Jul 15, 2021 - Sale 2576

Sale 2576 - Lot 60

Price Realized: $ 780
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins [aka Stetson] (1860-1935)
The Yellow Wall-Paper.

New England Magazine, Boston: New England Magazine Corp., September 1891-February 1892.

The first appearance of the story in print, occupying pages 647-656, with three illustrations by Joseph Henry Hatfield (1863-1928), bound in later boards, awkwardly attached at the inner joints (preliminaries glued tightly to inside of front board), other defects to contents include spotting, marginal tears to inner gutters of the story; waterstained at the end, some tears to other parts of the book, 9 1/4 x 6 1/4 in.

The autobiographical Yellow Wallpaper is part of the feminist canon. It appears in countless textbooks and is the Feminist Press's bestseller. Gilman had suffered through Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell's (1829-1914) unsuccessful "rest cure" for her depression at her husband's behest. Scholarship by Julie Bates Dock on the work has shown that later reprints contain textual changes when compared to this first edition.

"In its twenty-five-year odyssey of rediscovery by literary critics, [...] the story has picked up along the way an assortment of blemishes and distortions, from textual anomalies to skewed accounts of its publication history to misinformation about its contemporary reception." (cf. Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and the History of its Publication and Reception: a Critical Edition and Documentary Casebook, published in the Penn State series in the History of the Book, Penn State Press, 1998.)