Boston: Geo. M. Smith & Co., 1889. First edition. Steel engraved frontisportrait of Frances Willard with a facsimile presentation beneath; five photogravure plates; seven reproductions of photographs and aquarelles; two chromolithographic plates, one double-page; folding facsimile letter on blue paper; numerous illustrations. Binding extremities lightly rubbed and worn. Front hinge has been crudely repaired. Minor stains and soiling to front and rear endpapers. Occasional minor stain, at times touching text. Light creasing to pp. 417-424. A good copy. Olive green cloth stamped decoratively in silver, black, and gilt with a gilt-labeled, illustrated spine. Octavo. xvi, , 698, + 6 (appendix) pp. Item #16284
Frances E. Willard (1839-1898) was a New York-born temperance activist and suffrage leader. She became President of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. With Mary A. Livermore, she wrote the influential Woman of the Century (1893). According to Hannah Whitall Smith's introduction, "How this story came to be told is as follows: As President for nearly ten years of the...National Woman's Christian Temperance Union...Frances E. Willard has won a love and loyalty that no other woman...has ever before possessed. It was natural that the many members of this widespread organization...should desire to read the story of her life, and for some time she has been besieged with requests to write her own biography" (p.vi).