(New York: Charles Scribner and Company, 1867). 225 x 145 mm. (8 3/4 x 5 3/4"). 1 p.l. (title), 464 pp. FIRST EDITION.
Publisher's full brown morocco, covers with elaborate gilt titling within attractive gilt frame, raised bands, spine gilt in compartments, gilt dentelles, all edges gilt. With frontispiece and 13 steel-engraved portraits of prominent American women. ◆A hint of shelf wear (including a little of rubbing to bottom edges), a few instances of faint thumbing and the odd negligible marginal stain, but A FINE COPY INSIDE AND OUT.
Elizabeth Fries Ellet (1818-77) was the first writer to document seriously the contribution of women in the American Revolution. Her interest in women's work and the domestic arts also led her to write important accounts of women artists, pioneers, and, in the present book, of members of the upper echelon of American society from colonial times to the 1860's. (ST15167)