"ALL HUMAN BEINGS WERE HER BROTHERS AND SISTERS AND HER WORK HAS LIVED AFTER HER": SIGNED LIMITED FIRST EDITION OF ELEANOR ROOSEVELT'S FIRST BOOK, ONE OF ONLY 250 COPIES
ROOSEVELT, Eleanor. It's Up to the Women. New York: Frederick A. Stokes, 1933. Octavo, original blue cloth, top edge gilt, uncut and partially unopened, original slipcase. Housed in a custom lucite slipcase.
Signed limited first edition of Eleanor Roosevelt's first book, number 95 of only 250 copies signed by her, with frontispiece portrait, in the original slipcase.
Published the year FDR began his first term as president, "Eleanor Roosevelt's first book, It's Up to the Women, was intended to stiffen the spines and lift the spirits of its readers as they moved through the Great Depression. To say that Roosevelt's act of writing this book was shocking hardly covers it," the historian Jill Lepore writes… 'In 1933 women rarely spoke in public, held very few public offices, and had barely begun voting.' Inspirational at times, the book is also deeply practical… But the foundational message rings as loudly as it did nearly a century ago: that women 'have always been a tremendous power in the destiny of the world'" (New York Times). Without scarce original dust jacket.
Book with only usual toning to spine, slipcase with only slightest rubbing and toning. A handsome copy.