Hartford, Conn. A.D. Worthington & Co Publishers, 1884. First Edition. Bound in original publisher's deluxe half morocco with gilt to boards and spine. All edges brightly gilt; floral endpapers. An about Fine copy, with only light sunning and shelfwear to base of front board. Collates xvii, , -715: complete. Internally a clean, tight copy including author portraits and illustrations by T. W. Williams. Contemporary ownership signature of Miss Arabella Von Lemburgh to front endpaper. An exceptional collection of biographical works celebrating women and composed by renowned authors including Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Mary Livermore, Julia Ward Howe, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Currently the only copy on the market, Our Famous Women last appeared at auction in 1981.
"Probably no aspect of our time is more significant of progress than the ever growing discussion of the place and duties of womenin the social state...All over the land, women are conscious of a ferment and disturbance of thought which is the prophecy of better things. Everywhere they are asking 'What can I do to hasten the New Day.' It seemed therefore, to the Publishers of this volume that the time had come when the simple story of what a few women have done would prove an inspiration and an incentive to the many women who long to do. This book contains various sketches of the lives, which, in various ways, have made the world richer for their presence." So, this volume was composed by twenty distinguished women writers including Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Harriet Beecher Stowe, to celebrate and increase public awareness of the contributions of thirty-one female authors, activists, and trailblazers from Lousia May Alcott and Clara Barton, to Elizabeth Blackwell and Susan B. Anthony. An exceptional and unique celebration of the women whose lives helped improve conditions for other women the world over. Fine (Item #2475)