Troy: Norman Tuttle, 1833. First edition. Modern buff wrappers with label to front. Discrete ownership stamp of Andover Newton to upper margin of title. Light scattered foxing, largely confined to preliminary and terminal leaves; otherwise unmarked and clean. Measuring 215 x 130mm and complete in 48 pages. With 27 institutionally preserved copies and the last copy at auction appearing over a decade ago, it is a work that has become scarce in trade. This is the only example on the market.
A pioneer in American women's education, Emma Willard began her career in 1807, teaching at the Berlin Academy finishing school, while being tutored in geometry and philosophy by her nephew, an undergraduate at Middlebury College. "This experience illustrated the disparity between education available for men and for women, and she spent the rest of her life fighting for more educational opportunities for females" (History of American Women). Joining forces with her sister Almira Phelps, she founded the Troy Female Seminary in New York. "For the first time in the United States, girls were formally offered the opportunity to engage in real intellectually engaging academics. Students studied from textbooks authored by Willard herself, which would later be translated and printed in several European and Asian languages, remaining popular long after her death" (Emma Willard Academy).
By 1833, the Seminary had become a cornerstone of American education, counting among its alumnae Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lily Spencer Churchill, Duchess of Marlborough. Willard continued her mission beyond the school, as a women's rights activist within the U.S. and as a women's education advocate internationally. The present work is drawn from an address by Willard in January of 1833, in which she sought to raise support and funds for the creation of a women's school in Athens, Greece in the aftermath of that nation's civil war (1821-1831) and ongoing reconstruction.
Sabin 104043. BAL 6794. (Item #4416)