Philadelphia: Catholic Standard and Times, 1987. Paperback. "Mother Katharine Drexel is America's most famous nun for she seared the country's conscience on the problems of racism before equal rights was a coined expression. A stunning debutante, charismatic, a generous millionaire, she was a woman of towering idealism who worked selflessly for social justice but she was also a woman torn apart by the flaming injustices of the society in which she lived. A comprehensive, informative, compelling look at the struggles of a great woman in a pathetically unyielding milieu" (James McGrath review on rear cover). Illustrated black paper wrappers with white spine panel titled in black. Light rubbing to covers, else clean and bright. Includes laid-in ephemera with prayer for Drexel. 104 pages. REL/061720. Fine.
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New York: P.J. Kenedy & Sons, 1931. Hardcover. "The story narrated in the following pages is not a story of merely extraordinary and exceptional episodes in the history of the Sisters of Mercy, but rather it gives a glimpse into the normal, the usual, in teh life of these devoted women" (introduction). Ex-library with call number sticker to spine and pocket to rear endpaper. Bound in the original dark blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine and front cover. Frontispiece and several illustrations. Clean. Chipping and tears to edges of some pages (where they were opened poorly). Split to front after first free endpaper. 281 pages. REL/070820. Very Good.
Philadelphia: The John C. Winston Co, circa 1900. Hardcover. Scarce. Inscribed by the author "For the mother of Mary Matthews with best wishes of the Author - Alice Brooks / Written by the Great Great Aunt of Mary Matthews." on the front free endpaper. Alice Brooks was a Baltimore author who often wrote under the pseudonym "ALIX." A collection of advice for young mothers, most involving when and how to discipline kids - each with real life examples. The author notes that "most of the articles in this little volume have been published in Parish Visitor. The material, for many of them, has been gathered from the wise teachings of my mother, to whose memory I lovingly dedicate it." Bound with red cloth spine and corners over white cloth boards. Title in black to front cover with silver flower. Dampstaining and discoloration to covers and spine. Minor wear to corners and edges. Clean interior. 119 pages. LIT/041718. Very Good.
Boston: Hill and Company, (1988). Hardcover. 4to. PRESENTATION COPY from authors. Near fine in black cloth backed lavender paper covered boards with blue title to spine. Minor fading to edges of boards. Interior is clean and bright with black and white photographic illustrations on every page. Blue illustrated dust jacket with yellow and purple title to front and spine panels. 134 pages. Women's Studies. WOM/702. Near Fine in Near Fine Dust Jacket.
Cornwells Heights, PA: Mother Katharine Drexel Guild, 1972. Paperback. Signed and inscribed by the author (Sister Duffy). "The life story of Katharine Drexel (1858 - 1955), foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, spans a long period of time and covers eventful and far reaching developments in the history of the United States" (preface). Red, white, and blue paper wrappers with white title to spine and front panels. Rubbing to panels. Pen marking to front free endpaper. 434 pages. REL/071520. Very Good.
Cornwells Heights, PA: Mother Katharine Drexel Guild, 1972. Hardcover. Signed and inscribed by the author (Sister Duffy). "The life story of Katharine Drexel (1858 - 1955), foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament for Indians and Colored People, spans a long period of time and covers eventful and far reaching developments in the history of the United States" (preface). Blue cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Wear and rubbing to boards. Inscriptions to both endpapers. Authors signature and inscription to title page. Small dampstain to top corners of first few pages. Clean overall. 434 pages. REL/071520. Very Good.
Oldham, England: Incline Press, . Hardcover. 1 of less than 240 copies printed of which only 50 (including this one) were bound for subscribers. This book was produced to commemorate Boccaccio's 700th anniversary in 2013 for the international conference and exhibition 'Locating Boccacio in 2013,' held at the John Rylands University Library and Town Hall in Manchester. This is an excerpt from De mulierbus, the first collection of biographies of women in Western literature. Fine in beige paper covered boards with red cloth spine. The text is printed on blue paper with Poliphilus type. Includes woodcut frontispiece illustration of Joanna, Queen of Jerusalem and Sicily (1541), initials, and head and tailpieces. In a fine tan dust jacket with red title to spine panel. 22 pages. PRI/092013. Fine / Fine.
San Francisco: Jossey-Bass Publishers, (1996). Hardcover. INSCRIBED by Nancy M. Neuman, Sarah McClendon, Judy Woodruff and Sara Melendez. Unsent letter laid in from previous owner addressed to Hillary Clinton asking her to sign her chapter so the book could be auctioned for charity. Near fine in near fine illustrated dust jacket with white title to spine. Inscription from editor to half title page and the inscriptions from the essays are at the beginning of their chapters. Two very small spots of soiling to margin of page 131. Else is pristine with photographic illustrations of each essayist. Index, 265 pages. WOM/032817. Near Fine / Near Fine.
Warner Paperback Library, 1975. Paperback. "At sixteen, Fannie Bell Fleming from the mountains became Blaze Starr, the stripper. She wowed them in clubs across the country, carried on with the Mayor of Philadelphia, Frank Rizzo, and nearly married the Governor of Louisiana, Early Long. This is her story" (back cover). Bound in off-white paper wrappers with red title to spine and front cover. Photographic illustration of Blaze Starr to front cover. Crease and short closed tear to rear cover. Creasing to spine. Browning to interior, but text remains bright and legible. Remnants of an old price sticker to rear cover. Includes 16 pages of black and white photographs (some with partial nudity). 206 pages. AMERBIO/062118. Very Good.
Baltimore: John Murphy and Company, 1871. Hardcover. Printed as a fundraiser for the Lee Memorial Association of Richmond, this is a fragment of the Journal of a young lady of Virginia that was written a century prior to this printing. The author is unknown, but the original manuscript was found in a desk of a country home in Maryland. It was written for a friend of the author, Polly Brent, who was also from Virginia. The journal mentions several family members of General Robert E. Lee, making it appropriate for this particular fundraising effort. Bound in pebbled brown cloth boards with gilt title to front board. Thin octavo. Minor wear and rubbing to boards and edges. Dampstain to corners of all pages, minor foxing, and a few smudge marks ( to margins), else clean. 56 pages. STAHIS/070122. Very Good.