New York: J. B. Ford and Company, 1873. First edition. Hardcover. Large Quarto. 400pp. Rebacked retaining the original spine laid down and brown leather with black-stamped ornamentation and gilt ruling and lettering on cover, gilt-stamped vignettes and lettering on spine; five raised bands and gilt beveled edges; gilt edges. Decorative endpapers. Color frontispiece. Title page printed in red and black, publisher's device, decorative initials in title and red and black ruling. Decorative initials and endpieces, decorative title pages for each chapter and book with red ruling of text pages throughout.
Series of biographical sketches to illuminate the history of "Womanhood under Divine Culture, tending toward the development of that high ideal of woman which we find in modern Christian countries. All the characters comprised in these sketches belong to one nationality. They are of that mysterious and ancient race whose records begin with the dawn of history; who, for centuries, have been sifted like seed through all the nations of the earth, without losing either their national spirit or their wonderful physical and mental vigor." (Author). Illustrated with 25 pasted down full page chromolithographs after paintings by Raphael, Batoni, Horace Vernet, Goodall and others; with printed tissue guards. Binding with light wear to edges and light scuffing of cover. Names of three previous owners on front freed endpaper with dates reaching back to 1874. Printed tissue guard of frontispiece creased diagonally across page with small closed tear at top and chipping and tear at lower left corner. Library stamps to dedication and last page. Minor sporadic foxing to tissue guards. Light age toning of block. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #43122