LOUDON, Jane. 15494



Autograph Letter Signed ‘J.W.Loudon’, saying she has sent her correspondent’s work to Messrs Bradbury & Evans, asking for “the loan of the cuts indicated”, asking for some of the “cuts from Evangeline”, or another suitable work, “for us to use this week” (in the Ladies’ Companion at Home and Abroad, which she edited). 4 pp.6 x 4 inches, in good condition. Bayswater, 4 March 1850. Jane Webb Loudon (1807-1858), horticultural and miscellaneous writer. In addition to Prose and Verse (1824) she published anonymously The Mummy! A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1827), a pioneering work of science fiction that brought together political commentary, Egyptomania, and interest in technology. She accompanied her husband, John Claudius Loudon (1783-1843), the landscape gardener, on his journeys. Her books were part of an effort to reduce her husband’s debts. Jane Loudon’s most successful work was ‘The Ladies’ Companion to the Flower Garden’ [1841, and many later editions]. Jane Loudon worked for two years as editor of The Ladies Companion at Home and Abroad, after which she ceased publishing. “I have received the enclosed letter from Miss Benham, & unfortunately the cut she has mentioned is I think too painful a subject for a work like the Ladies’ Companion.”