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Anthony, Susan B) Stanton, Elizabeth Cady.

To Susan B. Anthony on her Eightieth Birthday.

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Stanton and Anthony
At The End Of The Road
[Stanton]. Blatch, Harriot Stanton. Greetings. Introduction of Susan B. Anthony at the Lafayette Opera House, Washington D.C., February 15, 1900.    
16mo.; single leaf; 3 5/8 x 6 ½"; recto only. In a specially made quarter-morocco slipcase.
Boxed together with:
[Anthony, Susan B.] Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. To Susan B. Anthony on her Eightieth Birthday. February 15, 1900.
16mo.; single leaf; folded to make four pages, all sides printed. In a specially made quarter-morocco slipcase.
Boxed together with:
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. Eighty Years and More: A Prospectus. [With a prospectus for The Woman's Bible, integral.] Being the reminiscences of Elizabeth Cady Stanton. (1815-1897.) New York: European Publishing Company, n.d. [1898].
8vo.; folded leaf, all sides printed; with single leaf inserted yielding two additional pages, the prospectus for The Woman's Bible. In a specially made quarter-morocco slipcase.
Boxed together with:
Stanton, Elizabeth Cady. Eighty Years and More (1815-1897) Reminiscences.  New York: European Publishing Company, 1898.
8vo.; frontispiece of Stanton and ten additional portrait throughout; black cloth, spine stamped in gilt. In a specially made quarter-morocco slipcase.
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An archive illuminating the most moving and dynamic relationship behind the drive for woman suffrage. Included are Stanton's greetings to Anthony, and a dedicatory poem composed for her, both in honor of her eightieth birthday; and a prospectus and first edition of Stanton's memoir of the suffrage movement, dedicated to Anthony, "my steadfast friend for half a century."
The first small broadside prints to Anthony from Stanton, as delivered by Blatch at the Lafayette Opera House in Washington, D.C. on February 15, 1900, for Anthony's 80th birthday celebration. She writes, in part:
Your lives have proved not only that women can work strenuously together without jealousy; but that they can be friends in times of sunshine, and peace, and stress, and storm. No mere fair-weather friends have you been to each other….disagreement only quickened loyalty. Supplementing each other, companionship drew out the best in each. You have both been urged to untiring efforts through the sympathy, the help of the other. You have attained the highest achievement in demonstrating a lofty, an ideal friendship. This friendship of you two women is the benediction for our century.
The second item is Stanton's birthday poem composed for Anthony, printed as a card. The cover reads, "Elizabeth Cady Stanton to her life-long friend and co-worker Susan B. Anthony on her eightieth birthday. February 15, 1900." The following three pages contain the three stanza poem, addressing their meeting, their work and friendship together, and their plans to enjoy their final years. The second stanza, which focuses on their struggle for suffrage, merits quoting in full:
We met and loved, ne'er more to part,
Hand clasped in hand, heart bound to heart.
We've traveled West, years together,
Day and night, in stormy weather:
Climbing the rugged Suffrage hill,
And bravely facing every ill:
While resting, speaking, everywhere;
Quite often in the open air;
From sleighs, ox-carts, and mayhap coaches,
Besieged with beetles, bugs and roaches;
All this for the emancipation
Of the brave women of our Nation.
A prospectus for Stanton's memoir, Eighty Years and More, heralds, "This new work by our distinguished countrywoman is a 12mo of 475 pp., complete in one volume, clothbound, with eleven portraits. Price $2.00." It prints the Stanton's dedication to Anthony, "my steadfast friend for half a century"; the table of contents; preface; selection from the index of names of "leading women, statesmen, authors, and reformers of the last sixty years" who are anecdotalized in the volume; and Press Comments. Stanton has annotated this copy at the top, Read & Circulate.
Finally, a first edition of that work is inscribed by her on the front endpaper, at the close of a banner year: Woman Suffrage Bazaar, Madison Square Garden, December 3rd 1900. Compliments of Elizabeth Cady Stanton.
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