Sovereign Woman Versus Mere Man. A Medley of Quotations.
Haines, Jenny Day.

San Francisco: Paul Elder and Company [printed by the Tomoye Press] [1905]. First edition. With a frontispiece by Gordon Ross and decorative borders featuring bats, gargoyles, fairies, and angels on every page. Versos contain quotes about women and rectos about men. Cracking to spine but tight overall. A couple of small stains, probably ink, on wrappers, and some toning. A bit of light foxing and some toning to edges. Early ink signature of Minna Myrle Liberman on front free endpaper. A very good copy of a rare Paul Elder book. Original pictorial dark green wrappers lettered in gilt and with gilt image of Adam and Eve. 6 inches by 7.25 inches. 91 pp. (Item ID: 16684)


In the preface to Sovereign Woman Versus Mere Man, Jenny Day Haines writes that the intent of the book was “to find something in common between the sexes” (p. iii). One of the quotes, attributed to “Author ‘The Story of Eden’” under the heading “As to Love,” reads “Men are singularly unoriginal when they make love or pray. Women and the Deity have been perpetually hearing the same thing from the beginning of space” (p. 25). We could not find much information about Haines in the sources available to us, including dates, but she was also the author of The Blue Monday Book (Paul Elder and Company, 1905).

The 1927-1928 University of California register lists Minna Myrle Liberman as a 1927 graduate of UCSF with a bachelor’s degree in education. OCLC lists one physical copy of this book, though many libraries have digital or microform copies.

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