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History of the United States, or Republic - WILLARD, Emma - 1829. 
New-York: White, Gallaher, & White. 1829. First. Second edition, revised and corrected. Tall octavo. 424, xliv pp. Publisher's legal sheep with morocco spine label gilt. Wear at the crown and extremities, some modest foxing in the text, but a tight and sound, pleasing very good copy. Inscribed by Emma Willard: "To Mr. Alexander from his friend The Author," followed by a contemporary re-gifting inscription: "Asa G. Alexander from his affect'e Uncle, Fr. Alexander. Oct. 11th, 1831" (our research indicates Asa G. Alexander of Killingly, Connecticut was either attending or was soon to attend Yale at the time of the inscription from his uncle, i.e. he is listed in the 1832 catalog of students; further evidence indicates he later became a teacher). Also contains an attractive later bookplate and pencil ownership signature, all neat and not distracting from the author's inscription.Emma Willard was an educational reformer who opened the Troy Female Seminary in 1814 which was the first school in the United States to offer higher education to women, and which survives to this day as the Emma Willard School. The school has graduated a great number of distinguished women including Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Lily Spencer-Churchill (Duchess of Marlborough), Jane Fonda, and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. Willard also wrote several textbooks and books on history and geography, most notably this title, History of the United States, or Republic of America, (1828). She was a strong advocate of science education for women. An early work by a woman that helped pave the way for higher education for American women. According to Margaret Rossiter: "'Willard, her school, and others like it provided the essential starting point for women in science and the professions" (M.B. Ogilvie, Women in Science pp. 19-20). Reprinted over several decades, this early edition is particularly scarce, and the earliest Inscribed book by Willard we've seen. .
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