Chicago: Jansen, McClurg & Company, 1880. Second edition, published the same year as the first. Some rubbing to head and tail of spine and some faint soiling to cloth. Some marginal toning. A very good copy. Publisher’s brown cloth titled in gilt. Dark brown endpapers. Octavo. 363, [5, ads] pp. Item #17284
Jane Grey Swisshelm (1815-1884) was a Pittsburgh-born reformer and editor At fourteen, she took charge of the only school in the village of Wilkinsburg in Pennsylvania and became involved in the anti-slavery movement. Six years later, she married a young farmer and moved with him to Louisville, Kentucky, where he attempted unsuccessfully to establish a business and she earned what she could as a seamstress. Returning to Pennsylvania, she took charge of a seminary at Butler in 1840 and began to write articles in defense of the rights of married women. In 1847, she used a legacy from her mother to establish the Pittsburgh Saturday Visiter, a political and literary journal advocating women’s suffrage, abolitionism, and temperance. In 1857, she sold her paper, divorced her husband, and took up residence in Minnesota, where she founded the St. Cloud Visiter and later the St. Cloud Democrat. In 1863, she moved to Washington, D.C., where she became a close friend of Mary Lincoln and eventually founded the Reconstructionist. She was always an individualist, preferring to “forge her own thunderbolts. Her firm convictions, her powers of sarcasm, her stinging yet often humorous invective, and her homely, vigorous style, made her a trenchant journalist” (DAB).