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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.
Greenwich, Conn. Climax Molybdenum Company, No date. Hardcover. 8vo. Fine in light blue cloth covered boards with white title to spine and illustration to front board. Pristine interior with photographic illustrations throughout. Dr. Janet Zaph Briggs was an american metallurgist and the first woman to earn a mining engineering degree from Stanford University. 197 pages. WOM/032317. Fine.
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.
New York: David McKay Company, 1968. Hardcover. Inscribed by the author "For Pauli Murray with many thanks, Caroline Bird, June 19, 1968." The recipient, Pauli Murray (1910 - 1985), was a civil rights activist, women's rights activist, lawyer, priest, and author. She was born in Baltimore and was the first African American to receive a Doctor of Juridical Science degree from Yale Law School. She was also the first African American to be ordained as an Episcopal priest. She was one of the first to publically criticize the sexism present in the civil rights movement and coined the term "Jane Crow." Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Bumping to corners and minor wear to edges of boards. Several passages underlined in pen, else clean interior. In white dust jacket with black title to spine and front panel. Wear to edges of jacket including several short closed tears. Minor rubbing and smudge marks to jacket, which is now in a protective plastic covering. 288 pages. WOM/051017. Very Good / 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.
Atlanta: Scholars Press, (1988). Paperback. Number 60 from the American Academy of Religion Academy Series. Fine in black and white paper wrappers with green title to front wrapper and and white title to black spine. Pristine interior. "A pioneering and multi-dimensional work, Black Womanist Ethics is at once a study in ethics, gender, and race." 183 pages. WOM/032317. Fine.
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.
Boston: An Atlantic Monthly Press Book, Little, Brown and Company, (1976). Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in very good black and yellow dust jacket with brown title to front panel and white title to black spine. Minor rubbing to dust jacket. Pristine interior with many photographic illustrations by the author. 228 pages + photos. Women's Studies. WOM1/3252. Near Fine / Very Good.
Maureen Cummins, 2018. Number 17 of 35 copies signed and numbered by the book artist, Maureen Cummins. Secretary deconstructs the life and death-by-suicide of the artist's mother, Dolores Cummins, a brilliant woman, aspiring artist, and housewife for twenty-five years. It is this story that inspired Cummins's later book Crazy Quilt, as well as all the subsequent work that she created around marginalized populations. This book is the first of several around this common theme that Maureen has become well-known for. Secretary is made even more powerful by the structure and composition. It was letterpress printed on sheets of Asian lined paper resembling a steno pad, with titling redacted by hand in graphite. The type used appears to have been typed on an old typewriter. Each section of the book is preceded by a ghostly photographic image of Cummins's mother from that period of her life, reprinted from originals in the artist's possession. The text pages are bound in the style of a stenographer's notepad. It is housed in a stiff grey paper folder. Maureen Cummins is a noted creator of artists' books. Her work is held in over one hundred permanent public collections internationally and has been included in exhibitions at the American Craft Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, and the Rotunda Gallery (amongst others). She has received over a dozen grants and awards and has been an artist-in-residence at numerous venues, including the American Antiquarian Society and the Irish Museum of Modern Art. In fine condition. Measures 8.75 x 14.5 inches. ARTB/100119.
New York: Macmillan Company, 1940. Hardcover. Elizabeth Seton (1774-1821), was the first natural born United States citizen to be canonized by the Catholic church. She converted to Catholicism in 1805 after the death of her husband, with whom she had five children. Her legacy includes founding the first Catholic girls' school and founding the religious order, the Sisters of Charity. She was canonized in 1975. Red cloth boards with gilt title to spine. Exlibrary with sticker to spine and markings to endpapers, else clean. 594 pages. REL/070220. Very Good.
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.
Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1986. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Near fine in very good grey illustrated dustjacket with white title to front and spine panels. Minor wear to dust jacket includes edgewear and one closed tear along the spine that has repaired with tape on the inside. Index, 333 pages Women's Studies. WOM2/2152. Near Fine / Very Good.
New York: Benzinger Brothers, 1925. Hardcover. Original light purple cloth boards with black title to spine and front board. Small black illustration of St. Theresa to front board. Minor wear to corners and edges of boards. A few smudge marks to binding, but mostly clean. Pen marking to front free endpaper, light soiling to margins of a few pages, but clean and bright overall. Frontispiece. 215 pages plus ads. REL/070820. Very Good.
San Francisco: Gazelle and Goat, 2018. Number 20 of 40 copies. Signed and numbered by Rhiannon Alpers, the book artist. Rhiannon has been a book artist, maker of paper, and bookbinder based in San Francisco for almost twenty years. She is fascinated by structures and boxes, and much of her work is focused on nature. This beautifully designed and executed book is emblematic of Rhiannon's artistic interests and aesthetics. She writes of her book, which was inspired by author Glynis Ridley: "When Jeanne Baret stepped on-board the Etoile ship in 1766, she didn’t set out to be the first woman to circumnavigate the globe. Alongside her colleague, accomplice and lover, Philibert Commerson, she took on many roles during the expedition as a botanist, herb woman, nurse, and cataloger of the more than 630 specimens they brought aboard. This limited edition artist book traces the expedition of the first woman to circumnavigate the globe, through the lens of the botanical discoveries she made along the ship’s journey. Jeanne Baret was not able to document the expedition herself, due to the forbidden nature of her passage on this journey, but her legacy has inspired many, and spurred the creation of this book." The book has a removable magnetic spine binding that opens completely back-to-back, with a digitally produced specimen chart hidden within. Hahnemuhle Bugra Fawn folio maps are letterpress printed from polymer plates, adapted from French expedition maps from the published logs “Voyage Autour du Monde par la Frégate du rio la Boudeuse et la Fluté L’Etoile.". Crane’s Lettra Ecru 90lb specimen folios letterpress printed from linoleum blocks and polymer plates. Plant outlines are laser cut and secured with Japanese tissue. Laser cut specimens were adapted from the original plant specimens collected by Commerson and Baret on the expedition, archived in the Museum of Natural History in Paris. Interleaved vellum sheets with macro photography by the artist laser printed on Neenah UV Ultra II. Spine bound with Gmund Bier Paper [colophon]. In fine condition. Measures 8.25 x 9.5 inches. Unpaginated. ARTISTSB/072419.
Indianapolis: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, (1973). Hardcover. Scarce edition. Near fine in very good orange and white dust jacket with black title to front and spine panels. Fading to spine panel, minor chipping and creasing to edges and minor soiling to dust jacket. 379 pages. WOM/032817. Near Fine / Very Good.