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Mrs. F.A. (Hermione) Day (editor)
Women's Magazine]. The Hesperian. (Vol. II, No. 5)
San Francisco: Mrs. F.A. Day, 1859. First Edition. Large 8vo. (253 x 170 mm). [193]-240 pp., 8 pp. ads at end. With a two-color lithograph portrait of Isaac J. Sparks; hand-colored lithograph of a Bearded Jay. Original illustrated wrappers, the front cover being a steel engraving by the Nahl Brothers (brittle wrappers in poor condition: detached, chipped, and torn with loss). Text foxed, with waterstaining (SEE IMAGES). With stated condition problems, and priced accordingly. ONE OF THE EARLIEST VOICES FOR WOMEN IN THE WEST. Published by women, for women, this tattered issue is from the first successful women's magazines to appear west of the Rockies, literary or otherwise, preceded only by The Contra Costa which ran for only one year. The Hesperian was edited and published almost single-handedly by Hermione Day from cramped rooms; the magazine ran from 1858 to 1862 and featured not only material of traditional interest to women (home, children, fashion and food) but an unusually broad range fiction, poetry, natural history, the Indians and pioneers of California, and much more. Day wrote numerous articles herself. In addition to running a serious monthly magazine, she kept her own fashion shop, and she ran a household, an impressive feat for a career woman, even by today's standards. In 1863, the name of The Hesperian was changed to the Pacific Monthly and was run by the fiery Lisle Lester. When The Hesperian first appeared, "Women's rights advocates existed, but had few means of spreading the word on job inequality besides letters to the editor. In 1858 they got their voi … [Click Below for Full Description]
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