Joan of Arc. A Biography. Translated from the French...
Grimke, Sarah M[oore], [translator]

Boston: Published by Adams & Co., 1867. First edition of Sarah Grimké’s translation and abridgement of Alphonse de Lamartine’s Jeanne d’Arc (1852). Presentation copy, inscribed by the author. With a mounted sepia frontispiece of Joan of Arc and a full-page map of northern France on page 100. Some chipping to head and tail of spine and some light rubbing to extremities. Some rippling to cloth on lower board. All edges red. Reddish-brown endpapers. Some very light intermittent foxing and faint toning, but overall a very good, clean copy inscribed “with love” by Sarah Grimké to Hepzibah (?) Newhall. Publisher’s dark brown cloth titled in gilt. Octavo. 108 pp. (Item ID: 16721)


Sarah Moore Grimké (1792 – 1873) was an abolitionist and one of the earliest and most important suffragists. Grimké and her siblings, including her younger sister Angelina (1805 – 1879), grew up on a plantation in South Carolina; Grimké devoted her adult life to abolitionism in part due to the injustice and violence of slavery that she had witnessed firsthand. Grimké also delivered lectures on abolitionism and women’s suffrage to mixed-gender audiences all over the country and frequently published letters and articles in periodicals like The Liberator. Both Angelina and Sarah Grimké were inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1998 and are described on the NWHF website as setting “the agenda later followed by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, Lucretia Mott and others, calling for equal educational opportunities and the vote.”

In the preface to the present book, Grimké writes that Joan of Arc “seems to have been a being by herself, — a woman in all gentleness, tender yearnings, and fortitude sublime; a man in intellect, heroic daring, and loftiest aspiration; a warrior attending the highest military honors, and wearing them with utmost humility,” (p. 4).

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