Item #000010030 The Story of My Life or The Sunshine and Shadow of Seventy Years. Mary A. Livermore.
The Story of My Life or The Sunshine and Shadow of Seventy Years
The Story of My Life or The Sunshine and Shadow of Seventy Years

The Story of My Life or The Sunshine and Shadow of Seventy Years

Hartford, Conn. A.D. Worthington & Co., Publishers, 1897. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. [2], vii-xxxiv, 35-730, [4] (pages of publisher's advertisements) [4] pp. Original brown cloth with gold lettering and decorations on the front board and spine; top edge gilt. With grey endpapers and pastedowns. Illustrated with two full-page photographs at the beginning, and with thirty-one additional full-page illustrations, also with numerous in-text illustrations and head and tailpieces. Completing the title page: "A narrative of her early life and struggles for education, three year's experiences on a southern plantation among white masters and Black slaves, her courtship, marriage, domestic life, etc. With hitherto unrecorded encidents and recollections of three years' experience as an army nurse in the Great Civil War and reminiscences of twenty-five years' experiences on the lecture platform, including thrilling, pathetic, and humorous incidents of platform life, to which is added six of her most popular lectures." Inscribed by the author on the free front endpaper to Stella Jones. Stella Jones was herself a young suffragette at the time, and would go to New York state to campaign for NAWSA around ten years after Livermore's death. The inscription is labeled as being in "Melrose Mass", where Livermore died. Livermore also included a quote for Stella: "Do thy duty - that is best; Leave unto they Lord the rest". ANB, Marilyn Elizabeth Perry, "Livermore, Mary, (19 December 1820–23 May 1905)". Krichmar 4843. Melrose Public Library, Melrose, Mass, "Stella Worth Jones with two women at the shore". Mary Livermore was an early suffragist, a resolute abolitionist, and a Civil War nurse. She worked as a teacher, a journalist, and a lecturer during the latter part of the nineteenth century, publishing a few books during her lifetime. She raised money on behalf of the medical needs of the Union Army, and worked hard to organize several charity initiatives for impoverished women and girls during her residence in the Chicago area. She also served as a newspaper editor and founder. Livermore was a strong, opinionated woman, who worked hard to champion moral causes near and dear to her until her death. A fascinating association copy and an example of the intersection of two generations of the fight for women's rights. Near Fine. Item #000010030

Bookplate of Stella Jones on the front pastedown and a touch of rubbing to the tips.

Price: $500.00