New York: The MacMillan Company, 1915. First edition. Inscribed inside the front cover by Sophinisba Preston Breckinridge. Near Fine in like jacket. Scarce original brown paper dust jacket; light toning to spine with small chips to head and foot. Publisher’s tan and white binding with paper labels fully intact on spine and front cover; slight soiling to paper on spine; minor edgewear on boards; some darkening to top outer edges of text block. Text block tight; internally complete and clean. An excellent association copy of this rare book, which does not appear in the modern auction record and is not currently listed elsewhere on the market.
In April 1915, the International Congress of Women convened in the Netherlands, drawing women’s rights activists from around the globe. Among those delegates who gathered to discuss women’s diplomatic importance to the post-WWI peace process were the two who would become the first American women to win the Nobel Peace Prize: Jane Addams and her protégé Emily Balch. With their co-author Alice Hamilton, Harvard’s first female professor, these American representatives published Women at the Hague to present the outcomes of the congress to their national audience. Sophinisba Breckinridge, affectionately known as “Miss Nisba,” was another of Addams’ protégés. One of the earliest U.S. female lawyers and PhD recipients, she was active in the Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom [WILPF]; and she became the first professor to teach a women’s studies course. Signing her name “Miss Nisba,” she presented this book to Henry McDowell Bullock, descendant of the infamous “Great Compromiser” Henry Clay. An exceptional copy of a rare book with important women’s movement associations.
Smithsonian Institute First Women in American History. Not in Krichmar. (Item #2011)