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"AS WOMEN BECOME EDUCATED AND INTELLIGENT, THEY WILL LEARN THE RIGHTS WHICH GOD HAS GIVEN THEM, AND THEY WILL SO ASSERT THEM AS TO SECURE THE POSITION WHICH IS TRULY THEIRS"

ANONYMOUS. To Vote, or, Not to Vote. United States, circa 1875.

Rare first edition of this pamphlet exploring the question of women's suffrage. $4800.

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"YOUR RIGHTS TO LIFE, LIBERTY AND THE PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS ARE DAILY INFRINGED, SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU HAVE HERETOFORE BEEN DENIED THE USE OF THE BALLOT"

HOOKER, Isabella B.; DAVIS, Paulina W.; ANTHONY, Susan B.; BOWEN, Mary B.; DENISON, Ruth C.; GRIFFING, Josephine S. Appeal to the Women of the United States. Hartford, 1871.

First and only edition of the powerful April 19, 1871 Appeal by Susan B. Anthony and other leaders of the NWSA, a revolutionary work that proclaims a "birth-day of womanhood" in defiance of persistent dismissals of their constitutional rights to the vote, a "a precedent for women interested in organizing independently of male-dominated political institutions," setting women on nearly four decades of struggle toward passage of the 19th Amendment, a fine copy in fragile original wrappers. $11,500.

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"A PHOTOGRAPH IS A SECRET ABOUT A SECRET"

ARBUS, Diane. Diane Arbus. Millerton, New York, 1972.

First edition, first printing of Arbus' highly influential photobook, with 80 finely screened black-and-white photogravure plates, images "at once pitiless and engaged, tough and surprisingly tender… with the power to provoke and disturb" (Roth), in original dust jacket. $3800.

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"WHAT FOR EICHMANN WAS A JOB… WAS FOR THE JEWS QUITE LITERALLY THE END OF THE WORLD": FIRST EDITION OF HANNAH ARENDT'S EICHMANN IN JERUSALEM

ARENDT, Hannah. Eichmann in Jerusalem. New York, 1963.

First edition of Arendt's most famous and most controversial work on "the fearsome, word-and-thought-defying banality of evil." $650.

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“HER GREATEST NOVEL”

AUSTEN, Jane. Emma. London, 1816. Three volumes.

First edition of the last novel Austen published in her lifetime, her exquisitely comedic and unerringly insightful social satire—"artistry… as elaborate as any novelist has ever achieved," in nicely restored contemporary calf and marbled boards. $35,000.

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PHOTOGRAPH INSCRIBED BY JOSEPHINE BAKER

BAKER, Josephine. Photograph inscribed. New York, circa 1937.

Beautiful and dramatic original photograph of “the most sensational woman anyone ever saw” (Ernest Hemingway) in an evening gown by photographer Murray Korman, inscribed in purple ink, “A Monsieur Pierre Drassac, en souvenir de Josephine Baker, 1940.” $2500.

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INSCRIBED BY SYLVIA BEACH

BEACH, Sylvia. Shakespeare and Company. New York, 1959.

First edition of Sylvia Beach's memoir, "particularly valuable for the many insights into Joyce's work and the authentic personal views it provides of the man himself" (New York Times), a scarce presentation copy inscribed by Beach above and below the half title, "For Julian, with Sylvia's very affectionate [Shakespeare and Company] regards," in original dust jacket. $12,000.

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"ADVOCATES OF WOMEN SUFFRAGE PRACTICALLY ARE SAYING, 'YOU MEN ARE SO SELFISH AND UNJUST THAT YOU CANNOT BE TRUSTED WITH THE INTERESTS OF YOUR WIVES, DAUGHTERS, AND SISTERS; THEREFORE GIVE THEM THE LAW-MAKING POWER THAT THEY MAY TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES'"

BEECHER, Catharine E. Woman Suffrage and Woman's Profession. Hartford, 1871.

First edition of American educator Catharine Beecher's argument against securing immediate women's suffrage based on her belief that the women's movement was an assault on the "family state" and that women had to be educated before they could handle political power, in original cloth. $750.

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BOLDLY INSCRIBED BY HILLARY RODHAM CLINTON

CLINTON, Hillary Rodham. Living History. New York, 2003.

First trade edition of Clinton’s “chart of her own course through unexplored terrain… [becoming] an emblem for some and a lightning rod for others,” boldly inscribed in blue felt pen by her on the title page: "To D— J— C—— with best wishes—Hillary Rodham Clinton." $1000.

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RUN RIVER, INSCRIBED BY JOAN DIDION

DIDION, Joan. Run River. New York, 1963.

First edition of Didion's first novel, the stepping stone for a body of work that has created one of the "most distinctive portraits of modern America" (New York Times), inscribed by her, "For W— A California son. J. Didion October 3, 1979." $1950.

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"I WISH YOU TO BURY ME WITH YOUR OWN HANDS, THAT NONE MAY KNOW AFTER MY DEATH THAT I AM OTHER THAN MY APPEARANCE INDICATES"

EDMONDS, S. Emma E. Nurse and Spy in the Union Army. Hartford, 1865.

1865 edition, the first issued under the title of Nurse and Spy in the Union Army—"a classic document for expanding our appreciation of women's roles in wartime"—Edmonds' dramatic record of serving in the Union Army disguised as a man, with frontispiece portrait and eight full-page plates, in original cloth. $850.

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“THE FINEST OF ALL FOOD WRITERS”

FISHER, M.F.K. Serve It Forth. New York and London, 1937.

First edition of M.F.K. Fisher’s first cookbook, praised as “a delightful book… erudite and witty and experienced and young” (New York Times), in scarce original dust jacket, inscribed by her, "This is the first book I ever wrote, 1937. For Albert Marquand and Andy ——-. M.F.K. Fisher Glen Ellen 1990." $4900.

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“SYNONYMOUS WITH EVERYTHING SUBVERSIVE”

GOLDMAN, Emma. Living My Life. New York, 1931. Two volumes.

First edition of the famous radical's autobiography, with frontispiece portraits and eleven additional photogravures of Goldman, fellow anarchist Alexander Berkman and others, in very rare original dust jackets. $3500.

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TWICE INSCRIBED BY SUSAN B. ANTHONY

(ANTHONY, Susan B.) HARPER, Ida Husted. The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony. Indianapolis and Kansas City, 1899, 1898. Two volumes.

First edition of the first two volumes of this biography of America's pioneering reformer—the only volumes published during her lifetime, inscribed and signed by her in each volume. Inscribed in Volume I: "Mrs. Olivia B. Hall, Ann Arbor—Michigan—From her affectionate friend & coworker Susan B. Anthony. Rochester, N.Y. Jan. 1, 1899," and in Volume II: "Mrs. Olivia B. Hall, Ann Arbor—Michigan—May the New Year bring added causes for happiness to her and all the loved ones of her home circle & to all homes—is the wish of her affectionate friend and coworker, Susan B. Anthony. Rochester, N.Y. Jan. 1, 1899." $16,500.

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"AS HE DIED TO MAKE MEN HOLY, LET US DIE TO MAKE MEN FREE, WHILE GOD IS MARCHING ON!"

HOWE, Julia Ward. Autograph lyrics signed. No place, July 18, 1900.

Autograph lyrics for "Battle Hymn of the Republic," inscribed and signed by their author: "In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born, across the sea, With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me. As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free, While God is marching on! Julia War Howe. July 18th, 1900." Handsomely frame with a first day cover with a cachet portrait of Howe. $6800.

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"WITH APPRECIATION AND BEST WISHES"

KING, Coretta Scott. My Life with Martin Luther King, Jr. New York, 1969.

First edition of these memoirs about the private and public lives of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family, warmly inscribed by the author: "To Mr. & Mrs. John Davis & Family. With appreciation and best wishes. Coretta Scott King." $1250.

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TRUE FIRST EDITION OF PLATH’S ONLY NOVEL THE BELL JAR

(PLATH, Sylvia) LUCAS, Victoria. The Bell Jar. London, 1963.

First edition of Sylvia Plath's only novel, published pseudonymously only one month before her death, her powerful exploration of a brilliant yet fragile mind, in very scarce original dust jacket. $13,000.

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INSCRIBED BY ELEANOR ROOSEVELT TO ACTRESS KATHARINE CORNELL

ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. On My Own. New York, 1958.

First edition, early printing, of Roosevelt's post-White House memoirs, inscribed by her on the half title to famed actress Katharine Cornell: "Inscribed for Catherine [sic] Cornell with good wishes. Eleanor Roosevelt." $2200.

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INSCRIBED BY MARGARET SANGER

SANGER, Margaret. Autobiography. New York, 1938.

First edition of the Autobiography of Margaret Sanger, who spearheaded the movement for contraceptive rights, a memorable presentation/association copy inscribed by her, "To Dr. Maurice William, My friend and Coworker in many causes, Margaret Sanger Aug 27/45." $1800.

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“AS PERENNIALLY FASCINATING AS A FAIRY TALE”

(MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS) SKELTON, John. Mary Stuart. London, Paris, Edinburgh, 1898.

Limited second edition, one of 500 unnumbered copies, with beautiful hand-colored frontispiece portrait and 41 photogravure plates, handsomely bound by Ramage of London. $1250.

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"REALLY THE BEGINNING OF MODERN WRITING"

STEIN, Gertrude. The Making of Americans. Paris, 1925.

Scarce first edition of Stein's modernist tour de force, one of only 500 copies printed by Maurice Darantière for Robert McAlmon's Three Mountains Press in Paris, a handsomely bound copy with the original paper wrappers bound in. The copy of critic William Troy, staunch defender of Stein's experimental prose, with his penciled ownership signature dated "N.H. 1926." $3000.

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INSCRIBED BY MARGARET THATCHER

THATCHER, Margaret. Statecraft. London, 2002.

First edition of the former Prime Minister's third book, a memorable presentation/association copy inscribed by her in blue ink on the title page to the Prime Minister of New Zealand, who served from 1984-89, "To David Lange, Margaret Thatcher," a fine copy. $950.

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COLLECTED SPEECHES, SIGNED BY LADY MARGARET THATCHER

THATCHER, Margaret. Collected Speeches. London, 1997.

First edition, first printing of the "most comprehensive" collection of Lady Thatcher's speeches, spanning nearly four decades, signed by her on the title page in her characteristic blue ink. $1000.

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"ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT FIELDS OF EXPLORATION IN THE WORLD"

(KARAKORAM) VISSER-HOOFT, Jenny. Among the Kara-Korum Glaciers. London, 1926.

First edition of Visser-Hooft's account of her and her husband's expedition to the Karakoram Mountains, richly illustrated with two maps (one folding), and 25 photographic plates. $950.

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"WITH LOVE FROM EDITH": THE GODS ARRIVE, 1932, INSCRIBED BY EDITH WHARTON

WHARTON, Edith. Gods Arrive. New York: London, 1932.

First edition of the last novel Wharton completed, the work she considered her "greatest challenge," praised as one of her "final attempts to sum up the artist's life," a lovely presentation copy inscribed by her in the month of publication, "For Simon & Molly With love from Edith, September 1932." $6800.

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"THE FIRST WOMAN IN AMERICAN HISTORY TO SEEK THE PRESIDENCY"

WOODHULL, Victoria. Origin, Tendencies and Principles of Government. New York, 1871.

First edition of a pivotal collection of over ten key works in the history of woman's suffrage, most in book form for the first time, with Woodhull's bold 1870 declaration of her candidacy for the presidency and the Memorial she delivered before Congress, as well as the Address she delivered to a congressional committee and to the National Woman Suffrage Association, issued by her Woodhull Claflin publishing house, with engraved frontispiece, in original gilt-stamped cloth. $4200.

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PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED BY VIRGINIA WOOLF TO HENRY JAMES' SECRETARY

WOOLF, Virginia. Jacob's Room. London, 1929.

"Uniform edition" of the first full-length novel published by the Hogarth Press, and an important success for Woolf, presentation copy inscribed by her on the front free endpaper: "Theodora Bosanquet, from Virginia Woolf, 1935." $8800.

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“A WOMAN MUST HAVE MONEY AND A ROOM OF HER OWN IF SHE IS TO WRITE FICTION”

WOOLF, Virginia. Room of One's Own. New York and London, 1929. Signed limited first edition, number 111 of 492 copies signed by Woolf in her characteristic purple ink on the half title, of which only 450 were available for sale. $15,000.

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“ONLY THE FIRE SETS ME DREAMING—OF ALL THE THINGS I MEAN TO WRITE”

(SACKVILLE-WEST, Vita) WOOLF, Virginia. A Writer's Diary. London, 1953.

First edition, containing excerpts from Woolf's diaries, edited by Leonard Woolf and published by Hogarth Press—presentation copy inscribed by Vita Sackville-West in the month of publication to close friend and prominent member of the Bloomsbury Group, David Garnett: "For Bunny with love from Vita. Nov. 2, 1953." $4750.

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