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Penelope\'s Irish Experiences
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Penelope's Irish Experiences

By WIGGIN Kate Douglas

Boston: Houghton, Mifflin & Co, 1901. First edition. three-quarter green morocco over marbled boards, spine with raised bands and decorated and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, marbled endpapers, by CAZ. Spine a bit faded to brown, else fine. Octavo. With two page autograph letter dated June 15th 1912 on printed note head, black ink, signed Kate Douglas Wiggin .


A Gallery of Women

By DREISER Theodore

New York: Horace Liveright, 1929. cream parchment over black boards, decoratively stamped in silver. Browning and spotting to spines. A very good set, lacking the case. Octavo. Two volumes First limited edition. One of 560 copies, signed by the author .


The Richard Harding Davis Years. A Biography of a Mother and Son

By [DAVIS Rebecca Harding] . LANGFORD Gerald

New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, (1961). First edition. cloth. Small spot of browning inside lower front cover, else fine/pictorial dust jacket. Octavo. Illustrated with photographs Although she would go on to a long career as a writer, the zenith of Rebecca Davis’ literary output was reached with the anonymous publication in the April, 1861 Atlantic Monthly of her story of the deprived lives of mill workers in Wheeling, West Virginia, “Life in the Iron-Mills”. It was reissued the following year in book form as Margaret Howth. Her famous son Richard Harding Davis became an immensely popular story writer and journalist as well as the epitomization of American manhood. Indeed, Davis was actually the model for the male counterpart of his friend the artist Charles Dana Gibson’s famous “Gibson Girl”. As for the Gibson Girl herself, the prototype was Irene Gibson (1873-1956) who, when she was not posing for her husband was a social activist. With notes and an index[DAB. NAW. Sweeney 288].


American Daughter


Chicago: The University Press of Chicago, (1946). cloth. Spine a little faded, some browning at lower edge and front pastedown/pictorial dust jacket (some wear). Octavo. Inscribed and signed in full by the author “To Florence Stephens whose S.D. background make us (Thompsons) sisters under the prairie sod”. The author had arrived in Depression era Chicgo without money or a job. At the time this autobiography, written on a Newberry Library Fellowship, was published Thompson was an interviewer with the United States Employment Service. She later became a journalist for Ebony magazine and travelled on a fact finding journey through Africa (Africa, Land of My Fathers). There she found the negro politically ahead in British realms, economically in the Belgian and socially in the Portuguese areas but “the African wants the return of his land from the European and his business from the Asian.” She was named co-managing editor of Ebony in 1951 and in 1964 was appointed International Editor for the Johnson Publishing Company.


Charmers and Cranks. Twelve Famous American Women Who Defied the Convention

By ROSS Ishbel

Carbondale: Harper & Row, (1965). First edition. cloth . Upper edge of covers slightly browned, else fine/pictorial dust jacket (very lightly rubbed). Octavo. Illustrated Among those charmers and cranks not presented in greater depth elsewhere in this catalogue are Margaret and Kate Fox, Mrs. Jack Gardner and Madame Jumel. The Scottish-born author penned numerous popular biographies of American women. With notes and an index..


Margaret Mead. A Life

By [MEAD Margaret] . HOWARD Jane

New York: Simon & Schuster, (1984). First edition. boards, cloth spine. Fore-edge very slightly spotted, else fine/pictorial dust jacket. Octavo. Illustrated with photographs Her work in cultural anthropology called the world’s attention to the profession, although not without controversy. A teacher at Columbia University and a curator at the American Museum of Natural History, her half century of field trips to the south seas resulted in thirty-four books and ten films. Twenty-eight honorary degrees attested to Mead’s renown as the world’s leading anthropologist. With notes, selected bibliography and an index[DAB. Sweeney 833].


A Sketch of Barbara Fritchie, Whittier’s Heroine. Including Points of Interest in Frederick, Maryland

By [FRITCHIE Barbara] . ABBOTT Eleanor D

N.p: Privately Printed, 1921. First edition, signed by the author: in tandem, exceedingly scarce. original printed wrappers. Slight wear to edges, fine. Octavo. This is the story of the devout Maryland patriot who is said to have waved an American flag at passing Confederate soldiers. Fritchie (or Frietschie) was ninety-six at the time of the incident. Ironically, her father-in-law had been hung as a traitor during the Revolutionary War. This twenty-six page booklet reprints Whittier’s famous poem “Barbara Fritchie”. Eleanor Abbott was Fritchie’s great grandniece[NAW].


Here’s to the Women. 100 Songs For and About American Women

By [MUSIC] . WENNER Hilda E. and FREILICHER, Elizabeth

New York: Feminist Press at The City University, (1990). First clothbound edition. original light brown cloth lettered in black. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (fine). Quarto. Illustrated with photographs Signed by Wenner on front free endpaper The anthology is dedicated to Malvina Reynolds: “She helps us face tomorrow with some muscle.” The table of contents divides the songs into categories of “Friends and Lovers”, “Activism”, “Labor”, “Contemporary Issues”, “Growing Up”, “Role Models” and “Women Emerging”. With a discography, annotated bibliography, list of titles and first lines and an index.


The Real Anita Hill

By [HILL Anita] . BROCK David

New York: Free Press, (1993). First edition. boards, cloth spine. Fine/dust jacket. Thick octavo. The Anita Hill - Clarence Thomas sexual harassment confrontation has been likened to an American version of the film Rashomon, essentially an inquiry into the nature of truth. Opinions remain sharply divided. Here this author introduces new evidence, and finds for the defense. With notes and an index.


The Witchcraft Delusion in Colonial Connecticut, 1647-1697


New York: Grafton Press, 1908. First edition. original green cloth, top edge gilt, others uncut. Fine. Octavo. With a frontispiece While the modern world associates witchcraft with the Salem trials, it is less well remembered that the hysteria in the American colonies was not confined to Massachusetts. In neighboring Connecticut on May 26, 1647 Alse Young was hanged as a witch. It was the first known execution for the crime in New England. The book contains a list of cases, bibliographical notes and an index.


Priscilla Cooper Tyler and the American Scene 1816-1889

By [TYLER Priscilla Cooper] . TYLER Elizabeth Tyler

(University, Alabama): University of Alabama Press, 1955. First edition. cloth. Fine/pictorial dust jacket. Octavo. Illustrated This writer has been puzzled by some of the accolades of pulchritude bestowed upon certain of the earlier day ladies in this catalogue. Contrariwise, while tastes change with the times, in this case such an astute observer as Washington Irving had referred to Tyler as “not beautiful, but there is something very piquant in her countenance”; Well, if the frontispiece is any indiction, to these eyes she was an uncommonly attractive young woman. She was certainly a capable one, if in a supporting role. “Her contribution to her times resulted from her association with three men: her father, for whose sake she became for a brief span an actress; her husband, with whose career she identified herself; and her father-in-law, whom she served as hostess of the White House”. (NAW). With notes and an index[NAW. Sweeney 1271].


Shirley Temple. American Princess

By [TEMPLE Shirley] . EDWARDS Anne

New York: Morrow, (1988). First edition. blue cloth spine lettered in silver over offwhite boards. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (edges barely rubbed). Octavo. Illustrated with photographs From enormous success as the precocious child movie star of the 1930’s, as an adult the talented Temple turned to real life roles as a member of the government’s delegation to the United Nations, Ambassador to Ghana and, latterly, the first female chief of protocol of the United States. With appendices, as well as a movie chronology including the casts of Shirley Temple films, notes, bibliography, and an index[Sweeney 1249].


Faces of Eve. Women in the Nineteenth Century American Novel

By FRYER Judith

New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. First edition. cloth. Fine/pictorial dust jacket. Octavo. An interpretative treatise which includes notes, a useful bibliography and an index.


A Collection of Nine Pamphlets
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A Collection of Nine Pamphlets


New York: Nathaniel Branden Institute, 1959-1964. plain wrappers, contained in a blue binder. Some slight occasional rubbing, else fine. Octavo. Together fifteen items. All early printings The binder is entitled “Lectures and Essays on Objectivism” and it includes pamphlets titled The Fascist New Frontier; The Intellectual Bankruptcy of our Age; America’s Persecuted Minority: Big Business; The Objectivist Ethics; Faith and Force The Destroyers of the Modern World; Notes on the History of American Free Enterprise; Textbook of Americanism; Conservatism: An Obituary and Playboy’s Interview with Ayn Rand. Also included are pamphlets by Nathaniel and Barbara Branden as well as Antitrust by a man named Alan Greenspan[Perrin, Ayn Rand. A Descriptive Bibliography].


The Joy of Flower Arranging
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The Joy of Flower Arranging

By WILSON Helen Van Pelt, Editor

New York: M. Barrows, (1951). First edition. pictorial boards. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (a little chipped and rubbed at edges). Octavo. With 105 illustrations, four in color The twelve chapters are presented by month and locale, from Januray jonquils in California through December greenery in Massachusetts, each arrangement the work of a gifted American woman. With notes and interpretations.


Daughters of the Country. The Women of the Fur Traders and Mountain Men

By O’MEARA Walter

New York: Harcourt, (1968). First edition. cloth. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (very minor wear at top edges). Octavo. Illustrated “ ... the first published account of an oddly neglected aspect of American history – the racial and sexual confrontation of the Indian woman and the white men on our frontiers” (dust jacket blurb). With extensive notes, bibliography and an index.


Into the Breach. American Women Overseas in World War I

By [WORLD WAR I] . SCHNEIDER Dorothy and Carl J

(New York): Viking, (1991). First edition. boards, cloth spine. Fine/pictorial dust jacket . Octavo. Illustrated with photographs One of the husband and wife team’s several books on aspects of American womanhood. This one concerns the estimated 25,000 who served across the Atlantic during that war. With two appendices, notes, bibliography and an index.


Embattled Maiden. The Life of Anna Dickinson


New York: Putnam’s, (1951). First edition. cloth. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (crease along top front panel, a couple minor tears near spine, slightly rubbed at spine ends). Octavo. Illustrated with photographs The curious life story of Anna Elizabeth Dickinson (1842-1932). At twenty-one the Philadelphia Quaker, hailed as the “Union Joan of Arc” for her fiery oratory, addressed the House of Representatives with President Lincoln and his cabinet in attendance. After the war she basked in the lecture circuit, her scathing speeches championing negro rights and the social, economic and political emancipation of women (although she would not join the organized suffrage movement). Later she turned to acting, but in middle age Dickinson would fall on hard times and the last forty years of her life were spent in modest circumstances, far from the madding crowd of her youth. With a note on sources and an index[DAB. NAW].


The Lady of Fashion. The Life and the the Theatre of Anna Cora Mowatt

By [MOWATT Anna Cora] . BARNES Eric Wollencott

New York: Scribner's, (1954). First edition. boards, cloth spine. Fine/pictorial dust jacket (some edgewear). Octavo. Illustrated The well-born Anna Cora Ogden (1819-1870) wrote under the name “Helen Berkeley” for Godey’s Ladies Book, Graham’s and other periodicals. She was also a poet, novelist, compiler of books on cooking, etiquette, etc. and playwright. Her best remembered work is Fashion; or Life in New York, a satire on life in Manhattan 150 years ago. The play’s success led to Mowatt accepting an offer to appear on the stage herself, thus becoming the first American woman of society to make the stage a profession. With a note on sources, other notes and an index[DAB. NAW. Sweeney 904].


Odd Girls and Twilight Lovers: A History of Lesbian Life in Twentieth Century America


New York: Columbia University Press, (1991). First edition. cloth. Fine/dust jacket. Octavo. Illustrated with photographs The title sums up the contents to which the author, a university professor, has added extensive notes and an index.


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