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A HOME FOR FOUNDLINGS by  Marthe Jocelyn - Paperback - First Edition - 2005 - from Ravenswood Books and Biblio.co.uk

A HOME FOR FOUNDLINGS

by Jocelyn, Marthe

Condition: Fine


Toronto: Tundra Books. Fine. 2005. First Edition. Softcover. 0887767095 . Excellent, as new condition other than a crease across back cover. Clean, no markings. 120 pages. B/w photos & illustrations. "Thousands of mothers carried their babies to the gates of the Foundling Hospital desperate to save them from the cruel streets of eighteenth-century London. Each baby was left with a personal token identification if a repentant mother ever returned to reclaim her child. Captain Thomas Coram, himself childless, was inspired by the sight of babies abandoned on dung heaps to petition the king for support in building a home for England's poorest children. Coram's vision saved countless children's lives. A Home for Foundlings describes the hospital Captain Coram founded, the luminaries involved including Handel, Hogarth, and Dickens and the daily lives of the foundlings themselves...." [295-osl]; 4to 11" - 13" tall .

Marthe Jocelyn is an award-winning author and illustrator who worked for many years as a toy designer before turning her hand to writing. Although this is her first work of nonfiction, she has written five novels, including the critically acclaimed works of historical fiction Mable Riley and Earthly Astonishments. Marthe Jocelyn lives in New York City and Stratford, Ontario with her husband, artist Tom Slaughter, and their daughters.




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