[Milwaukee]: [S.E. Tate Printing Company], 1911. First edition. Original gray publisher's cloth binding, with title and author embossed in gilt on front cover. Gentle bumps to corners; mild shelf wear to crown and foot of spine. Text block tight and unmarked, with the exception of pencil underlining on pages 20 and 29. Inscribed on the front free endpaper by the author: "Mrs. Adelaide Johnson with the love and admiration of Olympia Brown, 941 Seake Ave Racine Wis. Xmas 1913." This rare book last appeared at auction 37 years ago and sold unsigned, making this Near Fine association copy connecting two important leaders of the women's movement an exceptional piece.
In this book, Brown documents a lifetime of intersectional activism that began with the influence of her mother, carried her through a college degree at Antioch College, and resulted in her leadership in both the American Equal Rights Association and the women's suffrage movement. With a firm belief that the fight for women's suffrage opened the door to a wider range of racial, economic, and social reform, Brown campaigned alongside such luminaries as Susan B. Anthony, Lucy Stone, and Alice Paul, Brown; and she dedicated her book "To the Woman Suffrage cause, which has inspired the noblest reformers of the last half-century." Adelaide Johnson, to whom Brown presents her book, was no less influential. An exhibitor at the groundbreaking 1893 World's Columbian Exposition, she promoted women's rights by presenting busts of Susan B. Anthony and Lucretia Mott. Almost two decades later, in the year after the 19th Amendment's passage, Johnson unveiled a monument that still remains in Washington, DC's Capitol rotunda: Portrait Monument to Lucretia Mott, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Susan B. Anthony.
An exceptionally Fine book with an important and unique feminist association. (Item #2017)