Boston: Arena Publishing Company, 1895. Frontis portrait, 387p, portrait of D.C. Bloomer, publisher's ads. 20cm. First edition. Green cloth with titling in gilt. Amelia Bloomer (1818-1894) edited the first newspaper for women, The Lilly, which was published from 1849-1853 and focused primarily on temperance. Elizabeth Cady Stanton wrote pieces for the newspaper under the pseudonym, "sunflower," and although the early pieces were about temperance, later pieces were about women's rights. Bloomer was greatly influenced by Stanton and later introduced her to Susan B. Anthony. Bloomer was an advocate of dress reform. Although she denied it, her name is synonymous with "bloomers" -- a knee-length dress and pants. An important an early advocate of women's rights, her fist biography written by her husband, Dexter Bloomer, in fine condition.
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