. Octavo. vi pp., 418 pp.,  pp. publisher’s ads. Item #16686
The present book tells the story of a young woman, Wilhelmina Galbraith, who grows up alone with her grandmother on a Scottish estate called Windyhaugh. A contemporary advertisement of this book, published in Blackwood’s Magazine and reprinted in several other D. Appleton books at the time, describes Windyhaugh as a “careful and penetrating analysis of the evolution of a woman’s mind” and that “every character is limned with a conscientious care that bespeaks the true artist…Windyhaugh compels admiration for its brilliancy of style.”.
Graham Travers (1859-1918), born Margaret G. Todd, was a writer and doctor who coined the term “isotope” in 1913 in correspondence with her friend Frederick Soddy, the Nobel Prize winning chemist. Travers wrote several popular novels; a collection of short stories, titled Fellow Travellers (1896); and a biography of her partner, the doctor and activist Sophia Jex-Blake, with whom Travers lived for almost twenty years. Travers was also a doctor at Edinburgh Hospital and advocate for the rights of women working in the medical field.