Gems of Art for the Home and Fireside

Mrs. Charles Walter Stetson (Charlotte Perkins Gilman)

Published by J.A. & R.A. Reid
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Very large hardcover book in green cloth library binding, in good condition. J.A. & R.A. Reid , 1888. First edition, original printing of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's first book. Discarded library copy with thick cloth library binding with gilt titles on the spines. Inside, 'Discarded' stamp on the inside front cover. Library markings in pencil on the title page. Sown binding. Foxing to the edges of the text block. Several pages are reinforced and there are a few pages that have half-inch tears in the gutter. Huge black and white plates with unmarked text. 102 pp. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Gems of Art for the Home and Fireside
Publisher: J.A. & R.A. Reid
Book Condition: Very Good

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Gilman, Charlotte Perkins (Mrs. Charles Walter Stetson)
Published by J.A. & R.A Reid, Providence, RI (1888)
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Brainerd Phillipson Rare Books
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Book Description J.A. & R.A Reid, Providence, RI, 1888. An attractively bound folio edition of this uncommon book by the author of "The Yellow Wallpaper." In finely woven ivory cloth boards stamped in red and blue with artwork of sailing ships on the front cover and a classic woman's head on the rear boards. Uniform soiling and light foxing with some occasional staining to the boards. The spine is chipped and frayed at the top and bottom of the spine ends; the corners are worn. The red lettering "Art Gems" (underscored in red) on the spine is dulled but readable. With some clean, vertical tears along the front gutter, the bottom 5" of which has been reglued. The front and rear hinges are tight, and the white endpapers are very clean. There is a closed 4" tear at the bottom of the title page, not affecting text, which has been archivally taped on the verso. With 50 full-page black & white plates, several double folding plates of Artistic Gems selected, described, and critiqued by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. All the plates are present and in very good condition, with a few small closed marginal tears. Some of the more striking plates include: Hero & Leander, King Lear & the Fool, Psyche at the Feet of Venus, The Lord’s Supper, and Pilate. Fascinating art selections with very interesting commentary by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. A scarce copy of Ms. Gilman’s first work. Charlotte Perkins Gilman (alsoCharlotte Perkins Stetson) (1860 – 1935), was a prominent American feminist, sociologist, novelist, writer of short stories, poetry, and non-fiction, and a lecturer for social reform. She was a utopian feminist and served as a role model for future generations of feminists because of her unorthodox concepts and lifestyle. Gilman's first book was Art Gems for the Home and Fireside (1888); however, it was her first volume of poetry, In This Our World (1893), a collection of satirical poems, that first brought her recognition. During the next two decades she gained much of her fame with lectures on women's issues, ethics, labor, human rights, and social reform. She often referred to these themes in her fiction. Her best remembered work today is her semi-autobiographical short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" which she wrote after a severe bout of postpartum psychosis. Although it was not the first or longest of her works, it is without question Gilman's most famous piece."The Yellow Wallpaper" became a best-seller of the Feminist Press.The story is about a woman who suffers from mental illness after three months of being closeted in a room by her husband for the sake of her health. She becomes obsessed with the room's revolting yellow wallpaper. Gilman wrote this story to change people's minds about the role of women in society, illustrating how women's lack of autonomy is detrimental to their mental, emotional, and even physical well-being. This story was inspired by her treatment from her first husband. The narrator in the story must do as her husband, who is also her doctor, demands, although the treatment he prescribes contrasts directly with what she truly needs — mental stimulation and the freedom to escape the monotony of the room to which she is confined. "The Yellow Wallpaper" was essentially a response to the doctor who had tried to cure her of her depression through a "rest cure", Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, and she sent him a copy of the story. Ann J. Lane writes in Herland and Beyond that "Gilman offered perspectives on major issues of gender with which we still grapple: the origins of women's subjugation, the struggle to achieve both autonomy and intimacy in human relationships; the central role of work as a definition of self; new strategies for rearing and educating future generations to create a humane and nurturing environment." (Wikipedia) First Edition with the date of 1888 on the copyright page and no subsequent printings listed. And with No. 24 Custom House Street on the title page. Seller Inventory # 575

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