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Sorosis [Membership List] 1923Ð1924


New York: [The Club], 1924. . 12mo, pale wine colored stiff wrappers; front cover printed and faded with dampstain on lower inner corner. Sorosis was the first professional women's club in the United States. The club was organized in New York City with 12 members in March 1868, by Jane Cunningham Croly. Croly had long wanted to open opportunities for women and for women to play a greater role in molding American society. The specific event sparking the creation of Sorosis occurred in April 1868 when the New York Press Club decided to bar women from its dinner honoring Charles Dickens on his American tour. Although the Press Club agreed at the last minute to open their doors to women if enough expressed a desire to attend the Dickens's soiree, it was too little too late to satisfy Croly and her friends. (Years later, the Press Club formally apologized to Sorosis.) Among its founding members were Josephine Pollard, a children's author, and Fanny Fern Parton, a popular columnist who had also been angered by the New York Press Club's actions. Sorosis was incorporated in January 1869. Alice Cary was the first president. Within one year, Sorosis had 83 members. The organizational meeting at Delmonico's restaurant in New York was itself a challenge to socially acceptable behavior since it was not deemed proper for women to be seen in public places without a male escort. Sorosis is a botanical term used to describe aggregated fruit, Mrs. Croly foundit in a botanical dictionary The general supposition is that Sorosis comes from the Greek word meaning sister. But it has a much more significant and broader meaning than that. It is the botanical name of a class known as aggregated fruits, of which the raspberry is an example- a collection of flowers, which mature into fruits, all joined together in one wholesome body. The club's object was to further the educational and social activities of women, and to bring together for mutual helpfulness, representative women in art, literature, science, and kindred pursuits.


Women and Other Enigma. Being certain meditations of my friend the cynic.

By [HUMOR. Maynard Laurens

Boston: The Gorham Press, [1912]. . Small 4to, tan boards, somewhat soiled; title lettering in red on front cover, together with a photographic label Microfilm only record in OCLC.


Julia Magaret Cameron: Pioneer of Photography

By [CAMERON] Gernsheim Helmut

London: The Fountain Press, 1948. . 4to, cream cloth; dust jacket with abrasions at head and tail


The Blue Book of Nebraska Women

By REEVES Winona Evans

Mexico, Mo.: Missouri Printing and Publishing Company, 1916. . 12mo, blue cloth, title in white on front cover and spine; bookplate of Sarah Sanborne Weaver on the front pastedown. 13 holdings in OCLC 8 of them in Nebraska. The previous owner whosebook plate is on the front pastedown was the author of "The White Buck--- A Border Legend" a Texas border novel and a 1929 graduate of Bryn Mawr .. The author wrote a similar work on the Women of Iowa


Past Forgiveness?

By MAJENDIE Lady Margaret

New York: P. F. Collier, 1890. . 12mo, printed tan wrappers, printed in blue and black Vol. I, No. 8 of the "Railway Library" series, "Issued Semi-Monthly". Originally published in London (in two volumes) by Bentley in 1889. We have only located one copy of another edition, also published by Collier in the "Once a Week Library" (Vol. I, no. 19),1890 There are [2] pp. of advertisements at the beginning of the volume, and [8] at the end, all addressed to the female market. The authoress was born Margaret Elizabeth Lindsay, daughter of Alexander William Crawford Lindsay, 25th Earl of Crawford and Balcarres in 1850. She married Lewis Ashhurst Majendie (of Hedingham Castle, Essex--a lawyer and Member of Parliament who died in 1885). She died in January 1912


National Park Seminary "The Glen School" (Incorporated) for Young Woman, Washington, D. C. Suburbs


Forest Glen, Maryland: [The School; Munder-Thomsen Press], 1908. . 8vo, white cloth, front pictorial, printed in black, gold and green. No copy of this date located; OCLC has three holdings for an edition dated 1909 and two holdings for a 1904 printing; none of them in Maryland. Beautifully printed by Munder-Thomsen Press in Baltimore with some printing in red. Definitely an "up-market production"


The Earth and Its Rhythms

By [WOMEN IN SCIENCE ]. Schuchert, Charles and Clara M[ae] LeVene

New York and London: D. Appleton and Company, 1927. . 8vo, full maroon cloth, front gilt with vignette of lake in foreground with mountains in the rear; very bright copy with slight wear to the foot of the spine INSCRIBED BY BOTH AUTHORS on the front free endpaper to Eliza Brush Prisson, the widow of the great Yale geologist Louis Valentine Prisson. LeVene collaborated with Schuchert on several scientific works. The present book's "drawings of geologic features and of ancient forms of life are the work of Miss M. Alice Hubbard, Mrs. Louise Nash and Miss Lisbeth B. Kraus...." A interesting joint effort by four women with scientific training at a time when this field was dominated by men.