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The First Published Book by an African-American Woman

PHILLIS WHEATLEY, Book. Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. First edition, with the advertisement on the final page reading “Lately published in 2 vols. Twelves...” and engraved frontispiece portrait after Scipio Morehead (second state). London: Archibald Bell, 1773, for Cox and Berry, Boston. 128 pp., 4⅜ x 6¾ in. Modern half brown leather, marbled sides.

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“Celestial muse, my arduous flight sustain
And raise my mind to a seraphic strain!”

—from Wheatley’s“Thoughts on the Works of Providence”

Item #23638, PRICE ON REQUEST

Feminist Anna Dickinson Refuses to Apologize

ANNA ELIZABETH DICKINSON, Autograph Letter Signed, to A. Boyd. August 1, 1866. 2 pp.

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Item #21678.19, $500

Lucy Stone Thanks Cornelius B. Campbell for His Help in New Jersey Suffrage Cause

LUCY STONE, Autograph Letter Signed, to Cornelius B. Campbell, Newark, New Jersey, December 15, 1867. 4 pp., 5¼ x 8¼ in.

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Women have plead their own cause for a quarter of a century, and we have convinced men. Now it only remains for men to convince women.

Item #24154.01, $3,500

Lucy Stone Discusses Schedule and 1868 Election

LUCY STONE, Autograph Letter Signed, to Cornelius B. Campbell, Newark, New Jersey, September 27, 1868. 2 pp., 5¼ x 8¼ in.

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Item #24154.02, $2,400

Lucy Stone Plans New Jersey Suffrage Meeting

LUCY STONE, Autograph Letter Signed, to Cornelius B. Campbell, [Newark, New Jersey], November 24, 1868. 2 pp., 5 x 8 in.

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Item #24154.03, $2,900

English Sociologist and Novelist Martineau Signs a Note

HARRIET MARTINEAU, Autograph Note Signed. Address leaf, n.p. n.d.

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Item #21678.25, $100

Mary Lincoln’s Signed Copy of The Life of Marie Antoinette Queen of France

MARY LINCOLN, Signed Book. “Mary Lincoln. / 1878,” in her copy of Charles Duke Yonge, The Life of Marie Antoinette Queen of France, 2d rev. ed. (London: Hurst and Blackett, 1877), xvi, 432 pp., 8vo. bound in tooled purple cloth boards with titled spine. A carte-de-visite portrait of Mary Lincoln has been affixed to the front free endpaper.

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she bore her accumulated miseries with a serene resignation, an intrepid fortitude, a true heroism of soul, of which the history of the world does not afford a brighter example.

Item #24759, $6,000

An Invitation to Join the Temperance Union

WOMEN’S CHRISTIAN TEMPERANCE UNION, Printed Postcard Invitation. Unused.

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Item #21678.07, $100

A Receipt Signed by Suffragette Carrie Chapman Catt

CARRIE CHAPMAN CATT, Autograph Document Signed. Check. N.Y., December 31, 1899. 1 p.

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Item #21678.22, $400

Belva Lockwood Signed Card

BELVA LOCKWOOD, Autograph Endorsement Signed. Archivally framed with an image and brass plaque.

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Item #23083, $900

Author, Educator, and Lecturer Kate Sanborn Gathers Ladies for Lunch

KATE SANBORN, Autograph Letter Signed. [New York, N.Y.?] 4 pp., 4 ½ x 7 in.

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Item #21678.27, $450

“Votes for Women”

[WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE], Votes for Women Flag. 8 x 5½ in., attached to the original 18 in. stick. Ca. 1910. Framed.

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Item #21421, ON HOLD

Alice Stone Blackwell Signed
Suffragette Periodical Stock Certificate

ALICE STONE BLACKWELL, Partially Printed Document Signed. Five shares of the Woman’s Journal, Certificate #117, November 18, 1910. Framed with a photograph and engraved brass exhibit card.

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Item #23076, $1,750

“perhaps the best place to begin is with the Jews and colored people”: Eleanor Roosevelt responds to an idea for promoting better relations between Jews and Gentiles

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed, to Prudence B. Anderson, February 15, 1941. On White House stationery, with original envelope, and 3 page retained carbon copy of Anderson’s letter to which this responds. 1 p.

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“There is no doubt that there is a need for improving the understanding and co-operation between the various races which make up the U.S.A., and perhaps the best place to begin is with the Jews and colored people”

Item #25077, $4,800

Eleanor Roosevelt on the Meaning of Civil Rights

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed, to “Harry,” Washington, D.C., February 19, 1944. 2 pp., 6¼ x 9¼ in. On White House stationery.

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“Something has to happen to people’s souls before they are going to give the rights of citizenship to all the people of our country, regardless of color or creed. That does not mean you have to ask them to dinner. It only means giving them the rights that go with citizenship.”

Item #23592, $15,000

Eleanor Roosevelt Defends Universal Military Training – and 18 year-old Voting Rights

ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, Typed Letter Signed, to Flora E. Shirah, February 27, 1951. 2 pp., 7¼ x 10¼ in.

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I suppose you can say that anything which is obligatory is in some degree similar to communism or fascism. The only difference here is that we the people, are consulted and it is our representatives through whom we speak… I think you are a trifle emotional when you call 18 year old men, children. I think they should be allowed to vote…. Of course there are inequalities and injustices in any big undertaking.

I am sorry if you feel that you can not trust your government…. You can not expect always to have one man who will carry the burdens of the whole democracy and express their thinking for them. Now we have to do it for ourselves.

We are not alone in Korea, many nations are represented … but we have to bear the brunt … because we were spared during the last war from war in our own country and therefore today we are the strongest nation in the world.

A mothers’ rebellion would certainly be a novel and interesting undertaking because there would be a division even among the mothers. I do not know, nor could I tell you exactly how you could find out how many men in Congress have eighteen year old sons but I am sure there are a great many who have.

A rich and fascinating letter by one of the twentieth century’s most powerful first ladies.

Item #24793, $2,500