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1 Algeo, Sara M. ; [SIGNED] THE STORY OF A SUB-PIONEER
Providence, RI Snow & Franham Company 1925 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; 318 pages; Warmly inscribed to a fellow suffragist by the author, "From one pioneer to another/ for I think we can say truly/ that in working for the Equal/ Rights Amendment we have/ graduated into the Pioneer/ Class / Sarah M. Algeo. / Somamset. Rummstick Point/ Barrington, R.I./ March 2, 1938" Green cloth stamped in gilt with title and facsimile of author's signature on front panel. Illustrated with 91 half-tones after photographs of those women and men active in the suffrage movement in Rhode Island as well as nationally. In this autobiography she described her long struggle for the cause of woman suffrage, which she began at an early age. In this book, are speeches by Anna Howard Shaw, letters to various newspapers by Algeo and others, contemporary editorials on womens suffrage along with first-hand accounts of state and national events make this an important source of material on the Suffrage Movement. A bit of wear at the head of spine, otherwise a very bright clean copy of this scarce work on the history of the womens' movement.; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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THE STORY OF A SUB-PIONEER, Algeo, Sara M. ; [SIGNED]
2 Algeo, Sara M. ; [SIGNED] THE STORY OF A SUB-PIONEER
Providence, RI Snow & Franham Company 1925 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 8vo Signed by Author
Autograph; 318 pages; Warmly inscribed to a fellow suffragist by the author, "From one pioneer to another/ for I think we can say truly/ that in working for the Equal/ Rights Amendment we have/ graduated into the Pioneer/ Class / Sarah M. Algeo. / Somamset. Rummstick Point/ Barrington, R.I./ March 2, 1938" Green cloth stamped in gilt with title and facsimile of author's signature on front panel. Illustrated with 91 half-tones after photographs of those women and men active in the suffrage movement in Rhode Island as well as nationally. In this autobiography she described her long struggle for the cause of woman suffrage, which she began at an early age. In this book, are speeches by Anna Howard Shaw, letters to various newspapers by Algeo and others, contemporary editorials on womens suffrage along with first-hand accounts of state and national events make this an important source of material on the Suffrage Movement. A bit of wear at the head of spine, otherwise a very bright clean copy of this scarce work on the history of the womens' movement.; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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BRYN MAWR COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT 1935, Anonymous
3 Anonymous BRYN MAWR COLLEGE COMMENCEMENT 1935
Bryn Mawr Bryn Mawr College 1935 First Edition Pamphlet Very Good 8vo 
20 pages; Twenty page program for the commencement exercises at Bryn Mawr College June 5, 1935. Lists all the individuals receiving degrees, as well as the program of music and speakers. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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ENTERPRISING WOMEN, Bird, Caroline ; [SIGNED]
4 Bird, Caroline ; [SIGNED] ENTERPRISING WOMEN
New York W. W. Norton & Co 1976 0393087247 / 9780393087246 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 8vo 8" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Autograph; 256 pages; Inscribed and Signed on the ffep by the author to Katharine Graham [1917-2001 - Publisher, and later, Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company]. Graham is profiled in the book beginning at page 220. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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OUR MOTHERS - A Cavalcade in Pictures, Quotations and Descriptions of Late Victorian Woman 1870 - 1900, Bott, Alan ; and Irene Clephane
5 Bott, Alan ; and Irene Clephane OUR MOTHERS - A Cavalcade in Pictures, Quotations and Descriptions of Late Victorian Woman 1870 - 1900
London Victor Gollancz, Ltd. 1932 0405082932 / 9780405082931 Second Edition Hardcover Very Good+ in Good dust jacket 4to 11" - 13" tall 
219 pages; 167 wonderful illustrations obtained from the files of The Graphic, an illustrated magazine. Former owner's name, otherwise clean and tight in original blue cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine. In the scarce dustjacket which is chipped and darkened at spine, internally reinforced, now in protective mylar cover. OCLC: 7750; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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THE CLOSE  A Young Woman's First Year At Seminary, Breyer, Chloe ; [SIGNED]
6 Breyer, Chloe ; [SIGNED] THE CLOSE A Young Woman's First Year At Seminary
New York HarperCollins 2000 0465007147 / 9780465007141 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine in Fine dust jacket 8vo 8" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Autograph; 288 pages; Inscribed and Signed by the author to Katharine Graham [1917-2001 - Publisher, and later, Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company]. Set in the context of the Church Year, The Close is an enthralling account of one young woman's spiritual journey. It is both a personal meditation on faith, in the spirit of Kathleen Norris's Cloister Walk, and a fascinating behind-the-scenes story of a graduate student's first year, in the mode of Scott Turow's One L. Raised in a liberal, interfaith home, Breyer, responding to an inner call to a spiritual vocation, began her training at New York's General Theological Seminary in 1997. She describes her intense immersion in daily prayer, the rigors and rewards of the academic program, and the challenging tension between secular and spiritual that marks her training, including working as a chaplain at Bellevue Hospital. She probes the day-to-day meanings of such profound issues as exaltation, enlightenment, and redemption, illuminating the unique experience of a young person of faith preparing to live and hoping to thrive in a secular modern world.; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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INDIRA GANDHI -  In the Crucible of Leadership: A Political Biography, Carras, Mary C. ; [SIGNED to Katharine Graham]
7 Carras, Mary C. ; [SIGNED to Katharine Graham] INDIRA GANDHI - In the Crucible of Leadership: A Political Biography
Bombay Jaico Publishing 1980 0807002429 / 9780807002421 First Edition Thus; First Printing Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 8vo 8" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Autograph; 289 pages; Inscribed and SIGNED by the author to Kay Graham -- Katharine Graham (1917-2001) was the Publisher, and later, Chairman of the Board of the Washington Post Company. She was a noted Washington hostess, whose dinner table served so many of the powerful, influential and interesting people during their tenure in the Nation's Capitol. Clean and tight in original binding and very good dustjacket. ; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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SKETCHING RAMBLES or Nature in the Alps and Apennines (in Two Volumes), Catlow, Agnes & Maria E.
8 Catlow, Agnes & Maria E. SKETCHING RAMBLES or Nature in the Alps and Apennines (in Two Volumes)
London James Hogg & Sons 1861 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
Two volume set in original red cloth bindings with gilt lettering and decorative stamping at spines and front boards. Illustrated with twenty wonderful colour plates (two coloured frontispieces and 18 additional tinted lithographs). Volume 1 has a certain amount of wear, gilt rubbed from spine, light soiling to boards, scrapes to corners of front pastedown endpaper where something had been tipped-in then removed early owner's name on ffep - "Louisa Easty", lower corner of ffep chipped. Volume II is in very good condition, contents clean and tight, cloth and gilt decoration bright, minor rubbing at spine ends. OCLC: 5130741 The Catlow sister were avid naturalists and published many popular works on botany, entomology, conchology, etc. This delightful book chronicles their travels in Switzerland and Northern Italy, enhanced by well informed and well written observations on the flora, fauna, geography and topography of the area along with anecdotes of their travel experiences. 
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The Biographies of Madame de Stael and Madame Roland, Child, Mrs. ; [Lydia Maria Child 1802-80]
9 Child, Mrs. ; [Lydia Maria Child 1802-80] The Biographies of Madame de Stael and Madame Roland
Boston Carter and Hendee 1832 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Very Good 12mo 
Ladies' Family Library - 1 ; ix, 265 [1] pages; Publisher's smooth light brown cloth, flat spine with printed paper label. The spine has now toned to a pleasant shade of tan, there are a couple of narrow chips to the right side of the long label (with loss of one letter at bottom), and just minor points of light wear at the tip of the spine at the top. Diffuse foxing to the plain endpapers, title page, and scattered throughout -- as is typical of American paper of the time. Page edges untrimmed (the half title has a small tear at the fore-edge, otherwise not yet opened at the top edge to an adjacent front blank). There is a faint pencil signature "H. Little / 1845" on the front free endpaper, otherwise, no other marks of any sort. The engraved frontispiece portrait of Madame De Stael has retained its original tissue guard (sized only to cover the image) -- but it has lightly offset onto the guard and through it to form an even fainter shadow on the title page. A landmark of early American writing for, by, and about, women.During a long life, Lydia Maria Child (1802 – 1880) was an abolitionist, a women's rights activist, an opponent of American expansionism, an Indian rights activist, a novelist, a journalist and a Unitarian. She had notable achievements in each of these diverse fields. She started life as Lydia Maria Francis in Medford, Massachusetts. Her older brother, Convers Francis, became a Unitarian minister. Lydia started her education at a local dame school and later studied at a women's seminary. Upon the death of her mother, she went to live with her older sister in Maine where she studied to be a teacher. During this time, her brother, Convers, a Unitarian minister, who had been educated at Harvard College and Seminary, saw to his younger sister’s education in literary classics. She read an article in the 'North American Review' suggesting that New England history offered much material to a prospective novelist. Inspired by this article, Lydia immediately wrote the first chapter of a novel entitled 'Hobomok'. Encouraged by her brother's praise, she finished it in six weeks, and 'Hobomok: A Tale of Early Times' was published (anonymously) in 1824. From this time until her death she wrote, and published, continually. Lydia Francis taught school until 1828, when she married Boston lawyer David Lee Child. Lydia Child and her husband began to associate themselves with the anti-slavery cause in 1831 through the personal influence and writings of William Lloyd Garrison. Mrs. Child was a also a committed women's rights activist, but did not believe significant progress for women could be made until after the abolition of slavery. But while she did postpone her political activism concerning women's rights, Lydia Child wrote and published a series of books intended for the use and edification of women -- 'The American Frugal Housewife,' a book of kitchen, economy and directions (1829; and eventually a 33rd edition appeared in 1855); and 'The Mother's Book' (1831), an early American instructional book on child rearing, subsequently published in editions in England and Germany. In 1832, she wrote this volume, intended to be the first of 'The Ladies' Family Library,' a series of biographies (which eventually extended to 5 volumes, 1832–1835). The first words to the Preface to this first volume makes Lydia Child's intentions clear - and she even is specific about the design and style of the physical appearance of her proposed volumes: "The object of the Ladies' Family Library is to furnish a series of volumes, which will suit the taste, and interst the feelings of women.... The volumes will be handsomely printed, each containing a good engraving. As the series will be numbered upon the outside, and not upon the title-page, purchasers can make such selections as they choose, and have them bound in whatever order they think proper." Indeed, there is an unsually large printed paper label mounted to the spine, which, along with the half title, is the only reference to a volume number for this first appearance of 'The Ladies' Family Library,' and Mrs. Child's suggestion that buyers might bind to their own taste and requirements was evidently taken up by most, as this early American trade cloth binding is now quite scarce, particularly in such fresh condition. 
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The Young Housewife's Daily Assistant on all Matters relating to Cookery and Housekeeping containing bills of family fare for every day in the year, which include breakfast and dinner for a small family, and dinner for two servants: also twelve bills of fare for dinner parties, and two for evening entertainments, with the cos annexed, also di, Cre-Fydd
10 Cre-Fydd The Young Housewife's Daily Assistant on all Matters relating to Cookery and Housekeeping containing bills of family fare for every day in the year, which include breakfast and dinner for a small family, and dinner for two servants: also twelve bills of fare for dinner parties, and two for evening entertainments, with the cos annexed, also di
London Simpkin, Marshall, And Co 1888 Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
Cre- Fydd's Family Fare; cci, 341 pages; Former owner's name and drawing on feps and first blank, otherwise clean and tight in original brick coloured cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine, decorative stamping to front board in black and gilt. A number of cookery books designed to assist the young housewife of the rapidly increasing middle class were produced in the second half of the nineteenth century in Britain, and some of these gave suggested menus for every day of the year. One of these was Cre-Fydd's Family Fare: The Young Housewife's Daily Assistant, [first] published in 1864. Most middle-class families kept servants, and this book included a menu for the servants' dinner ("the kitchen"). For August 1, the menus were : BREAKFAST -- Cold lamb, Spiced beef, Rolls, Fruit ; DINNER -- Small brill w/ lobster sauce, Cold minced lamb salad, mutton cutlets with macaroni, Annette's Pudding ; KITCHEN -- Cold mutton, salad. In the absence of refrigeration, an efficient system of using up leftover food was essential if waste was to be avoided, and it is clear from books of this type that this was an important part of menu planning. In the words of the suthor: "If the bills of fare be followed in succession, it will be seen that everything is disposed of, as nearly as can be, without being acquainted with the appetites and habits of the consumers." [Food History Almanac, 2014] 
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A SOCIAL DEPARTURE - How Orthodocia and I Went Round the World by Ourselves With 111 illustrations by F. H. Townsend, Duncan, Sara Jeannette ; F. H. Townsend (illustrator)
11 Duncan, Sara Jeannette ; F. H. Townsend (illustrator) A SOCIAL DEPARTURE - How Orthodocia and I Went Round the World by Ourselves With 111 illustrations by F. H. Townsend
New York Appleton and Co. 1890 First Edition Hardcover Very Good+ 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
x, 417, (5) pages; Original owner's brief inscription on ffep "December 25, 1891 / With Christmas Greetings / from C. O. E." otherwise clean and tight in original pictorial binding of light brown cloth with gilt lettering at spine and front cover and image of two women each in a rickshaw with a blue sky and a snow-crested mountain in the background (Mount Fuji?). Wonderful b&w illustrations by Townsend throughout. Sara Jeannette Duncan (1861 – 1922) was a Canadian author and journalist. After a brief period of teaching, Duncan got a job as a travelling writer for Canadian newspapers and wrote a column for The Globe, a Toronto paper. Afterward she wrote for the Washington Post where she also gained editorial experience. Duncan's column for The Globe, titled "Other People and I", was published under the pseudonym "Garth Grafton". According to her biographer Misao Dean: "her strongly defined progressive views on international copyright, women's suffrage, and realist fiction made her work remarkable in such conservative journals as the Globe and the Post". The book offerred here was Duncan's first published and her most successful. Warkentin describes it as "cheerfully anecdotal ... written with flair and self-conscious charm; it was written to sell, and sell it did". The book is a fictionalized account of her around-the-world travels with her friend and fellow journalist Lily Lewis of Montreal. Women did not travel alone in that era; so this trip was quite unconventional. Throughout their sojourn, both women filed stories to the Montreal Star. The book also contains the first description of the city of Vancouver in a work of fiction. According to Dean, the book "relies on the strengths of Duncan's journalism – close observation, description of manners, and wry humour ..." During a visit to India on this trip with Lewis, Duncan met Everard Charles Cotes, an Anglo-Indian civil servant, whom she soon married. Thenceforth, she divided her time between England and India, writing for various publications, eventually turning her hand to fiction. Altogether she wrote 22 works of fiction, many with international themes and settings. 
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A SOCIAL DEPARTURE - How Orthodocia and I Went Round the World by Ourselves With 111 illustrations by F. H. Townsend, Duncan, Sara Jeannette ; F. H. Townsend (illustrator)
12 Duncan, Sara Jeannette ; F. H. Townsend (illustrator) A SOCIAL DEPARTURE - How Orthodocia and I Went Round the World by Ourselves With 111 illustrations by F. H. Townsend
New York Appleton and Co. 1890 First Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 8" - 9" tall 
x, 417, (5) pages; Previous owner's name on ffep "Alice Wood Daley / 146 Bay St / Stapleton" otherwise clean and tight in original pictorial binding of light brown cloth with gilt lettering at spine and front cover and image of two women riding donkeys, lettering faded at spine. Wonderful b&w illustrations by Townsend throughout. Sara Jeannette Duncan (1861 – 1922) was a Canadian author and journalist. After a brief period of teaching, Duncan got a job as a travelling writer for Canadian newspapers and wrote a column for The Globe, a Toronto paper. Afterward she wrote for the Washington Post where she also gained editorial experience. Duncan's column for The Globe, titled "Other People and I", was published under the pseudonym "Garth Grafton". According to her biographer Misao Dean: "her strongly defined progressive views on international copyright, women's suffrage, and realist fiction made her work remarkable in such conservative journals as the Globe and the Post". The book offerred here was Duncan's first published and her most successful. Warkentin describes it as "cheerfully anecdotal ... written with flair and self-conscious charm; it was written to sell, and sell it did". The book is a fictionalized account of her around-the-world travels with her friend and fellow journalist Lily Lewis of Montreal. Women did not travel alone in that era; so this trip was quite unconventional. Throughout their sojourn, both women filed stories to the Montreal Star. The book also contains the first description of the city of Vancouver in a work of fiction. According to Dean, the book "relies on the strengths of Duncan's journalism – close observation, description of manners, and wry humour ..." During a visit to India on this trip with Lewis, Duncan met Everard Charles Cotes, an Anglo-Indian civil servant, whom she soon married. Thenceforth, she divided her time between England and India, writing for various publications, eventually turning her hand to fiction. Altogether she wrote 22 works of fiction, many with international themes and settings. 
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13 Egerton, George ; (pseudonym of Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright ) FANTASIAS by George Egerton [pseudonym]
London and New York John Lane: The Bodley Head 1898 First American Edition Brown Cloth Very Good+ 12mo 7" - 7½" tall 
156, 12 pages; Clean and tight in original brown cloth binding with gilt lettering at spine and front board. Stories include: The star worshipper; The elusive melody; The Mandrake Venus; The futile quest; The kingdom of dreams; The well of truth. Mary Chavelita Dunne Bright (1859 - 1945) was an early feminist and one of the most important of the "New Woman" writers of the nineteenth century fin de siècle. She was born in Australia to a Welsh Protestant mother, Isabel George, and an Irish Catholic father, Captain John J. Dunne, but spent most of her formative years in Dublin and considered herself "intensely Irish". She had exceptional linguistic skills and was fluent in a variety of languages fluently, including German, French, Norwegian, Swedish and RussianIn the 1880s she ran off with a married man to Norway where she immersed herself in the work of Henrik Ibsen, August Strindberg, Ola Hansson, Friedrich Nietzsche, and Knut Hamsun for two years. Subsequently, she became an avid translator of Norwegian literature in addition to her own literary endeavors. In 1893 her first book Keynotes was published (under her nom de plume George Egerton) at The Bodley Head; the book bore a very distinctive design by Aubrey Beardsley. The themes of sexual freedom, creativity and independence for women in this collection of short stories were the epitome of the "New Woman" of the 1890s. Her books were widely read, provoking murmurs of scandal among the less progressive Victorians. Egerton's innovations in both style and content presaged the modernist authors of the early 20th century, like Joyce and Lawrence. Her work influenced Thomas Hardy, in particular his "New Woman" character, Sue Bridehead, in Jude the Obscure. Holbrook Jackson also credits Egerton with the first mention of Friedrich Nietzsche in English literature (Keynotes in 1893, three years before the first of Nietzsche's works was translated into English). This work Fantasias is listed in both Bleiler and in Reginald's checklists. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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GRIS TRIANON  [SIGNED, Limited edition], Fleury, Marthe-Claire
14 Fleury, Marthe-Claire GRIS TRIANON [SIGNED, Limited edition]
Paris Pierre Seghers 1953 First Edition Paperback Near Fine in Near Fine dust jacket 16mo Signed by Author
Autograph; 41 pages; Number 112 of a limited edition of only 200 copies. This copy INSCRIBED BY THE AUTHOR on the half-title page. A Fine copy in the original glassine dustwrapper. OCLC: 31187775; Signed by Author; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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HINTS ON DRESS   Or, What to wear, when to wear it, and how to buy it, Gale, Ethel C
15 Gale, Ethel C HINTS ON DRESS Or, What to wear, when to wear it, and how to buy it
New York G.P. Putnam & Sons 1872 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine 8vo 
Putnam's Handy-book Series; 107 pages; Clean and tight in original brown binding with decorative stamping and lettering in gilt and black. OCLC: 1289101 A fabulous look at fashion advice in the 19th century - history of costume, suggested budgets for ladies in various socio-economic circumstances (from the working woman employed in an editorial position at a major weekly publication to the young married lady keeping house in a large American city and not obliged to consider economy), advice on color and form, things indispensable, how and what to buy, etc. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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16 Gasparin, Madame the Countess De ; [ Catherine Valérie Boissier ] VESPER
New York Robert Carter & Brothers 1863 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good 8vo 
Translated from the French by Mary L. Booth. Original green cloth binding, decoratively blindstamped. Previous owner's inscription on ffep, scattered foxing, marginal chip at top edge of table of contents page otherwise Very Good. Frontispiece illustration with tissue guard. OCLC: 10769033 Madame de Gasparin (1813-1894) was born Catherine Valérie Boissier in Geneva and raised in a wealthy patrician family. In 1837 she married the Count Agenor de Gasparin. She and her husband were both successful authors. Madame de Gasparin's writings on morals had a particularly wide audience, especially "Marriage from a Christian Point of View" [1842-43] and Human Sorrows [1838]. The stories gathered in Vesper are excellent examples of Mme Gasparin's Calvinist views embodied in compelling literary style. As one contemporary reviewer put it: " In one part of Vesper, Madame de Gasparin rises above the level of common life to parable. The story of "Emmanuel" is an answer to Mr. Hawthorne's "Goodman Brown," written, as Madame de Gasparin bitterly puts it, "to establish the universal reign of Satan," as if life were in very earnest a witches' carnival, with Satan swaying the hearts of those who seem noblest and purest.; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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De L'Influence des Femmes sur la Littérature Française comme protectrices des Lettres ou comme auteurs:  Précis de l'histoire des femmes françaises les plus célèbres, Genlis, Madame de;  [Stéphanie Félicité du Crest de Saint-Aubin, Comtesse de Genlis (1746-1830)]
17 Genlis, Madame de; [Stéphanie Félicité du Crest de Saint-Aubin, Comtesse de Genlis (1746-1830)] De L'Influence des Femmes sur la Littérature Française comme protectrices des Lettres ou comme auteurs: Précis de l'histoire des femmes françaises les plus célèbres
Paris Chez Maradan 1811 First Edition; First Printing Hardcover Good+ 8vo 
lx, 373 pages; Later full brown cloth -- a library binding, with bookplate, stamps on the half title and title page, and cancellation stamps on the front free endpaper. A complete copy of this important book, but worn, with one page detached at the gutter, but inserted and present (pp. 15-16). Small notch missing from the (blank) upper margin of another leaf, and ink marks on the corner and verso of the final leaf. There is a utilitarian modern bookplate mounted to the rear paste-down endpaper. The library binding and marks do make this copy less than ideal, however, its provenance raises a fascinating possibility. The nineteenth-century stamps on the half title and title page are in the shape of a shield, and their text reads: "LIBRARY / U.S.M.A." This stands for the United States Military Academy at West Point, in New York. Indeed, a copy of this title by the Madame de Genlis appears in the 1853 Catalogue of the Library at West Point. There was an 1830 list of the library published in May, which demonstrates that the West Point Library then contained 2852 volumes, many devoted to military subjects, as one might expect. But French was a major subject of academic study at West Point , for which we can thank Colonel (and Brevet Brigadier General) Sylvanus Thayer (1785 – 1872) -- known as "the Father of West Point." Before assuming duties at Superintendant at the Academy, Major Thayer was provided $5,000 to travel to Europe, where he studied for two years at the French École Polytechnique. While traveling in Europe he amassed a collection of books for the U.S.M.A. library -- chiefly science, engineering and mathematics texts, but certainly including some literary texts in French. During his tenure at West Point, one particular Cadet passed through, briefly, whose time at West Point has been the subject of speculation ever since -- Edgar Allan Poe. Poe had previous studied briefly at the University of Virginia, where his formal instruction in French began. During the years of his difficult relations with his adoptive father, John Allan, Poe left Virginia for Boston, and enlisted in the Army under a false name (and age). ("Tamerlane" Boston, 1827 is a token of this period... quotes gratefully received). The Army life eventually became unpleasant for Poe, and, during a brief reconcilliation with Allan, Poe entered West Point, matriculating as a cadet on July 1, 1830. The first few weeks of his West Point period were devoted to Summer Drills, but Academic Studies began at the end of August, as the Cadets marched from a summer encampment to their permanent West Point barracks. The only two courses Poe was required (or allowed) to take were French and Mathematics. "Register of Merit, No. 1, - 1817 to 1835" (in the Archives, USMA Library), has the cadets arranged in order of merit after the semi-annual exams; there are pencil marks showing which cadets were in each numbered section. Poe is in the first section of each of his two classes. It is most interesting to note his rank in these classes -- a distintive 17th in Mathematics, and a superior standing of 3rd in French. The Board of Visitors Report for 1831 lists the French texts used at West Point at the time: [ Claudius Berard’s French Grammar and Leçons Françaises, and the first volume of Gil Blas (the second-year cadets read from the remaining volumes of Gil Blas and Voltaire’s L’Histoire de Charles XII). Only 24 of the Cadets in Poe's class eventually graduated. As is well known, Edgar Allan Poe made an especially early departure from the Academy. He was easily able to handle the academic demands, but relations with his foster father had reached a point when Mr. Allan refused to answer his letters (or requests from money). In a sort of Catch 22, young Poe could not resign from the Academy without permission from a father or guardian, and his guardian refused to communicate with (or for) Poe in any way. Poe decided to leave West Point by the only possible exit available to him -- purposely getting court-martialed. He aquired an impressive number of demerits, and on February 8, 1831, he was tried for gross neglect of duty and disobedience of orders for refusing to attend formations, classes, or church. As a matter of tactics, Poe pleaded "innocent" -- knowing full well that he would be found guilty, and that this result would set him free with an order of dismissal. One of his classmates, Allan B. Magruder, wrote that Poe was so accomplished a scholar that he “had no difficulty in preparing his recitations in his class and in obtaining the highest marks,” apparently without recourse to any preparation. [In context, Magruder, a future soldier of great note rising to the rank of Major General, was himself, dismissed from the Academy after failing exams in 1831; Magruder ranked seventy-one of eighty-seven in mathematics at the January examination -- where Poe ranked seventeen]. The records of the West Point library do still exist for Poe's time, and it should be noted that his name does not appear among those Cadets who checked out books, but it may also be noted that students could, and did, use books in the library, which was open every day except Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 to 6 p.m. Without further evidence, it is impossible to say whether Edgar Allan Poe held this copy in his hands. It should be noted that, however we rank Poe now, to his contemporaries, he was mostly thought of as a literary critic. The young Poe certainly interacted with other Americans who would have known this text, including his friends Sarah Helen Whitman and Estelle Lewis. And it is certain that a woman who can only be classed as an enemy of Poe's, Elizabeth Fries Lummis Ellet, knew this book and all the literature that Madame de Genlis cited. The public scandal involving Edgar Allan Poe and Frances Sargent Osgood does no credit to Elizabeth Ellet's memory. (In fact, Poe's dying wife, Virginia Clem had been receiving anonymous letters, possibly from Ellet, which reported her husband's alleged indiscretions ... On her deathbed Virginia claimed "Mrs. E. had been my murderer.") Ellet deflected a demand for withdrawing her charges from Frances Sargent Osgood's husband by putting out the story that Edgar Allan Poe was the guilty party, and was "intemperate and subject to acts of lunacy." This charge certainly gained traction at the time, to Poe's great detriment. In fairness, apart from all this, it has to be observed that Elizabeth Ellet did write the first book to formally study the relationship of women to the American Revolution -- ['The Women of the American Revolution (1848)]. Ellet held women shaped history by their influence most effected through "sentiment" and "feeling". Finding these qualities difficult to define, Ellet simply stated "History can do it no Justice." Poe was likely to have been less in accord intellectually with what we would consider formal Feminism. This book, tired as it is physically, raises interesting questions and possibilities. There is an incongruous bookplate on the front free endpaper demonstrating that this copy, after leaving West Point, became the property of the Library of the U.S. Army's Field Artillery School at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. This bookplate appears to date from about 1925. I will refrain from speculation about the use to which this 1811 landmark of Feminist literary history was put by Artillerists in training. 
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JULIA MARGARET CAMERON -  Her Life and Photographic Work, Gernsheim, Helmut
18 Gernsheim, Helmut JULIA MARGARET CAMERON - Her Life and Photographic Work
New York Aperture 1975 0893812536 / 9780893812539 Hardcover Very Good+ in Very Good+ dust jacket 4to 11" - 13" tall 
204 pages; 1975 edition. Clean and tight in Near Fine dustjacket, former owner's name on ffep. Filled with wonderful reproductions of Cameron's photographs. Julia Margaret Cameron (1815-1879) was a British photographer. She became known for her portraits of celebrities of the time, and for photographs with Arthurian and other legendary or heroic themes. The bulk of Cameron's photographs fit into two categories—closely framed portraits and illustrative allegories based on religious and literary works. In the allegorical works in particular, her artistic influence was clearly Pre-Raphaelite, with far-away looks, limp poses, and soft lighting. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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NOT FOR PUBLICATION and Other Stories, Gordimer, Nadine
19 Gordimer, Nadine NOT FOR PUBLICATION and Other Stories
New York Viking Press 1965 First American Edition Hardcover Very Good in Very Good dust jacket 8vo 
248 pages; Clean and tight in original binding of black cloth spine and green boards in original pictorial dustjacket with edgewear and minor chipping at spine ends. Some toning to boards. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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HILLS OF BLUE -  A Picture-Roll of Chinese History from Far Beginnings to the Death of Ch'ien Lung, A.D. 1799, Grantham, Alexandra Etheldred von Herder
20 Grantham, Alexandra Etheldred von Herder HILLS OF BLUE - A Picture-Roll of Chinese History from Far Beginnings to the Death of Ch'ien Lung, A.D. 1799
London Methuen & Co 1927 First Edition Hardcover Very Good- 8vo 
xii, 643, (1), 8 (ads) pages; Former owner's name on ffep, otherwise clean and tight in original brick coloured cloth with gilt lettering at spine; cloth chipped at head of spine. OCLC: 1829938 Endpaper map. The author Alexandra Etheldred von Herder Grantham (1867- ?) Her first husband Captain Frederick Grantham, served during the Great War with 2nd Battalion Royal Munster Fusiliers and was killed in 1915. In 1919 Grantham married Johann Wilhelm Normann Munthe (1864 – 1935) a Norwegian military man who emigrated to China in 1886, worked as a customs officer, then enlisted in the Chinese army during the war against Japan (1894–95), and remained as a cavalry instructor under general Yuan Shikai after the war. Munthe advanced in rank to lieutenant general and advisor to the Ministry of War; the first and only foreigner to achieve such a position. Contents include: Introductory: The Deep Foundations; I. The Early Dynasties; II. The Fall of the Chous and the Rise of the Ch'in Dynasty and the Resulting Anarchy; IV. Han Dynasty Founded; V. Consolidation; VI. Han Wu Ti; VII. Decline of the Western Han and the Usurpation of Wang Mang; VIII. The Eastern Han; IX. Confusion; X. Division Between North and South; XI. The Buddhism of Liang Wu Ti and the Wei Emmpress Hu; XII. Climax and End of Sanguinary Division; XIII. The Sui Dynasty; XIV. The Rise of the T'ang Dynasty; XV. The Empress Wu; XVI. The Height of the T'ang Period and the Beginning of Decline; XVII. The Downfall of the T'angs; XVIII. The Five Dynasties; XIX. The Latter Han and Latter Chou Dynasties; XX. The Northern Sung Dynasty; XXI. The Nu-Chens; XXII. Jenghis Khan and his Successors; XXIV. The Fall of the Yuan Dynasty; XXV. The Beginning of the Ming Dynasty; XXVI. The Ming Period; XXVII. The Later Mings; XXVIII. The Downfall of the Ming Dynasty; XXIX. The Establishment of the Ch'ing Dynasty; XXX. K'ang Hsi; XXXI. Yung Cheng; XXXII. Ch'ien Lung; XXXIII. Summit and End. ; Experience the pleasure of reading and appreciating this actual printed item. It has its own physical history that imbues it with a character lacking in ephemeral electronic renderings. 
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