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EARLY WOMEN'S AMERICANA
ROWSON, Susanna. AN ABRIDGEMENT OF UNIVERSAL GEOGRAPHY; TOGETHER WITH SKETCHES OF HISTORY. DESIGNED FOR THE USE OF SCHOOLS AND ACADEMIES IN THE UNITED STATES. Boston: Printed for John West, . First edition. 12mo. iv,13-302 pp. 'The Advertisement by the Author,' which doesn't appear in all copies, and then it is usually bound at the end, is laid-down to front pastedown in this copy; it is chipped at fore-edge and has a paper adhesion at the top right corner. Bound in worn, contemporary leather which is rubbed all over, has shallow loss (1/8") at heel and crown, and rounded fore-corners. Moderate foxing, occasional thumbing, and some ink corrections to text. Contemporary ownerships, in both ink and pencil, on first text page and on rear flyleaf, along with some juvenile practice of writing and sums in pencil on flyleaf and (chipped) rear pastedown. Front free endpaper is lacking; first recto being the title page. One leaf (U3) has a closed tear. A well-used copy of a rare, early academic text by Susanna Rowson (1762-1824), the British-born American author/actress. Rowson emigrated to America at an early age, and although she and her family left during the Revolution, she returned to act with a Philadelphia theater company. On her retirement from the stage in the last decade of the 18th century, she headed a Boston girls' school until the 1820s. Her best known work is "Charlotte Temple: A Tale of Truth" (1791). (BAL 17010; Sabin 73602; Vail 596 - with a pub. date of 1805). $1,950.00 #80287
WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS. JOURNAL OF THE ANNUAL CONVENTION OF THE WOMAN'S RELIEF CORPS, auxiliary to the Grand Army of the Republic. Various places (Boston, MA; Washington, D.C.; Minneapolis, MN): various publishers (E. B. Stillings & Co., Griffith-Stillings Press; The National Tribune Co.; Japs-Olson Co.), various dates (1888-1932). A large, nearly consecutive, run of this yearly journal; we offer the years from 1888 to 1932, covering the sixth through the fiftieth conventions, lacking the issues for only five years (1889, 1890, 1913, 1920, and 1929). 40 volumes. Many volumes contain illustrations from photographs of the various officers of the organization. 8vo. Two volumes are bound in half leather. Fourteen volumes are bound in cloth, with gilt-stamped title to spine, and a.e.g. Twenty-four volumes are bound in printed paper wrappers. Ex library. Tipped-in to the volume of the ninth convention, held in 1891, is a holograph, presentation letter from Mary E. Deane, President of Massachusetts Department of the W.R.C.. The half leather volumes are missing large portions of the spines and the boards are detached. The spines of the paper- wrappered volumes are sunned, with some occasional chipping to wrappers; a few of the volumes have either the front or back panel detached. The text leaves are clean and the overall condition of the group is quite good. The price for the collection: $1,500.00
TARBELL, Ida M. SIGNED LETTER TO SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY MCADOO, 1916, REFUSING A POSITION ON THE TARIFF COMISSION. One page, one side, 8 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches, blue personal stationery with Tarbell's address. Typed. Letter creased horizontally and vertically, two corners slightly creased. Overall very good condition. In this letter, dated December 30, 1916, Tarbell graciously declines the Secretary's proposal (via Wilson) that she serve on the Tariff Commission: "...I hope that you know that I do consider it a privilege and an honor ... I am not physically fit to undertake the work. I have held very confining positions for years, and recently have had to vary my work ... It only means, however, that I have had to seek a change of work, not that I am retired. As a matter of fact I was never working harder." Tarbell proposes that she might aid the Commission by "interpreting it to the public ... through my professional channels." She makes reference to her tariff work of a few years past, which left her "in a rather anarchist mood on the subject ... Still, if I do attempt to write or talk again on the subject, I shall, for the sake of the cause, sink my anarchism and be wise as a serpent." Tarbell's THE TARIFF IN OUR TIMES was published in 1911, and made investigation of how the tariff system benefited businesses rather than the public. $1500.00 #80220
PATTERNS, WINSLOW HOMER WOODCUTS, HAND-COLORED PLATES
[PERIODICALS - NINETEENTH CENTURY] HARPER'S BAZAR VOL 1 NOS 1-61, 1867-1868. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1867-1868. 976 pp. + patterns and plates. Folio, quarter black leather (most of spine chipped away) with brown pebbled cloth boards. Boards and leather quite worn. Some light foxing to interior here and there, as to be expected. Plates clean. Some patterns a bit nicked at edges. 28 large patterns, most approximately 30 x 21 inches, with one a spectacular 36 x 32 inches. Also includes Four Winslow Homer woodcuts, one of which is a very nice double page spread called "Opening Day in New York," referring to the new fashion season. There are three smaller folio hand colored woodcuts, very sharp, printed in Paris and featuring young fashionable ladies. Quite rare, especially with contents in such wonderful condition. $3,750.00 #83628
ADDAMS, Jane. TWENTY YEARS AT HULL-HOUSE WITH AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOTES. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910. First edition, inscribed on the ffep.; while the recipient's name is not quite legible, it is clearly signed: "Comp of the author|Jane Addams." Illustrations by Norah Hamilton and photographic reproductions of Addams and others. xviii,462, pp. +  pp. pub.'s adv. Octavo, brick cloth, lettered in gilt at spine and upper board, color illustration laid-down on upper board. Internally clean, though there are small abraded patches on the frontisp. and t.p., where they had once been stuck together, and one leaf has a marginal chip just touching a couple of lines of text on p. 425. The cloth binding is moderately soiled and a bit rubbed all over, worn at edges, sunned at spine and chipped at the head; hinges are cracked and the volume is shaken in binding. Only a good copy, but inscribed.
Addams (1860-1935) was a pioneering social reformer and peace activist who worked primarily in Chicago, but her influential ideas were felt throughout the United States and beyond. She and her colleagues documented tenement conditions, sweatshops, and child labor; she worked for the reform of the corrupt Chicago municipal system and fought for the special treatment of children by the courts. In 1889 she found Hull-House settlement which grew to include a day nursery, gymnasium, dispensary and playground, cooking and sewing courses, and a co-operative boarding house for working girls. In 1931 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with Nicholas Murray Butler of Columbia University; it was the first time the Nobel Prize was awarded to an American woman. $600.00 #71403
MILLAY, Edna St. Vincent. "THE PATIENT PERIODICAL," in THE VASSARION, Volume Twenty-nine. Poughkeepsie, NY: Vassar College, 1917. Illustrated. Small quarto. Two parts bound as one: 204,; 55, pp. Black paper with a simulated leather texture, title printed in white on spine, an owl device which incorporates the year is stamped in silver gilt on upper board. Vassar-designed bookplate with student signature, a member of the class of 1918, on recto of frontispiece. Binding is sound though chipped at crown, superficially rubbed along joints, and worn through just at the tips of corners. Text and photos are clean.
This is the Vassar College yearbook for the class of 1917. Printed on p. 59 are the lyrics to "The Patient Periodical," Millay's winning entry in the Class Song Contest of 1916 for which she wrote both the words and music. Millay's senior portrait appears on p. 80; and there is an informal picture of her on p. 27 of the second part in which she is identified as Vincent, her familiar name. Millay's name also appears as a member of the Tree Ceremonies Committee (p. 53), as a cast member of "The Locked Chest" (p. 122), and as President of the Spanish Club (p. 168).
Millay, a scholarship student at Vassar, began her studies at the age of twenty-one. While there, she studied literature and languages, and wrote and appeared in several plays for college productions. She had trouble obeying the rules and regulations meant to protect young Vassar students and was very nearly barred from graduation but for the intervention of faculty and students. After graduation, and before the year had ended, Millay began her successful and very public career by publishing Renascence and Other Poems and moving to New York City. $750.00 #81280
GRANT, [Anne] Mrs.. MEMOIRS OF AN AMERICAN LADY: with sketches of manners and scenery in America, as they existed previous to the revolution. New York: Printed for Samuel Campbell, by D. & G. Bruce, 1809. Same year as the two-volume first American edition published at Boston. viii,344 pp. 12mo., full-bound in contemporary sheep with a black spine label. Leather is rubbed along edges and scuffed on surfaces, with shallow loss at heel and crown. Paper is age toned with some occasional light foxing and just a couple of spots of marginal soiling. Nonetheless, it is a very good copy. The author, commonly known as "Mrs. Grant of Laggan," was the daughter of a British army officer. She spent her early years, until the age of thirteen, in Albany, NY with the subject of this book, Mrs. Philip (Catherine) Schuyler, aunt of Gen. Philip Schuyler. It contains information about the Schuyler family and Albany customs, travel in the northeast colonies, and Native Americans, particularly the Mohawk tribes in New York state. (Howes G303, Larned 1101, Sabin 28296). $325.00 #77687
ADAMS, Hannah [and Mrs. Hannah F. Lee]. A MEMOIR OF MISS HANNAH ADAMS, WRITTEN BY HERSELF, WITH ADDITIONAL NOTICES BY A FRIEND. Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1832. 110 pp. 12mo., green cloth with paper spine label. Fair to good, rear joint starting, spine label scraped with only remnants legible. Light pale spotting to cloth. Interior foxed, hinges starting. Rear flyleaf has small chip and small closed tear. Lovely lithograph frontispiece portrait, slight soil to page edges, not affecting image. $600.00 #80303
SANGSTER, Margaret E. WINSOME WOMANHOOD: FAMILIAR TALKS ON LIFE AND CONDUCT. Illustrated by Studies from Life by W. B. Dyer. New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1900. First edition. 260 pp. 12mo., red cloth stamped in white and gilt, decorative cover with cameo vignette. TEG. Slight rubbing to spine. B/w frontispiece photo reproduction and tissue guard fine. Advice to ladies young and old. In very good illustrated dust jacket, slight age-toning, a few nicks at joints, spine. $250.00 #80356
INSCRIBED WITH A POEM
[FREEMAN] Mary E. Wilkins. A NEW ENGLAND NUN and Other Stories. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1891. First edition. A four line holograph poem in Wilkins' hand and signed by her on the front preliminary page. There is also and ownership ink name and date on the flyleaf. Some wear to the crown and general light soil and fading to the boards else it is a very good copy. In our experience, signed or inscribed books by this author are rare. (BAL 6325) $475.00 #85168
WILKINS, Mary E. PEMBROKE. London: Osgood, McIlvaine & Co., 1894. Second edition. Inscribed by the author on front flyleaf from Randolph, Massachusetts, dated August 1894. 324 pp. 8vo., brown cloth stamped in silver. Spine slightly rolled, with a few nicks to heel. Light staining to spine under title, which is slightly faded. The corners are bumped and have slight wear; there is also a small dampstain to the top of the front joint. Light foxing to half-title, and the text is toned at the margins. Overall a good plus copy, with a rare inscription. BAL 6337. $175.00 #85169
SHELLEY, Lady Frances, ed. Richard EDGECUMBE. THE DIARY OF FRANCES LADY SHELLEY 1787-1817. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1912. vii +  + 406 pp. 8vo., dark blue cloth stamped in gilt and black. Top edge gilt. Faint dust soil to bottom edge, else fine, a lovely copy in a good dust jacket with light soil and a few closed tears at edges. Owner's ink signature on front flyleaf. Interior clean and bright, with tissue guard at frontispiece. B/w plates. $200.00 #83081