Bound Volume of the WSPU Votes for Women 1907-1908. Emmeline Pankhurst.

Bound Volume of the WSPU Votes for Women 1907-1908

First Edition

Votes for Women. London: The Reformer's Press, 1907-8. Very rare piece lavishly rebound using the original book covers with the large WSPU logo intact on the front cover, and the orginigal Vote For Women gilt title. Spine rebound in purple with gilt lettering. Original Volume representing October 1907 to September 1908. Published from 1907 until 1918, Votes for Women was funded and edited by Frederick and Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence. This husband and wife team wanted the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU) to have its own newspaper after the splinter group, The Women's Freedom League, had broken away. At the time of Votes for Women's foundation, suffrage newspapers were scarce. By 1910 printing had become weekly rather than monthly and circulation had reached 30,000 a week. The now influential editors were imprisoned in 1912. After being released they argued against the WSPU's increasingly violent methods of protest and were expelled, taking the paper with them.

The volume displayed here is bound in the colours Emmeline Pethick-Lawrence chose for WSPU. She explained her choice in a 1908 issue of the newspaper: 'Purple … stands for the royal blood that flows in the veins of every suffragette … white stands for purity in private and public life … green is the colour of hope and the emblem of spring.' The striking images, caricatures and cartoons seen here were typical of the contemporary press. Content also included campaigning articles by women and men, book reviews, obituaries, such as that for Florence Nightingale in no.128, and round-ups of local activism. All this incongruously appears alongside the more conventional activities of women's lives: advertisements for Selfridge's, property at the new Letchworth Garden City, vegetarian boarding houses and female private tutors. This volume is extraordinary both for its rarity and exceptional condition. We have been able to locate only one worldwide via an OCLC Worldcat search, in the special collections of the University College London. That one is in fair condition with heavy scratching, affixed stamps and fading to the lovely vivid colors of the cover. The one offered here is extremely bold and bright, with the white portion of the cover showing only the faintest soiling, and the purple spine and tips bright and deep. Possibly the best existing example of this very rare title.

Item #16038

Price: $4,000.00