Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott & Co., 1869. First American Edition. Hardcover. Very good. 12mo. 174 pp. plus  pp. of publisher's advertisements. Half title. Publisher's purple cloth, spine gilt. Light wear and fading at extremities, minor dampstains on rear board. Crease and 1/2-inch tear in upper-outer corner of title leaf, faint marginal dampstain in rear twenty leaves. Very good. First American edition of John Stuart Mill's Utilitarian treatise on women's rights, influenced heavily by his wife, Harriet Taylor Mill, arguing for full social and legal equality between the sexes.
[Albany: New York Senate, 1836]. First Edition. Disbound. Near fine.  pp. Single leaf, disbound. Stab holes, minor edge toning, else near fine. Petition by the Medical Society of the State of New York to the state legislature to build an adequate home and hospital for the mentally ill. Signed in print by 28 members of the Society, the document refers to an estimated 2000 "lunatics" in the state with no means for treatment or care (at the time, New York's sole incorporated asylum could house only 250 patients and its only private facility 60). Confident in new possibilities for successful treatment, the petitioners argue that "justice and humanity" call the state to "restore that unfortunate portion of our population to reason, their friends and the community."
Rouen: Imprimerie de L.-S. Lefevre, 1839. First Edition. Softcover. Very good. 45 pp. In French. Disbound, original printed wrappers retained. Early ink inscription in front wrapper. Some wear and mild foxing. Very good. Discussion on prison reform presented to the General Council of the Lower Seine by Jacques-Daniel Fauquet, Mayor of Bolbec. Fouquet examines the Auburn and Philadelphia models of penal labor and solitary confinement, as reported upon by Beaumont and Tocqueville earlier in the decade and since adopted by other institutions in the U.S. and Great Britain. He concludes that the Philadelphia system offers the most practical, humane, and effective system for France and votes for its establishment there. The address is followed by a section of notes on Auburn and Philadelphia-model prisons in the U.S., Scotland, and Geneva.
Glover, Vermont: Bread and Puppet, 1984. First Edition. Softcover. Fine. Peter Schumann et al.. Quarto.  pp. including illustrations. Original pictorial self-wrappers, stapled. A fine copy. First edition of Bread and Puppet founder Peter Schumann's essay on and recipe for Silesian bread, illustrated with numerous photographic and woodcut images.
Newark, Vt.: The Janus Press, 1978. First Trade Edition. Softcover. Fine. Square 12mo.  pp. of Masonite relief-cut images and captions (not printed directly from the blocks). Original red pictorial wrappers, stitched. A fine copy. First trade edition of the touching picture book created by Peter Schumann for Bread and Puppet Theater, issued in celebration of the 800th birthday of St. Francis.