A short list of (un)known women and their triumphs.
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In honor of the imminent arrival of Una Sigrún and the primal process my wife will endure to bring her into the world, I offer this list of remarkable women. Moms, travelers/adventurers, militant Zionists, anti-Zionists, racists, journalists, spiritualists, writers, suffragettes, Quakers, Methodists, men, aristocratic Spanish nationalists, and more. Some known, some unknown; some perenially celebrated, many forgotten.

Subject to prior sale. Reciprocal trade discount proffered; institutions billed according to their red tape. Shipping a tad extra. Clicking on most of the images will take you to the item on our site. Worship the sun. 

1.) ALEXANDER, Frances Gordon. Wayfarers in the Libyan Desert [SIGNED]. New York and London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1912. First edition. $65.00

Octavo (19 cm); ix, 257 pp.; tissue-protected frontispiece; sixty illustrations from photographs; rear folding map. Signed by the author on blank flyleaf. Red cloth decoratively stamped in gilt; pictorial endpapers. Some very slight rubbing to cloth; gilt to spine a trifle dulled. All pages clean and unmarked. Rear folding map in Fine condition. Lacking dust jacket. A Very Good+ to Near Fine copy. The narrative of two women's expedition into and through the Libyan desert beginning in Cairo. Many photographs throughout.

2.) BURCHETT, Bessie R. Education for Destruction. Philadelphia: Published by the author, 1941. First edition. $125.00 

Small octavo. Brown buckram boards with black-stamped spine; xi, 175 pp.; photographic frontispiece. With a foreword by P[hilip] M[eredith] Allen. An alarmist treatise concerning Communist infiltration of Philadelphia's public schools, and more specifically the South Philadelphia High School for Girls where the author was Head of Foreign Languages before quitting ahead of her dismissal.

Bessie "Two Gun" Burchett (b. 1879) was one of Pennsylvania's most well-known right wing figures and associated with the era's most notorious organizations, including the Silver Shirts, Christian Front, German-American Bund, America First, etc. She promulgated a particularly vocal and virulent brand of anti-Semitism and called for American Jews to be expelled or exterminated.

A scarce title published by the author, no other copies currently found in the trade (Feb. 1916). Slight soiling to cloth, most significantly to front joint; clean throughout. (See Jenkins, Hoods and Shirts and Jeansonne, Women of the Far Right)

3.) COHEN, Geula. Woman of Violence: Memoirs of a Young Terrorist, 1943-1948. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, Inc., 1966. First edition. $45.00

Octavo (21.5 cm). Blue patterned cloth with white-printed spine; 275 pp.; dust jacket. A Near Fine copy with a hint of toning to board edges and some discoloration to top edge; owner's bookplate to front pastedown. In a VG+, unclipped but lightly rubbed dust jacket. The author joined the Stern Gang, or Lehi, the militant Zionist fanatics intent on bombing the British out of Palestine to make way for the Jewish state. 

4.) COWELL, Roberta; MILLBOURN, Canon (preface by). Roberta Cowell's Story. London: William Heinemann Ltd., 1954. First edition. $75.00 

Octavo. Blue cloth boards titled in silver to spine; xi, 154 pp.; photographs; dust jacket. The autobiography of Robert Cowell, an RAF pilot and race car driver who transitioned into Roberta Cowell. A Fine copy in a Very Good+, price-clipped dust jacket, which is chipped near the crown and with one small closed tear to rear panel.

5.) DE LA WARR, The Countess. An Eastern Cruise in the "Edeline" Edinburgh and London: William Blackwood and Sons, 1883. First edition. $250.00 

12mo (18 cm). Finely bound in crushed blue morocco with gilt-tooled spine and five raised bands; top edge gilt; marbled endpapers; 119 pp.; frontispiece of the "Edeline." A travel memoir by the Honourable Constance Mary Elizabeth Baillie-Cochrane, who became Countess De La Warr when she married Reginald Windsor Sackville, 7th Earl De La Warr aka The Honourable Reginald West aka The Honourable Reginald Sackville aka The Lord Buckhurst. With the bookplate of U.S. Diplomat and Minister to Cuba and Panama, Herbert Goldsmith Squiers (1859-1911). No other copies currently found in the trade (August, 2016) and only seven copies located institutionally via OCLC. Leather worn at two of the corners and very slightly rubbed along front joint; Very Good.

6.) FERRIS, Helen and MOORE, Virginia. Girls Who Did: Stories of Real Girls and Their Careers [SIGNED TWICE BY CLARA SIPPRELL]. New York: E. P. Dutton & Company, 1927. First edition. $150.00 

12mo. Red textured cloth stamped in gilt; illustrated endpapers; blue top-stain; viii, [2], 3-308 pp.; illustrations by Harriet Moncure; dust jacket. SIGNED twice by the Canadian-born photographer, Clara Sipprell, - who is profiled in the book - on the front panel of the dust jacket and to the half-title page. An anthology of profiles of professional women, mostly on the obscure side, and including actresses (Ethel Barrymore), teachers, artists, nurses, gardeners, musicians, etc. The women included are Gertrude Hawley, Marion Durell, Anne Carroll Moore, Ethel Barrymore, Mabel E. Stewart, Inez Haynes Irwin, Mina Hall Carothers, Neysa McMein, Charlotte Cowdrey Brown, Edna Watson Bailey, Marion Sprague Gilmore, Peggy Hoyt, Jean Norris, Clara Sipprell, Margaret E. Maltby, Brenda Putnam, Alice Foote MacDougall, Mary Kingsbury Simkhovitch, and Maria Jeritza.

The book was the brainchild of Helen Ferris, who at the time was editing the national Girl Scout magazine, and who employed a young writer, Virginia Moore, to assist her. Moore would later marry poet, Louis Untermeyer - albiet briefly - before embarking on a distingued writing career. A Near Fine copy with one small bump to the bottom of the front board; in a Fair only dust jacket, which is rubbed and chipped along the spine ends and edges and which is largely held together by tape to the verso. Copies of the first edition are scarce, especially signed.

7.) FITZ, Frances Ella; ODLUM, Jerome (as told to). Lady Sourdough [INSCRIBED]. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1942. Second printing. $200.00 

Octavo. Brick red cloth stamped in gilt; 319 pp.; eight photographic plates; dust jacket. A nice inscription by the author on the front endpaper with her Alaskan notary public badge affixed to the bottom of the page. Also included are two pieces of promotional material for the book.

In her youth Frances Ella Fitz (1866-) was the champion woman roller skater in the country and played banjo in Victor Herbert's orchestra in Pittsburgh in 1899. In 1900, she left or Nome, Alaska, as a stenographer for the Rowe Co-operative Mining Company. She quickly transitioned into a job as the United States Recorder in Council City, Alaska, began buying up deeds of land and quickly amassed a small fortune as a gold prospector. In 1902 she became owner and operator of the Council City News, the most northerly newspaper in the world, before cashing out after marrying John Sanger in 1906.

A Near Fine book with only scant rubbing to cloth in a scarce, Very Good, unclipped ($3.00), dust jacket. Some edge wear and spine a trifle sunned. An important contribution to the literature on Alaska, the U.S. gold rush, female adventurers and women's studies. (Falk 2451)

8.) FURSE, Dame Katharine. Hearts and Pomegranates: The Story of Forty-Five Years, 1875-1920. London: Peter Davies, 1940. First edition. $75.00 

Octavo. Red cloth boards stamped in gilt to spine; red top-stain; xx, 407 pp.; collotype plates; dust jacket. The autobiography of Katharine Furse, daughter of the homosexual poet, John Addington Symonds, and the botanical artist, Marianne North. She founded the Voluntary Aid Detachment and was very involved with the Girl Scout Movement. A rather uncommon autobiography and rarely seen in the pictorial dust jacket. An about Near Fine copy with corners gently bumped; foxing to fore-edge; browning to the unclipped dust jacket with some wear to crown; Very Good+.

9.) HENTZ, Mrs. Caroline Lee [Whiting]. Linda; Or, the Young Pilot of the Belle Creole. A Tale of Southern Life. Philadelphia: T. B. Peterson, [1856]. Later printing. $150.00 

Octavo (19 cm); 7-10 [adverts], 13-276, 16 [adverts], [2] [adverts]; engraved frontispiece. Publisher's brown embossed cloth; gilt spine. A Very Good copy with some very minimal rubbing; slight chipping to spine ends and corner tips; foxing throughout; boards a trifle cocked. Hentz's novel was initially published in 1850, but we know this is a later printing due to the adverts for other Hentz novels published after this date. One advert in the rear is dated 1856, the year the author died, so we can surmise that Peterson's republications of all of her novels took place posthumously.

Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz is a largely forgotten author today, but she was instrumental, along with her one-time friend and later literary nemesis, Harriet Beecher Stowe, with paving the way for American women writers. Her most (in)famous novel, The Planter's Northern Bride, was a rebuttal to Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin and showed slavery in a positive light. A scarce work by a woman who will most assuredly find scholarly vogue in the near future.

10.) HOMER, Joy. Dawn Watch in China. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1941. $45.00 

Octavo (22 cm). Cloth boards; map endpapers; 340 pp.; dust jacket. 23-year-old journalist, Joy Homer's, adventurous account of her travels through all but three of China's provinces in 1938-39. A Near Fine copy, although slightly musty, in a rubbed and worn dust jacket with a couple of tape repairs to verso; Good. Scarce in jacket.

11.) HOUSER, Julia Crouse. Letters from Japan Written By An American Girl Traveling in the Far East To Her Friends At Home. [New York]: [Designed and Printed in the Shop of William Edwin Rudge], [1910]. First edition. $85.00 

Quarto. Boards with inlaid illustrated label and paper title label to spine; decorative endpapers; deckle edges; 155 pp. A well-preserved, Near Fine, copy with some very faint foxing. The author spent time traveling as a tourist in Japan during the 1890s with her sister and a friend, the wife of an officer in the United States Navy. This collection of letters home was privately printed years later (Klein cites 1910) in what limited edition we don't know. Only one other copy for sale in commerce and roughly a dozen copies found institutionally.

12.) JACK, Ellen E. The Fate of a Fairy [Or, Twenty Seven Years in the Far West] [SIGNED w/ real photo postcard of Jack]. Chicago: M. A. Donohue & Co., 1910. Reprint. $95.00 

Small octavo. Red cloth decoratively stamped in green with onlaid oval portrait; 213 pp.; 10 photographic plates. Signed by Jack to Illustrations page and with a real photo postcard of a gun-toting Ellen Jack laid in. Later in life Jack sold photographs of herself as a means of support. A Very Good copy with some rubbing to darkened cloth; spine faded. Ellen E. Jack (1842-1921) was born in England but made her way to the U.S. at a young age. The majority of her adult adventures took place in the American West and are recounted in this book.

13.) LINKE, Lilo. Tale Without End. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1934. First American edition. $25.00 

Small octavo (19.5 cm). Lime green cloth stamped in red to front board and spine; red top-stain; xxxvii, 220, [2] pp.; photographic frontispiece of the author. German writer, Lilo Linke's (1906-1963), first travelogue concerning her youthful peregrinations around France. With a lengthy introduction by her friend, the English writer, [Margaret] Storm Jameson. A Very Good copy with a few faint stains to rear board; a Good only jacket, which is rubbed, soiled and chipped with a triangular chunk missing from the rear panel.

14.) LIVERMORE, Rev. S. T. Harriet Livermore, The "Pilgrim Stranger" Hartford, Conn.: Press of The Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company, 1884. First edition. $75.00 

Octavo (19 cm); 223 pp; portrait frontis. Brick red cloth with black ruling and gilt titling to front board. Cloth is rubbed with some soiling to rear board; gift inscription from "Lizzie" to L. M. Livermore & Eliza Livermore, 1887 on front endpaper; foxing to frontis, tissue guard & title page; margin toning from pgs 47-68, only affecting text on a couple of pages; smudging to last couple of leaves. Despite internal flaws, still VG- copy. Harriet Livermore grew up in a prosperous New England family, but embarked on an itinerant preaching career when she was twenty-three; one of the most famous women evangelists of the 19th century. John Greenleaf Whittier featured her in his famous poem, "Snow-bound." No copies currently offered in the trade.

15.) LOUDON, Mrs. Gardening for Ladies; and Companion to the Flower-Garden. New York: John Wiley, 1851. Second American [edition], from the third London edition. $50.00

Octavo (20.5 cm). Publisher's blind-stamped cloth with gilt spine; xii, [13]-430 pp.; illus. This volume comprises two of Jane Loudon's popular gardening books in one. Before she became one of Britain's leading horticulturalists, Jane Wells Webb wrote an early science fiction novel, The Mummy: A Tale of the Twenty-Second Century (1828), which foreshadowed many innovative technological changes. Through the novel's publication and favorable review, she met the horticulturalist, John Claudius Loudon, and the two married. She then dedicated her life to gardening and wrote many accessible reference works for novice gardeners. A remarkably fresh copy. Cloth is slightly sunned and there are two small nicks to crown; owner's name to ffep; some foxing to prelims and sporadically throughout - VG+. 

16.) MUDGE, Zachariah Atwell. Lady Huntingdon Portrayed; Including Brief Sketches of Some of Her Friends and Co-Laborers. New York: Carlton & Porter, 1857. First edition. $50.00 

12mo. (18 cm); 319, [10] (adverts) pp.; engraved frontis; ill. Publisher's pebbled brown cloth with decorative embossing; bright gilt to spine; pale yellow endpapers. Cloth is rubbed with some wear to corner tips; inscription to front endpaper; a tinge of dampstaining to the top of some pages near hinges; blank flyleaf is foxed. Selina, Countess of Huntingdon (1707-1791) was best known as a proponent of Methodism during the Great Revival and Mudge, a Methodist clergyman himself took it upon himself to extol her with this volume.

17.) NEWTON, Francis E. Fifty Years in Palestine. Wrotham, England: Coldharbour Press Ltd., 1948. First edition. $225.00 

Octavo. Green, gilt-stamped paper over boards; 328 pp.; dust jacket. A Near Fine copy with spine ends and corners very gently bumped. In the scarce, Palestinian flag-themed, dust jacket, which is unclipped. Some rubbing and slight chipping to extremities, but easily Very Good. A scarce title in general, we find no other copies in jacket.

Frances Emily Newton (1871-1955) was a fiery English missionary, later Dame of Justice of the Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, who struggled for the betterment of Arab women and children under the nascent British administration while virulently opposing the onslaught of Zionism.

18.) NICHOLSON, Helen (Baroness de Zglinitzki). Death in the Morning. London: Lovat Dickson Limited Publishers, 1937. First edition. $250.00 

Octavo. Orange cloth with blue-gilt-stamped spine; red topstain; 157 pp.; dust jacket. A scarce memoir of the Spanish Civil War from the American-born novelist, Helen Nicholson (Baroness de Zglinitzki), who was caught up in the conflict while visiting her daughter and son-in-law in Granada. Nicholson and her family were unabashedly supportive of Franco and the Nationalists. A Near Fine copy with some very negligible wear to bottom board edges and some dust-soiling to top edge; one corner bumped. In the scarce, unclipped dust jacket, which is rubbed with some light wear to spine ends. Very Good.

19.) ROBINSON, Elsie. I Wanted Out! New York: Farrar & Rinehart, Incorporated, 1934. First edition. $100.00 

Octavo (20.5 cm). Brown cloth stamped in brown; brown top-stain; photographic frontispiece of the author. The scarce autobiography of Elsinore Justina "Aunt Elsie" Robinson (1883-1956) who worked as a miner in California before finding her calling as a Hearst columnist. An about Near Fine copy. One corner bumped; last few pages with marginal tears from careless opening; lacking the scarce dust jacket.

20.) SHAW, Anna Howard. The Story of a Pioneer. New York and London: Harper & Brothers Publishers, 1915. First edition. $150.00 

Octavo. Red cloth ruled decoratively in gilt; oval photograph of Shaw to front board; top edge gilt; 337 pp.; illus.; dust jacket. Autobiography of the physician, Methodist minister and leading figure in the woman's suffrage movement. An about Near Fine copy with slight discoloration to the spine ends; gift inscription to front endpaper; in the very scarce, fragile dust jacket, which is rubbed, worn and chipped along the edges with a closed tear halfway up the front fold; Good only. 

21.) WEBB, Maria. The Fells of Swarthmoor Hall and Their Friends; with an Account of Their Ancestor, Anne Askew, the Martyr. A Portraiture of Religious and Family Life in the Seventeenth Century, Compiled Chiefly from Original Letters and Other Documents, Never Before Published [ASSOCIATION COPY]. London: F. Bowyer Kitto, 1867. Second edition. $300.00 

12mo. (17 cm). Brown cloth with gilt spine; xvi, 382, [2]; engraved frontispiece of Marsh Grange, home of the Askew family. An important association copy from the noted Quaker minister and suffragist, Deborah Fisher Wharton (1795-1888), to Stephen R. Hicks (1823-1892), of the famous Long Island Quakers.

Deborah Wharton was a Hicksite Quaker, and along with other members of this sect, founded Swarthmore College in 1864. Stephen Hicks was related to Elias Hicks (1748-1830), the itinerant Quaker minister who fomented the first schism within the Religious Society of Friends with his radical doctrinal beliefs. Cloth slightly worn at corners and spine ends; white stain to rear board. Still a Very Good copy.

22.) WILCOX, Ella Wheeler. World Voices. New York: Hearst's International Library Company, 1916. First edition. $75.00 

Quarto. Green, gilt-stamped cloth with embossed flower; top edge gilt; 126 pp.; tissue-protected color frontispiece with illustrations from many different artists. A Very Good, sound copy with slight rubbing and darkening to cloth. Clean throughout.

Ella Wheeler Wilcox (1850-1919) was a poet and spiritualist who wrote on themes of anti-militarism, animal rights, the occult and spiritualism, etc. In this volume, her poems are illustrated by William de Leftwich Dodge, Will Foster, Lejaren A. Hiller, T. D. Skidmore, Vincent Aderente, Charles A. Winter, Paul Bransom, George Gibbs, Mary Greene Blumenshein, Paul Julien Meylan, J. Scott Williams, William Hottinger, W. T. Benda, John Alonzo Williams, and Dalton Stevens.

23.) WOOLF, Virginia. Orlando: A Biography. New York: Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1928. First American edition. $300.00 

Octavo (21 cm); 333 pp.; frontis; illus.; dust jacket. Blue cloth, blind-ruled with stamped publisher's device to front board; gilt to slightly sunned spine. Dust jacket has a slightly browned spine with some minor chipping and one 2.5" closed tear to front flap fold. With eight illustrations. "Whether, then, Orlando was most man or woman, it is difficult to say and cannot now be decided."

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