Mar 27, 2014 - Sale 2342

Sale 2342 - Lot 98

Price Realized: $ 15,000
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 6,000 - $ 8,000
(SLAVERY AND ABOLITION--WOMEN.) COOPER, ANNA JULIA. A voice from the South by a Black Women of the South. Portrait frontispiece with tissue guard. 304 pages. 8vo, original two-toned red and tan cloth with title in gilt on the upper cover and spine; a very handsome copy. loosely laid in, is a pencil note in cooper's hand, presenting the book to an officer of the 29th ohio volunteers. additionally inscribed on the title-page. Np, 1892

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first edition, presentation copy of a rare book, with a fine association. Anna Julia Cooper (1858-1964), author, feminist, educator and activist was born into slavery and yet lived long enough to see the Civil Rights Act come into existence in 1964. Cooper said of her book that she felt the need to give the black woman of the South a voice. 'In the clash and clatter of our American Conflict, it has been said that the South remains Silent. Like the Sphinx she inspires vociferous disputation. . [but] One muffled strain in the Silent South, a jarring chord and a vague and uncomprehended (sic) cadenza has been and still is the Negro. And of that muffled chord, the one mute and voiceless note has been the sadly expectant Black Woman.' Cooper, only the fourth African American women to receive a PhD (Sorbonne, 1925), spent most of her life teaching and advocating for women, their education and their place in society. The note presenting this book reads: 'To Captain Wilbur F. Chamberlain, compliments of Anna J. Cooper, instructor of languages at Lincoln Institute.' She adds on the title-page 'Compliments of the Author.'