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SCHIMMELPENNICK, M.A. (Mary Anne). Select Memoirs of Port Royal. To Which Are Appended Tour to Alet, Gift of An Abbess, Visit to Port Royal. Biographical Notices, Etc. Taken From Original Documents.
London: Longmans, Brown, Green, Longmans, and Roberts, 1858. In three volumes. Fifth edition. 8vo., original rust cloth, xxxiv, 324, vi, 334, (2)pp ads, (iv), 327pp. A fine bright copy.
Mary Anne Schimmelpennick (1778-1856) author, born in Birmingham. Both parents were members of the Society of Friends and Mary Anne was raised quite strictly. A timid and imaginative child, she expressed here flair for writing in her teens when she wrote fake Elizabethan manuscripts connected with Mary, Queen of Scots, and buried them with two skull and planted an oak tree to stall their discovery for 300 years. Her parents encouraged her literary pursuits and Mary went to visit Mrs. Barbauld in London. In 1806 Mary Anne married but by 1811 her husband was experiencing extreme financial difficulties, and a quarrel led Mary Anne to break with her family. Schimmelpennick turned her full attention to writing in order to earn a living. About this time, Hannah More sent her some of the writings of the Port Royalists. In 1813 Schimmelpennick published a compilation based on one of the volumes, "Narrative of a Tour to La Grande Chartreuse and Alet, by Oom Claude Lancelot." This was soon followed by a second edition. She continued her investigations into the Port Royalists and in 1815 she visited Port Royal. In 1816 she published "Narrative of the Demolition of the Monastery of Port Royal Des Champs." In 1829 this work and its predecessor were published with additions under the above title, 'Select Memoirs of Port Royal" which included sketches of the most celebrated Port Royalists.