The Dobkin Family Collection of Feminism

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A research collection documenting the struggles and achievements of women, primarily American and British, throughout history, with an emphasis on original 19th- and 20th-century material. Areas of special interest include Suffrage, Labor, Health, Politics, Legal rights, Gender studies, and Domestic issues, offering works by well-known women with compelling contextualization, and rescuing the unknown from anonymity.

Every attempt has been made to include original correspondence, diaries, journals, files, annotated printed matter and inscribed and annotated association copies of books, as well as truly scarce books and rare survivals of fragile ephemera.


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The Dobkin Family Collection of Feminism

Abzug, Bella. With Mim Kelber.

Gender Gap.

Abzug, Bella with Mim Kelber.  Gender Gap:  Bella Abzug's Guide to Political Power for American Women.   Boston:  Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984.
First edition.  Signed and dated by Bella Abzug at the half title page.  8vo, x, 257pp; (including Appendix); deep rose boards with navy blue...

Gender Gap.

Adams, Abigail.

LETTER: ALS to Judge William Cranch.

Adams, Abigail. Autograph Letter Signed, "A. Adams," with address panel also in her hand, to Judge William Cranch; Quincy, Massachusetts: June 17th 1811.
Single leaf, 7 5/8 x 4 7/8 inches, address panel, 4 x 2 5/8 inches, directing the letter to "Judge Cranch / city / Washington"; lower left...

Adams, Evangeline.

Astrology for Everyone: What it is and How it Works.

Adams, Evangeline. Astrology for Everyone: What It Is and How It Works. New York: Dodd,
Mead and Company, 1931.
8vo.; cloth; fine.
First edition of a popular and uncommon title, the autobiography of America's then best-known
astrologer. A presentation copy, inscribed on the front...

Adams, Hannah) Lowell, John.

Review of Dr. Morse's Appeal to the Publick

Rev. Morse Pilloried
[Adams, Hannah] [Lowell, John.] Review of Dr. Morse's "Appeal to the Publick," principally with reference to that part of it which relates to Harvard College. Boston: N.p., n.d. [1815].
8vo.; stamp of the Presbyterian Historical Society at the foot of the first text...

Review of Dr. Morse’s Appeal to the Publick

Adams, Hannah.

Abridgement of the History of New England, for the Use of Young Children, An.

Adams, Hannah. An Abridgement of the History of New England, for the Use of Young Children. Boston: Printed for the Author and for Sale by B. & J. Homans and John West, July, 1805.
12mo., contemporary full sheep; red morocco spine label, stamped in gilt; expertly rebacked, preserving the...

Abridgement of the History of New England, for the Use of Young Children, An.

Adams, Hannah.

Memoir, A.

Adams, Hannah. A Memoir of Miss Hannah Adams. Written by herself. With additional notices by a friend. Boston: Gray and Bowen, 1832.
8vo.; frontispiece portrait with facsimile signature; light foxing to preliminaries; reddish brown cloth; spine bumped; spine label lightly scuffed. In a...

Adams, Hannah.

History of the Jews.

Addams, Jane et al.

ARCHIVE: Emergency Peace Federation / American Conference for Democracy and Terms of Peace archive.

Women's Peace Party correspondence
With letters to Jane Addams and Lillian Wald
collected by Addams' secretary
[Addams, Jane, Lillian Wald, Emily Balch, et al]. Archive of Material Relating to the Emergency Peace Federation, and the American Conference for Democracy and Terms of Peace....

Addams, Jane)

Hull-House Block News.

(Addams, Jane) Hull-House Block News. Friday, June 16, 1939. Vol. III, no. 3. [Chicago]: [Hull-House], 1939.
4to.; blue illustrated wrappers, stapled; front wrapper illustration signed "A. Cross"; small tear at upper left margin; printed on rectos only.
First edition of this mimeographed...

Addams, Jane) Oakley, Violet.

Cathedral of Compassion: Dramatic Outline of the Life of Jane Addams 1860-1935.

[Addams, Jane] Oakley, Violet. Cathedral of Compassion: Dramatic Outline of the Life of Jane Addams 1860-1935.   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:  Privately Printed by the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, 1955.  
8vo., 104pp; beige cloth stamped in red at front cover;  some...

Cathedral of Compassion: Dramatic Outline of the Life of Jane Addams 1860-1935.

Addams, Jane.

Peace and Bread in Time of War.

Addams, Jane. Peace and Bread in Time of War. New York, 1922.
Cloth. Autographed "Jane Addams, Hull House, Chicago" on discolored front fly-leaf which was apparently removed at one time, then neatly reinserted. Slight sunning and edgewear to spine; pencilled owner's inscription; otherwise very...

Peace and Bread in Time of War.

Addams, Jane.

Long Road of Woman's Memory, The.

Addams, Jane. The Long Road of Woman's Memory. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.
8vo.; blue cloth, stamped in gilt; few light abrasions to spine; dust-jacket; lightly browned, few chips to extremities removing a few letters from spine.
First edition of Addams' examination of the...

Long Road of Woman’s Memory, The.

Addams, Jane.

To the Women Voters…

[Addams, Jane]. To the Women Voters of the United States from the Women in Political Bondage. Vote the Progressive Ticket and Make Us Free. [New York: Progressive Party, 1912].
8vo.; one leaf, folded to make 4 pages; printed on all sides; lightly used, small closed tear to fold.
Together...

To the Women Voters…

Addams, Jane.

Twenty Years at Hull-House.

Addams, Jane. Twenty Years at Hull House with Autobiographical Notes. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910.
Thick 8vo.; printed on laid paper; internally fine; dark brown paper-covered boards; extremities worn; parchment spine; mildly darkened and lightly foxed; t.e.g.
Limited and...

Twenty Years at Hull-House.

Addams, Jane.

Twenty Years at Hull-House; with autobiographical notes.

Inscribed To Lillian Wald
Addams, Jane. Twenty Years at Hull-House. With Autobiographical Notes. With illustrations by Norah Hamilton… New York: Macmillan Company, 1910.
8vo.; brown cloth, pictorially illustrated in several colors and stamped in gilt; lightly rubbed, especially spine;...

Addams, Jane.

LETTERS: Four letters. (plus pamphlet: "Propaganda Section of the Chicago Political Equality League 1911-12 'Votes for Women.'"

Addams, Jane. Four letters signed, "Jane Addams," to various recipients. 1908-1926. As follows:
Autograph Letter Signed "Jane Addams," one page, 8.5" x 11," on Women's International League for Peace and Freedom letterhead, Chicago, May 6, 1926, to Mrs. Leach. Addams thanks Mrs. Leach for her...

Addams, Jane.

LETTERS: 5 Autograph letters signed, to Mrs. Lillian Silk Holt.

Addams, Jane. Five autograph letters signed, "Jane Addams," to Mrs. Lillian Silk Holt, 1916-1929.
Five leaves; 8vo.; rectos only; two letters in pencil; three in black ink; three on Hull House stationery; one on Queen's Hotel stationery; one listing the address 1430 Astor Street, Chicago;...

Adler, Renata

Toward a Radical Middle.

Inscribed To Diana Trilling
Adler, Renata. Toward a Radical Middle. Fourteen Pieces of Reporting and Criticism. New York:  Random House, 1969.
8vo.; fore-edge lightly water stained; pea-green cloth, edges sunned, spine bumped; green price-clipped dust-jacket, gently rubbed.
First edition...

Toward a Radical Middle.

Adler, Renata.

Speedboat.

Both States Of The Proof
Inscribed
Adler, Renata. Speedboat. New York: Random House, (1976).
8vo.; red wrappers.
         
(Together with)
Adler, Renata. Speedboat. New York: Random House, (1976).
8vo.; red wrappers, labeled by hand on spine and cover.  $400
Two distinct states...

Speedboat.

Adler, Renata.

Speedboat.

Inscribed To Diana Trilling
Adler, Renata. Speedboat. New York: Random House, (1976).
8vo.; black half-cloth, grey paper-covered boards, stamped in silver; dust-jacket, price-clipped.
First edition of Adler's first novel. A presentation copy, inscribed to Diana Trilling on the front...

Speedboat.

Agrippa Von Nettesheim.

Female Pre-eminence…

Female Superiority Proved
Agrippa Von Nettesheim, Henry Cornelius. Female Pre-eminence: or the Dignity and Excellency of that Sex, above the Male. An ingenious Discourse: Written originally in Latin, by Henry Cornelius Agrippa, Knight, Doctor of Physick, Doctor of both Laws, and...

Female Pre-eminence…

Aguilar, Grace.

Collected Works: Mother's Recompense (1890); Days of Bruce (1890); Woman's Friendship (1889); Women of Israel (1889); Vale of Cedars (1889); Home Scenes (1889).

The First American Edition
Of Aguilar's Collected Works
Compiled, With Commentary, By Her Mother
Aguilar, Grace. Collected Works, consisting of seven volumes: Home Scenes and Heart Studies (1889); The Vale of Cedars; Or, The Martyr (1889); Women of Israel (1889); Woman's Friendship: A Story...

Collected Works: Mother’s Recompense (1890); Days of Bruce (1890); Woman’s Friendship (1889); Women

Aguilar, Grace.

Spirit of Judaism, The.

The First Book By A Jewish Woman
To Be Published In America
Aguilar, Grace. The Spirit of Judaism. Edited by Isaac Leeser. Philadelphia: Published at No. 1 Monroe Place, 1842.
8vo.; few pages occasionally foxed; maroon cloth, elaborately stamped in blind and gilt; covers lightly rubbed; a...

Aguilar, Grace.

Vale of Cedars and Other Tales.

A Memorial Aguilar Volume,
Presented By The Synagogue Industrial School
Aguilar, Grace. The Vale of Cedars & Other Tales...With an Introduction by Walter Jerrold. Illustrated by T.H. Robinson. London, Philadelphia: J.M. Dent & Co. …, The Jewish Publication Society, 1892.
8vo.; printed...

Vale of Cedars and Other Tales.

Aguilar, Grace.

Jewish Year, The. Autograph poem signed, with engraved portrait.

Original Manuscript Poem
Aguilar, Grace.  The Jewish Year No. 1. [Shabbath Bereishith.] England, ca. 1838-47.  
8vo.; four leaves; ink manuscript; rectos only. Each leaf encased in plastic, boxed together in a specially made quarter-morocco slipcase.
Boxed together with:
Aguilar,...

Aguilar, Grace.

Women of Israel.

Aguilar, Grace. Women of Israel. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1872.
2 vols., 8vo.; front paste-downs showing stains from adhesive; light foxing on frontispieces, original tissue guard present; burnt orange morocco, decoratively stamped in blind and gilt, extremities unobtrusively bumped,...

Women of Israel.

Aguilar, Grace.

Spirit of Judaism, The.

Second American Edition:
One Of The Earliest Publications Of The Jewish Publication Society:
With A Special Message
Aguilar, Grace. The Spirit of Judaism. Edited by Isaac Leeser. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 5609 [1849].
12mo.; ex libris stamp to title page; occasional...

Aguilar, Grace.

Home Scenes.

Aguilar, Grace. Home Scenes and Heart Studies. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1853.
8vo.; dark blue pebble cloth; extremities lightly bumped and rubbed; spine faded, slightly cocked; contemporary ownership signature in pencil on the front endpaper.
          
First American edition of...

Home Scenes.

Aguilar, Grace.

Essays and Miscellanies, Choice Cullings.

Aguilar, Grace. Essays And Miscellanies, Choice Cullings. Selected by her Mother, Sarah Aguilar. Philadelphia: A. Hart, Late Carey and Hart, 1853.
8vo.; 310pp; + 2pp ads; brown blind-stamped cloth, author and title in gilt on the spine. Contemporary ink signature dated July 7th 1853 on front...

Essays and Miscellanies, Choice Cullings.

Aguilar, Grace.

Vale of Cedars.

Rare First Edition
Aguilar, Grace. The Vale of Cedars; or, The Martyr. New York/Philadelphia: Appleton, 1850.
8vo.; one leaf of ads in the front; eight pages of ads, unopened, first page numbered "32," in the rear; contemporary pencil inscription on first blank; brown cloth, elaborately...

Aguilar, Grace.

Days of Bruce

A Posthumous Aguilar Romance
Aguilar, Grace. The Days Of Bruce; A Story From Scottish History. New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1852.
2 vols., 8vo.; brown cloth, stamped in gilt. In a specially made cloth slipcase.  
First edition of this historical romance, which represents a sharp...

Aguilar, Grace.

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Albers, Anni) Baro, Gene.

Anni Albers: Brooklyn Museum Catalogue.

(Albers, Anni.) Anni Albers. By Gene Baro. With an essay by Nicholas Fox Weber. (Published for the exhibition "Anni Albers: Drawings and Prints," The Brooklyn Museum, October 1-November 11, 1977.)
8vo.; 78 black and white and color illustrations; white illustrated wrappers; lightly rubbed. In...

Albers, Anni.

On Designing.

Albers, Anni. On Designing. (New Haven, CT: The Pellango Press, 1959.)
8vo.; black and white illustrations; black and white paper-covered boards; dust-jacket printed in imitation of the cover; lightly rubbed; two minor closed tears..
Boxed together in a specially made cloth slipcase with:
...

Albers, Anni.

On Weaving.

Inscribed
Albers, Anni. On Weaving.  Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, (1965).
4to.; tan cloth, stamped in orage; dust-jacket; price-clipped; light wear to spine.
First edition of Albers's second book. A presentation copy, inscribed: For Neil/ Anni. Albers won the Decorative Arts...

On Weaving.

Alcott) Nieriker, May Alcott.

Studying Art Abroad and How to Do it Cheaply.

Alcott, her copy) Goethe and Carlyle (ed. Norton)

Correspondence Between Goethe and Carlyle.

Alcott, L.M.

Flower Fables.

Alcott, L[ouisa] M[ay]. Flower Fables. Boston: George W. Briggs, 1854.
182pp; purple cloth, elaborately stamped in blind and gilt; spine browned. Illustrated with a frontispiece and five plates. Trace of wear to head of spine which is very slightly faded. A firm, fresh and remarkably clean copy...