47 SEPARATE PUBLICATIONS BOUND IN THREE VOLUMES.
Sturdy library bindings of cloth-backed boards, title and shelf labels on spines. Iowa State Library labels and other institutional markings (mostly confined to front pastedowns, but also discreetly located elsewhere); a few old (and slightly tattered) newspaper clippings with pertinent subject matter bound in. ◆A bit of rubbing and shelfwear to bindings, one hinge cracked, last two leaves at end of volume I coming loose at gutter, occasional minor browning or foxing due to paper quality, a couple of pamphlets with light soiling to front page, other trivial defects, but an excellent collection, the text clean and fresh, the bindings solid and serviceable.
This collection of short pamphlets and other publications in support of women's suffrage includes addresses, reports, and articles by some of the most prominent social reformers of the post-Civil War period. Many were published either for the American Woman Suffrage Association (in conjunction with its suffragist newspaper, "The Woman's Journal"), a group founded by Lucy Stone, her husband Henry Brown Blackwell, and a few of their close friends in 1869, or for the National Woman Suffrage Association, founded by Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony the same year. The AWSA distinguished itself from the NWSA by taking a more moderate stance and focusing solely on the issue of suffrage. The tracts, all of which appear to be quite rare on the market, are divided into three volumes, briefly described below. A complete list of contents available on request.
VOLUME I: 189 x 116 mm. (7 3/8 x 4 1/2"). Contains 10 tracts printed in 1870-71 either in Hartford, Connecticut, or by the Woman's Journal Office in Boston. Includes lectures by Henry Ward Beecher, George William Curtis, and John Stuart Mill, a Report of the Joint Special Committee of the Legislature of Connecticut on Woman Suffrage, and a pamphlet that asks "Ought Women to Learn the Alphabet?"
VOLUME II: 225 x 137 mm. (9 x 5 1/2"). Contains 25 tracts, including several addresses to the Women's Rights Convention, held at Syracuse, New York, in September 1852; speeches by Elisabeth Cady Stanton, Wendell Phillips, and Victoria Woodhull; pamphlets issued in New York and Washington D.C, along with reports from the Woman Suffrage Association in Polk County, Iowa.
VOLUME III: 223 x 133 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 1/4"). 12 tracts, including items relating to suffrage efforts in Michigan, Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, Wyoming (the first state to enact women's suffrage, in 1870), and the South, as well as related issues such as college education for women, and prohibition of alcohol. (CLI21Collections)