Xenia, OH: The Aldine Printing House, 1892. First edition. Hardcover. Small octavo. (iii)  10-304pp. Burgundy and light brown buckram boards with gilt lettering on the front cover and spine. Top edge gilt. Decorative endpapers. Photographic frontispiece portrait of the author with a facsimile signature and protective tissue guard.
Written during her years serving as a teacher and principal at M Street High School in Washington, D.C, this historically significant work by Anna Julia Cooper, the author's first book, is considered to be among the earliest works of black feminism. Drawing on her own personal experiences and background, this important work touches on a number of topics including insightful observations on gender, race and class, as well as socioeconomic issues. Throughout her writings Cooper maintains the notion of the specific importance and value of the perspective of women of color.
Binding with some light rubbing to the extremities, including the head and tail of the spine. Binding in very good+, interior in near fine condition overall. Binding protected with modern mylar. Quite scarce. vg+ to near fine. Item #44170
Anna Julia Haywood Cooper (1858 – 1964) was a pioneering African-American feminist educator, scholar, author and activist. Born in Raleigh, North Carolina, as a slave to prominent landowner George Washington Haywood, she went on to excel academically, received a higher education and ultimately earn a PhD in history from the University of Paris-Sorbonne in 1924, at the age of 65. In doing so, she became the fourth African-American woman in history to receive a doctorate. She died in in Washington, D.C. in 1964, at the age of 105.
* The statement "Copyright 1892 by Anna Julia Cooper" is on the verso of the title page.