First Edition[HOWE, Julia Ward]. RICHARDS, Laura E. and HOWE ELIOTT, Maude. "Julia Ward Howe: 1819-1910." Boston and New York, 1915. First Edition in 2 Volumes. Octavo, original brown cloth with gilt spine and titles, covered by original white paper cloth. One of only 450 copies printed. 23 illustrations, with rare original dust jacket. The first volume, includes tipped-in manuscript in Howe's hand about the democratic quality of morality.
A women's suffrage leader and abolitionist, Howe is best known for penning "The Battle Hymn of the Republic." This biography authored by her two daughters compiles for the first time a large portion of her unpublished work. Includes a tipped-in manuscript in Vol. 1 in Howe's hand, in which she writes 10 lines about the democratic quality of morality, applicable to all walks of life. In part, "The reason that morals are democratic is this; that they are equalizing. Teaching to every human soul an identity of interest and of obligation...." With handwritten redactions and additions that reveal Howe's drafting process, leading to her stellar final prose. This volume is in good to moderate condition externally. The poor quality of the original compacted paper boards and overlayed leather spine title have led to frays and bumps along the bottom of the book, and a large crack down the front cover, which despite this is still strong and holding. This book is well-loved, with an original newspaper clipping of Howe with her daughter, granddaughter, and great-granddaughter lovingly affixed to the inside cover, an original ownership inscription noting this book was received "Christmas 1915" and a 1923 newspaper clipping showing a society photograph of a young couple on their wedding day, almost certainly the owner. both Volume Inside, the text block is very clean, and clearly an important treatise for a young woman at the turn of the age of suffrage. BAL 9530.