Providence: J. A. & R. A. Reid, (1890). Second edn. 4to, pp. 102. Grey cloth stamped in gilt and black (reproducing the branches of a tree, some stains and bumps, (this is a different design from the first editon which is bound in cream cloth, stamped red and green showing moored boats), edges stained yellow. Hinges loose, but connected, some foxing and staining, early inscription on end paper, binding loose), a good copy. The text and illustrations are the same as the first edition, although the book is about 3/4 of an inch smaller all the way around. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's rare first book. We have seen few copies of this indeed it was just a couple of years ago that we discovered that it existed. This is a collection of 50 black and white plates, featuring reproductions of famous works of art with description and explication from Gilman. This has garnered little critical attention. Rare. Item #54709
Feminist, author and lecturer, Gilman was born in Hartford, Conn in 1860. NAW: "Carrie Chapman Catt placed Charlotte Perkins Gilman at the head of her list of America's dozen greatest women; in her time she was certainly the leading intellectual of the woman's movement in the United States." She is best remembered for her "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Women and Economics." Much of Gilman's youth was spent in Providence, Rhode Island. In 1878, the eighteen-year-old enrolled in classes at the Rhode Island School of Design, and Gilman supported herself as an artist of trade cards. In 1884, she married the artist Charles Walter Stetson, and their only child, Katharine Beecher Stetson, was born the following year. During this time, and throughout her life, she battled depression, the most serious bout coming in the months after Katharine's birth. In 1888, Gilman separated from her husband--a rare occurrence in the late nineteenth century. The two divorced in 1894. In 1932, Gilman was diagnosed with inoperable breast cancer. An advocate of euthanasia for the terminally ill, Gilman committed suicide on August 17, 1935 by inhaling chloroform.