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

Abolition] American Sunday-School Union.

African Woman, The.

An Early Anti-Racist, Anti-Sexist Lesson
 
[Abolition]. American Sunday-School Union. The African Woman. No. 146 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia: American Sunday-School Union, n.d.
 
Miniature; 2 1/4" w x 3 1/2" h; 3 leaves, folded vertically to make 8 pages of text, plus covers; string-tied;...

Abolition] Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society.

Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery; with a Concise Statement of Events, Previous and Subsequent to the Annual Meeting of 1835.

[Abolition]. Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society. Right and Wrong in Boston: Report of the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society; With a Concise Statement of Events, Previous and Subsequent to the Annual Meeting of 1835. Boston: Published by the Society, 1836.
 
Small, delicate 8vo; ownership...

Abolition] Heyrick, Elizabeth Coltman.

Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition.

[Abolition]. Heyrick, Elizabeth Coltman. Immediate, Not Gradual Abolition; or, An Inquiry into the Shortest, Safest, and Most Effective Means of Getting Rid of West Indian Slavery. London: Sold by Hatchard and Son . . ., 1824.
 
8vo.; wrappers, disbound and later stapled; lightly worn.
 
First...

Abolition] Mossell.

Work of the Afro-American Woman, The.

The Chief Significance Of This Work Is That It Preserves
For All Time A Chapter Of Humanity
 
[Abolition] Mossell, Mrs. N.F. The Work of the Afro-American Woman. Philadelphia: Geo. S. Ferguson Company, 1894.
 
12 mo.; frontispiece photographic portrait of Afro-American woman with two...

Abolition] Noyes, John Humphrey.

Slavery and Marriage: A Dialogue.

Marriage As Slavery–A Polemical Tract Attributed To The Founder Of The "Free Love" Movement
 
[Abolition]. Noyes, John Humphrey. Slavery and Marriage: A Dialogue. [New York: Oneida Community], 1850.
 
12mo; 4 leaves folded vertically to make 8 leaves, string-tied; unopened; all sides...

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, 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, The.

European Jews Informed Of Life In America
 
Adams, Hannah. A History of the Jews. From the Destruction of Jerusalem to the 19th-century (Volumes I and II). Boston: John Eliot, 1812.
 
2 vols., 12mo.; foxing throughout; all edges stained blue; Vol. II bottom edge damp-stained; both volumes...

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, et al.

Overthrow of the War System, The.

A Stellar Anti-War Compilation
 
(Addams, Jane, contributor.) Mead, Lucia Ames, ed. The Overthrow of the War System. Boston: Massachusetts Branch of The Woman's Peace Party, [1916].
 
8vo.; interior fresh and bright; eight appendices bound-in at rear; ruby red cloth, stamped in gilt; a fine...

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. COMPARE WITH JACKETED COPY, DISCARD ONE.

Addams, Jane. The Long Road of Woman’s Memory. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1916.
 
8vo.; contemporary pencil inscription on the front endpaper; blue cloth stamped in gilt.
 
First edition of Addams’ examination of the workings of memory in the old and young alike, derived from...

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: 5 ALS.

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;...

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...

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...

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...

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) Isaacs, A.S.

Young Champion, The.

[Aguilar, Grace] Isaacs, A.S. The Young Champion. One Year in Grace Aguilar's Girlhood. Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society of America, 1913.
 
8vo.; blue-grey cloth stamped in red, white and blind; light wear.
 
First edition of an early Aguilar biography, fictionalizing a year in...

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.

Vale of Cedars.

 

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, 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.

Home Influence.

"Sentiment Is The Vehicle Of Thought, And Thought The Origin Of Action"
 
Aguilar, Grace. Home Influence. A tale for mothers and daughters. New York: Appleton, 1898.
 
8vo.; contemporary ownership signature on front endpaper, inscription on first blank; two-page frontispiece, tissue guard;...

Home Influence.

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.

Home Influence.

Aguilar, Grace.

Women of Israel, The.

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.