New York: Putnam's, 1914. First edition. The publisher’s preface notes that the present work was published posthumously from a manuscript found in the author’s papers. Title-page in red and black. Faint soiling to cloth in a couple places. Top edge gilt. Contemporary ink gift signature to front flyleaf: “Merry Christmas / to Louisa / from Beulah.” A bright, near-fine copy of a book on women’s employment opportunities. In a Margaret Armstrong binding of lavender straight-grained cloth, titled in gilt, with gilt design of a woman sitting by a window. Octavo. 57 pp. Item #17171
Myrtle Reed (1874 – 1911) was an author and journalist who published seventeen novels, plus a series of cookbooks under the pseudonym Olive Green, short stories, poems, and an autobiography. After high school, Reed became a freelance journalist and writer for magazines. Her poetry, stories, and sketches appeared in the magazines Bookman, Munsey’s, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, The Critic, and others. Reed’s most popular novels were Lavender and Old Lace (1902) and A Weaver of Dreams (1911), both of which were adapted into films. Reed was the daughter of Elizabeth Armstrong Reed (1842 – 1915), an important scholar and author whose university textbooks on South and Southwest Asian history and culture were the only works by a woman accepted by the Philosophical Society of Great Britain. Elizabeth Reed was also the chairman of the Woman’s Congress of Philology and served as the president of the Illinois Women’s Press Association from 1894 to 1896.