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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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“HOW DO I LOVE THEE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS”

BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett. Poems. London, 1850. Two volumes.

Important and preferred second edition of Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s Poems, containing the first appearance of her famous love poems to her husband, Sonnets from the Portuguese, which did not appear in the 1844 first edition of Poems. A lovely copy. $15,000.

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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 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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INSCRIBED BY BERENICE ABBOTT, VERY SCARCE PRESENTATION/ASSOCIATION FIRST EDITION OF CHANGING NEW YORK

ABBOTT, Berenice. Changing New York. New York, 1939.

First edition of Abbott’s groundbreaking photo-essay on New York City, a memorable presentation/association copy inscribed by Abbott on the title page to Howard Daitz, long associated with New York's famed Witkin Gallery, "For Howard Daitz, Berenice Abbott," with laid-in printed April 16, 1976 invitation to the Witkin Gallery, along with an April 3, 1976 invitation to a reception honoring Abbott at Washington D.C.'s Lunn Gallery. Featuring 97 brilliant halftone plates that display “the historical importance of the documentary mode… its power as a medium of personal expression” (Parr & Badger), in very scarce dust jacket. $7000.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST WORK PUBLISHED BY THE BRONTË SISTERS

(BRONTE, Charlotte, Emily and Anne). Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell. London, 1846 [1848].

First edition, second issue (as virtually always), of the Brontës' first published work, in original cloth. Only 39 copies with the first-issue title page were sold; this is one of the remaining 961 copies issued with a cancel title page. $4000.

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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. $3800.

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"NO ASPECT OF OUR TIME IS ORE SIGNIFICANT OF PROGRESS THAN THE EVER-GROWING DISCUSSION OF THE PLACE AND DUTIES OF WOMEN IN THE SOCIAL STATE"

STOWE, Harriet Beecher, HOWE, Julia Ward, STANTON, Elizabeth Cady, et al. Our Famous Women. Hartford, Connecticut, 1884.

Early edition of this collection of 30 profiles of famous women written by 20 famous female writers, wonderfully illustrated with dozens of illustrations and portraits, in original three-quarter morocco-gilt. $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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"WOMEN… BEGAN TO ASK THEMSELVES WHY THOUSANDS OF IGNORANT MEN SHOULD BE MADE VOTERS, AND THEY, OR THEIR SEX, STILL KEPT IN BONDAGE"

ROBINSON, Harriet H. Massachusetts in the Woman Suffrage Movement. Boston, 1883.

Second edition of this well-regarded history of women's suffrage in Massachusetts, in original cloth. $1100.

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"WHEN THE MARTYROLOGY OF THE PROLETARIAT SHALL BE WRITTEN, AMONG ITS UNKNOWN AND UNNUMBERED SAINTS SHALL BE THOUSANDS…. OF WOMEN AND LITTLE CHILDREN"

VAN ETTEN, Ida M. Condition of Women Workers Under the Present Industrial System. Washington, 1891.

First edition of this speech delivered at the national convention of the American Federation of Labor about the injustices faced by women workers. $950.

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"ACQUIRING THIS NEW IMPLEMENT OF POWER AND LITERALLY PUTTING IT UNDERFOOT"

(WOMAN SUFFRAGE) WILLARD, Frances E. Wheel Within a Wheel. New York, 1895.

First edition of the 19th-century temperance leader and suffragist's surprising path to "a whole philosophy of life" that is discovered as she learns ride a bicycle, an unexpected guide "to help women to a wider world," with frontispiece and six full-page illustrations, in original cloth. $950.

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"WOMEN HAVE, OF COURSE, ALWAYS WORKED… WOMEN HAVE NOT, HOWEVER, ALWAYS WORKED FOR WAGES"

ABBOTT, Edith. Women in Industry. New York and London, 1910.

First edition of the American economist and pioneering sociologist's first book—"a massive, comprehensive statement on women's work in the marketplace." $900.

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"THE FIRST EXPLICIT AND SUSTAINED RECOGNITION IN HER PHILOSOPHICAL PROSE OF AN ISSUE… CULMINATING, OF COURSE, WITH… HER FEMINIST CLASSIC THE SECOND SEX"

BEAUVOIR, Simone de. Ethics of Ambiguity. New York, 1948.

First edition in English of Beauvoir's pivotal second work in philosophy, issued one year after the first French edition and only five years before the French edition of Second Sex, a core argument for existentialist ethics in response to Sartre's Being and Nothingness, with Ethics one of two works she saw as an "important starting point for any interpretation and evaluation of her oeuvre." $850.

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"THE STORY OF THE WAR WILL NEVER BE FULLY OR FAIRLY WRITTEN IF THE ACHIEVEMENTS OF THE WOMEN IN IT ARE UNTOLD"

MOORE, Frank. Women of the War. Hartford, Connecticut: 1866.

First edition of Moore's informative history of Civil War women, published shortly after war's end, with ten steel engravings, including frontispiece, vignette and eight full-page steel engravings. $600.

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