A Chart of Universal History from 4000 B.C. to 1900 A.D (cover title "Historical Chart")
Chronological chart, approx. 26 x 98 inches, mounted and folded into green cloth hardcover folio, 13.75 x 10.5 inches. Printed in black, red, and blue. Not illustrated. Chart shows occasional soil and dimpling from light handling. Cloth covers beginning to fray/split at the front joint and internally cracked along the lining of the backstrip. Dull soil and discoloration to covers. Inscribed and annotated by Loder; publisher's notices tipped onto pastedown. Small areas on the chart pasted over with corrections.
The chart contains a patchwork of historical events and figures, with Egypt consistently represented throughout the rise and fall of civilizations. Achievements in science and technology are also noted alongside the influential poets, writers, artists, musicians, and philosophers of certain ages. "The names at the head of each century have been selected for use at the Educational Museum at Haslemere, as a help to the memory, after some conference with representatives of different nationalities…" Lady Loder was evidently much influenced by Sir Jonathan Hutchinson, founder of the Museum. The chart is undated, but begins appearing in publisher’s ads in natural history and entomology journals as early as 1912, the year Hutchinson died.
OCLC records 1 copy of the "Historical Chart" in 5 pages by Louise de Vere Loder Wakehurst at the University of Sydney, with the cataloger's note: "This historical chart was designed by Lord Wakehurst's mother during a long illness, for the instruction of his sisters and himself when they were school children just before the First World War." John de Vere Loder, 2nd Baron Wakehurst, was the last British Governor of New South Wales.
This copy is signed/inscribed “from Louise Loder” and is peppered with her handwritten additions and annotations, a unique copy of the work which did not appear to gain much traction, despite her peerage and general popularity in high society. A very active member of the Primrose League, she was regularly described in publications like “Black and White” as the “pretty” and “clever” wife of Brighton M.P. Sir Gerald Loder, Baron Wakehurst. Born Louise de Vere Beauclerk, she was the daughter of William Ameleus Aubrey de Vere Beauclerk, 10th Duke of Saint Albans and Lady Sybil Mary Grey, a personal friend of Queen Victoria.