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Willard, Frances
A Wheel Within a Wheel: How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle
New York & Chicago: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1895. First edition. Original green publisher's cloth binding with silver and gilt to spine and front board. Extremely neat contemporary ownership signature of Hepsie A. Adams to front endpaper. Internally clean, complete, and tight. The slightest wear to extremities, mostly at the crown of spine. Released in the same year through the Woman's Temperance Publication Association, scholars note no priority between the two, which appear to have been bound from the same sheets with only the title page distinguishing them. Revell Company had a reputation for partnering with women's clubs and activist groups to ensure wider distribution of political works. This autobiographical work by leading American women's activist Frances Willard has appeared only twice at auction, with the most recent over 30 years ago in 1987. "Frances Willard, leader of the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU), was a complex and energetic figure in American feminism and social reform...Although Willard proclaimed the virtues of traditional domesticity for women, she was not bound by those conventional ideas in her own life" (GMU). After an unhappy engagement early in her life, Willard refused to marry any man, instead living long term with her partner Anna Gordon and working for women's rights. Her brief autobiographical narrative A Wheel Within a Wheel focuses on Willard's discovery of the bicycle in her late fifties, and the sense of freedom she gained from it. Since its invention, the bicycle had been a controversial mode of transportation for women, b … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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