Pre-1800

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Lot 1
Isabella I, Queen of Spain (1451-1504)
Document Signed, Yo la Reyna, Granada, Spain 8 May 1501.

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Lot 2
Women's Health. Antonio Guainerio (d. 1440)
Opus Preclarum ad Praxim Non Mediocriter Necessarium.

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Lot 3
Porzio, Simone (1496-1554)
De Puella Germanica, quae Fere Biennium Vixerat sine Cibo, Potuque.

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Lot 4
d'Aragona, Maria (1503-1568) & Girolamo Ruscelli (1518-1566)
Lettura di Girolamo Ruscelli, sopra un Sonetto dell'illustriss Signor Marchese della Terza alla Divina Signora Marchesa del Vasto.

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Lot 5
Vico, Enea (1523-1567); trans. Natale Conti (1520-1582)
Augustarum Imagines Aereis Formis Expressae; Vitae quoque earundem breviter enarratae.

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Thomagni, Giovanni David (16th century)
Dell'Eccellentia de l'Huomo sopra quella de la Donna Libri Tre.

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Garzoni, Tommaso (1549-1589)
L'Hospidale de' Pazzi Incurabili Nuovamente Formato & Posto in Luce.

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Lot 8
Saint Cecilia (circa 200-235 CE)
Engraved Portrait Scene, Fiat Cor Meum.

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Lot 9
Massinoni, Giovanni Antonio (fl. 1590)
Il Flagello delle Meretrici, et la Nobiltà Donnesca.

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Lot 10
Heywood, Thomas (d. 1641)
Gynaikeion: or, Nine Bookes of Various History Concerninge Women.

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Lot 11
Heywood, Thomas (d. 1641)
Gynaikeion: or, Nine Bookes of Various History Concerninge Women.

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Lot 12
Sagramoso, Michele (fl. circa 1627)
Elisa Favola Maritima.

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Lot 13
Fabry, Wilhelm (1560-1634) & Marie Colinet (circa 1560-1640)
Lithotomia Vesicae.

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Lot 14
Pona, Francesco (1594-1655)
La Lucerna di Eureta Misoscolo Academico Filarmonico.

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Lot 15
Monastic Initiation Ritual, Benedictine Nuns.
Ordo Admittendi Virgines ad Monasterii Ingressum.

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Lot 16
Le Moyne, Pierre (1602-1671)
The Gallery of Heroick Women.

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Lot 17
Philips, Katherine (1631-1664)
Poems by the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, the Matchless Orinda.

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Lot 18
Matrimonial Manuscript on Paper.
D.O.M. Tractatus ad Rubricam Digest. Soluto Matrimonio, ab Excellentissimo Doctore Francisco Bonvicino Inditus.

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Lot 19
Gómez de la Parra, José (late 17th century)
Vida de la Venerable Madre Antonia de San Jacinto: Monja Professa de Velo Negro.

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Lot 20
Vokins, Joan (d. 1690)
God's Mighty Power Magnified: as Manifested and Revealed in his Faithful Handmaid Joan Vokins.

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Lot 21
de La Roche-Guilhem, Anne (1644-1707 or 1710)
History of Female Favorites, Two Copies in French & German.

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Lot 22
Eustache Le Noble (1643-1711)
Les Amours d'Anne d'Autriche, Epouse de Louis 13, avec le Cardinal Richelieu, le Veritable Pere de Louis 14, Aujourd'huy Roy de France.

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Lot 23
Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695)
Fama, y Obras Posthumas del Fenix de Mexico, Decima Musa, Poetisa Americana.

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Lot 24
Women, Literature, England, 18th Century, Seven Volumes.

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Lot 25
Challe, Robert (1659-1721)
Les Illustres Françoises Histoires Veritables.

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Lot 26
Women's Health. Giovanni Antonio Terenzoni (1663-1746)
De Morbis Uteri.

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Lot 27
Huber, Marie (1695-1753)
The World Unmask'd: or, the Philosopher the Greatest Cheat.

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Lot 28
Valier, Agostino (1531-1606)
Della Istruzione delle Donne Maritate.

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Lot 29
Women, Great Britain, 18th Century, Two Titles.

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Lot 30
Raffald, Elizabeth (1733-1781)
The Experienced English House-keeper.

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Lot 31
Seward, Anna (1742-1809)
Monody on Major Andrè.

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Lot 32
Sacchini, Antonio (1730-1786)
Renaud Tragedie Lyrique.

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Lot 33
Califronia, Rosa, pseud. (fl. circa 1794)
Breve Difesa dei Diritti delle Donne Scritta da Rosa California Contessa Romana.

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Lot 34
Stanhope, Eugenia (d. 1783)
The Deportment of a Married Life.

19th Century

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Lot 35
Moïse, Penina (1797-1880)
Fancy's Sketch Book.

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Lot 36
The Lady's Magazine.

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Lot 37
Sand, George (1804-1876)
Pauline, Signed & Inscribed Copy.

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Lot 38
D'Héricourt, Jenny (1809-1875)
A Woman's Philosophy of Woman; or Woman Affranchised. An Answer to Michelet, Proudhon, Girardi, Legouvé, Comte, and Other Modern Innovators.

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Lot 39
Cooper, Susan Fenimore (1813-1894)
Autograph Letter Signed, 24 January 1885.

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Lot 40
Aguilar, Grace (1816-1847)
The Jewish Faith: Its Spiritual Consolation, Moral Guidance, and Immortal Hope.

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Lot 41
Weaving, Dying, and Recipes: Two 19th Century American Imprints.

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Lot 42
Stone, Lucy (1818-1893)
Carte-de-visite.

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Lot 43
Women in Michigan & Minnesota Write Home, 1837-1859.
A Small Archive of Letters from the Russell Family of Kingston, Massachusetts.

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Lot 44
Russell, Jane (1819-1914) Archive of Letters, 1840s.
Written during a Whaling Voyage, from Hawaii, and Other Ports.

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Lot 45
Anthony, Susan B. (1820-1906)
Photographic Portrait with Clipped Signature.

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Lot 46
Press Photos, Historic Women, Five Examples.

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Lot 47
Montez, Lola (1821-1861)
The Arts of Beauty; or, Secrets of a Lady's Toilet. With Hints to Gentlemen on the Art of Fascinating.

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Lot 48
Hawes Terhune, Mary Virginia [aka Marion Harland] (1830-1922)
Diary, 1846-1853, Later Carbon of Typed Transcription.

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Lot 49
Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888)
Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.

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Lot 50
Alcott, Louisa May (1832-1888)
Little Women, or, Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy.

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Lot 51
Woodhull, Victoria (1838-1927) & Tennessee Claflin (1844-1923)
Five Cartes-de-visite, circa 1870.

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Lot 52
Bernhardt, Sarah (1844-1923)
Signed and Inscribed Portrait Illustration.

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Lot 53
Cassatt, Mary (1844-1926)
Denise Holding her Child.

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Lot 54
Vassar College, Tintype Album circa 1865.
Harriet Griggs Barnes (1845-1918)

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Lot 55
Weaver, Anna K. (born circa 1847)
Cast Thy [Anchor] in Heaven.

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Lot 56
Käsebier, Gertrude (1852-1934)
Woman Artist.

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Lot 57
Smith Eigenmann, Rosa (1858-1947)
Large Archive of Correspondence, 1882-1899.

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Lot 58
Brown Chittenden, Alice (1859-1944)
Lone Mountain.

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Lot 59
Farro, Sarah E. (b. 1859)
True Love, a Story of English Domestic Life.

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Lot 60
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins [aka Stetson] (1860-1935)
The Yellow Wall-Paper.

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Lot 61
Cheney Lambert, Ellen Waitstill (1862-1938)
Photo & Ephemera Album, Paris during the First World War.

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Lot 62
Munson, Laura Gordon (fl. circa 1864)
Flowers from my Garden. Sketched and Painted from Nature.

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Lot 63
The Working Women's Relief Association.
The Women's Journal.

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Lot 64
Demmer, Margaret (1865-1924)
Two Journals Recording Details of her Daughter's and Granddaughter's Births and Childhoods.

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Lot 65
Humphrey, Maud (1865-1940)
Pensive Young Woman.

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Lot 66
Stowers, Jessie A. (1865-1948)
Small Archive of Ephemera and Material Documenting her Nursing Career.

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Lot 67
Sister Nivedita (1867-1911)
An Indian Study of Love and Death, Author's Presentation Copy.

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Lot 68
Goldman, Emma (1869-1940)
Living My Life, Signed & Inscribed First One Volume Edition.

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Lot 69
Sivsey, Annie (fl. circa 1869)
Compositions, Manuscript on Paper.

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Lot 70
Artist Portraits, Three Examples.

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Lot 71
Matthews, Kate (1870-1956)
Signed Silver Gelatin Photograph of Rebecca Porter (d. 1921) as "Mom Beck."

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Lot 72
Tarbox Beals, Jessie (1870-1942)
Archive of Signed Photographs, circa 1930.

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Lot 73
Sex Work.
Leggi e Memorie Venete sulla Prostituzione fino alla caduta della Republica.

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Lot 74
Delaney, Emma Beard (1871-1922)
Autograph Postcard Signed 13 June 1912.

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Lot 75
Colette, Sidonie Gabrielle (1873-1954)
Autograph Letter Signed, Paris, circa 1935-1938.

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Lot 76
Vassar College Album, 1873.

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Lot 77
Oakley, Violet (1874-1961)
Photograph of the Artist in her Studio, circa 1897.

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Lot 78
Reed, Ethel (1874-1912)
Folly or Saintliness.

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Lot 79
Stein, Gertrude (1874-1946)
Paris France.

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Lot 80
King, Jessie M., illustrator (1875-1949)
A Carol, Good King Wenceslas.

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Lot 81
St. Leger Eberle, Abastenia (1878-1942)
Photographs of her Sculptures, Five Signed Examples.

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Lot 82
Masaryková, Alice [aka] Alice Garrigue Masaryk (1879-1966)
Signed Photograph.

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Lot 83
Sanger, Margaret (1879-1966)
Family Limitation, with Edits in her Hand.

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Lot 84
Pavlova, Anna (1881-1931) & Valerian Svetloff (1860-1934)
Anna Pavlova, Signed Limited Edition.

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Lot 85
Artist Portraits, Three Examples.

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Lot 86
Ulmann, Doris (1882-1934)
Park Fisher, Brasstown, N.C. (Wood Carver).

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Lot 87
Ulmann, Doris (1882-1934)
Woman at Vegetable Market.

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Lot 88
Woolf, Virginia (1882-1941)
A Room of One's Own.

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Lot 89
Woolf, Virginia (1882-1941) and her father; Photograph

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Lot 90
Roosevelt, Eleanor (1884-1962)
Signed Photograph.

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Lot 91
Treidler, Adolph (1886-1981)
For Every Fighter a Woman Worker. Care for her through the YWCA.

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Lot 92
Wolf, Estelle (1886-1988)
Table with Sunshine Cookies.

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Lot 93
O'Keeffe, Georgia (1887-1996) by Alfred Stieglitz (1864-1946)
Portrait Photograph.

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Lot 94
Bocker, Dorothy (b. 1888)
Birth Control Methods.

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Lot 95
Loos, Anita (1888-1981)
Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: The Illuminating Diary of a Professional Lady.

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Lot 96
Christie, Agatha (1890-1976)
Black Coffee, Proof with MS. Pencil Corrections & Publisher's Autograph Letter Signed.

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Lot 97
Anonymous American Female Compiler.
A Month in Palestine and Syria.

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Lot 98
Artist Portraits, Three Examples.

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Lot 99
Gray, Bonnie Jean (1891-1988)
Archive of Photos and Papers of the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee and Trick Rider.

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Lot 100
Crosby, Caresse (1892-1970)
Crosses of Gold: A Book of Verse.

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Lot 100
Women's Bureau U.S. Department of Labor, World War II.
Thirteen Photographs.

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Lot 101
Women in Astrophysics, The Harvard Computers.
Three Glass-plate Astronomical Photographs [together with] New England Magazine, 1892.

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Lot 102
Clayton, Mary Morris (1893-1993)
Photo Album, circa 1929-1939.

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Lot 103
McDaniel, Hattie (1893-1952)
Declaration of Appreciation from the State of Colorado.

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Lot 104
Bochoráková-Dittrichová, Helena (1894-1980)
Illustrated Books & Prints: a Small Archive with Signed Material.

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Lot 105
Sherman, Beatrix (1894-1975)
Archive of her Silhouette Work and Related Art, Manuscript Material, & Ephemera.

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Lot 106
Business and Professional Women of Leadville [Colorado].

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Lot 107
Jesenská, Milena (1896-1944)
Cesta k Jednoduchosti.

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Lot 108
Ludins, Ryah (1896-1957)
Four Signed Lithographs, 1929-1930.

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Lot 109
Ludins, Ryah (1896-1957)
Untitled Drawing of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House, Commercial Street, Provincetown, MA.

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Lot 110
Smith, Betty (1896-1972)
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn.

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Lot 111
Waugh, Dorothy (1896-1996)
Mystery Veils the Desert. National Parks.

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Lot 112
Earhart, Amelia (1897-circa 1937)
Photographic Portrait.

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Lot 113
Stirling, Alexa (1897-1977)
Signed Photograph, May 20, 1921.

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Lot 114
Abbott, Berenice (1898-1991)
Berenice Abbott: American Photographer, Signed Limited Edition.

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Lot 115
Abbott, Berenice (1898-1991)
Under the El at the Battery, Manhattan, 1936.

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Lot 116
Jones Brown, Zenith (1898-1983)
Typed Letter Signed, 11 July 1947.

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Lot 117
Soong Mei-ling [aka Madame Chiang Kai-Shek] (1898-2003)
Chinese Orchids, Signed Presentation Copy.

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Lot 118
Nevelson, Louise (1899-1998)
Female Nude in Profile.

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Lot 119
Nevelson, Louise (1899-1998)
Figure on a Horse.

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Lot 120
Nevelson, Louise (1899-1998)
Seated Female Nude.

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Lot 121
Nevelson, Louise (1899-1998)
Seated Female Nude.

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Lot 122
Jones, Hélène (fl. circa 1918)
The Motor Corps of America.

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Lot 123
Artist Portraits, Three Examples.

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Lot 124
Women: Five 19th & 20th Century American Titles.

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Lot 125
American Women at Work: Twenty Albumen & Silver Prints.

20th Century

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Lot 126
Neel, Alice (1900-1984)
Evans Twins.

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Lot 127
Borovskaya, Anna Kazimirovna (1901-1983)
Organize Nurseries, Kindergartens, Factories, Kitchens, Dining Halls, Mechanical Laundries – Thus We Can Free 1,600,000 New Workers for the Fulfillment of the Five Year Plan.

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Lot 128
Guild of Women Binders Exhibition Binding.

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Lot 129
Bourke-White, Margaret (1904-1971)
Silver.

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Lot 130
Bourke-White, Margaret (1904-1971)
Shooting the Russian War, Signed Presentation Copy, and Other Material.

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Lot 131
Ebstel, Jeanne (1905-2000)
Three Women Walking.

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Lot 132
Ebstel, Jeanne (1905-2000)
Four Seated Women.

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Lot 133
Jones, Loïs Mailou (1905-1998)
The Musicians.

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Lot 134
Rand, Ayn (1905-1982)
Atlas Shrugged.

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Lot 135
Wong, Anna May [Wong Liu Tsong] (1905-1961)
Signed Photographic Portrait.

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Lot 136
Frissell, Toni (1907-1988)
Dachshund Drinking Water.

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Lot 137
Frissell, Toni (1907-1988)
Woman and Child on the Beach, Charleston, S.C.

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Lot 138
Kahlo, Frida (1907-1954) Photograph by Lucienne Bloch.
Portrait, 1933.

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Lot 139
Dunham, Katherine (1909-2006)
Small Archive of Letters and Other Correspondence, 1948-1957.

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Lot 140
Votes for Women.
Two China Bread-and-Butter Plates.

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Lot 141
Woman in Uniform, Italy, World War I.
Five Silver Gelatin Photographs.

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Lot 142
Baker, Josephine (1906-1975) & Billie Holiday (1915-1959)
Seven Press Photos on Four Sheets, 1936 & 1949.

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Lot 143
Woman's College of Baltimore, Goucher College.
Student Photograph Album, circa 1910-1915.

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Lot 144
Arnold, Eve (1912-2012)
Model with a Compact in a Corset.

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Lot 145
Catlett, Elizabeth (1915-2012)
On the Subway.

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Lot 146
Catlett, Elizabeth (1915-2012)
To Marry.

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Lot 147
Catlett, Elizabeth (1915-2012)
Walking Blindly.

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Lot 148
Holiday, Billie (1915-1959)
Photograph.

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Lot 149
Holiday, Billie (1915-1959)
Photograph.

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Lot 150
Taylor-Burroughs, Margaret (1917-2010)
Dr. Carter G. Woodson.

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Lot 151
Taylor-Burroughs, Margaret (1917-2010)
Improvisation No. I.

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Lot 152
Taylor-Burroughs, Margaret (1917-2010)
Zimbabwe Landscape I.

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Lot 153
Kent, Corita (1918-1986)
Flag of My Home.

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Lot 154
Kent, Corita (1918-1986)
Give the Gang our Best - Now!

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Lot 155
Kent, Corita (1918-1986)
Questions and Answers.

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Lot 156
Kent, Corita (1918-1986)
Loud and Clear.

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Lot 157
Goldsmith, Elsa M. (1920-2005)
Small Archive of Original Illustrations & Designs.

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Lot 158
Orkin, Ruth (1921-1985)
Comic Book Readers.

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Lot 159
Orkin, Ruth (1921-1985)
Mirian, Israeli Teenager.

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Lot 160
Orkin, Ruth (1921-1985)
The Member of the Wedding.

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Lot 161
Arbus, Diane (1923-1971)
An Aperture Monograph, and Two Other Works.

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Lot 162
Gordimer, Nadine (1923-2014)
A World of Strangers, Signed and Inscribed First Edition.

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Lot 163
Washington, Dinah (1924-1963) and Ray Charles (1930-2004)
Photograph.

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Lot 164
Dodson, Betty (1929-2020)
Three Signed & Inscribed Books [and] One Autograph Letter Signed.

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Lot 165
Bathysphere, Nonsuch Island, Bermuda Deep Sea Expedition.
Photo Album 1930-1931.

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Lot 166
Saint Phalle, Niki de (1930-2002)
The Devouring Mothers.

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Lot 167
Morrison, Toni (1931-2019)
Beloved, Signed First Edition.

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Lot 168
Ginsburg, Ruth Bader (1933-2020)
Signed Dissenting Opinion Cover Sheet, Shelby County v. Eric H. Holder.

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Lot 169
Solanas, Valerie (1936-1988)
The S.C.U.M. Manifesto.

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Lot 170
Wilke, Hannah (1940-1993)
Signed Yearbook Page with Drawing, 1964.

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Lot 170
Barnes, Djuna (1892-1982)
Ladies Almanack: Showing their Signs and their Tides; their Moons and their Changes; the Seasons as it is with them; their Eclipses and Equinoxes; as well as a full Record of Diurnal and Nocturnal Distempers.

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Lot 171
Davis, Lynn (b. 1944)
Four Signed First Editions.

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Lot 173
Press Photos, Trans Women, Five Examples, 1952-1970.

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Lot 174
Croy, Norma Jean (b. 1954)
Free Norma Jean Croy, Original Silkscreen for Making T-Shirts.

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Lot 175
Quest: A Feminist Quarterly.
A Complete Run: Twenty Issues 1974-1982.

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Lot 176
Women's Graphics Collective.
Dia Internacional De La Mujer: International Women's Day Poster.

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Lot 177
Guerrilla Girls: Nine Text Posters.

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Pre-1800

Focus on Women includes material created by women who are household names, and others whose stories have been almost entirely forgotten. In the course of selecting and cataloging material for the sale, the truths of many women’s struggles and accomplishments—both mundane and record-making—manifested in several ways, with a core of interlocking patterns. Piecing together the untold stories required research guided by trails of breadcrumbs left by the objects themselves. We at Swann hope that our audience of scholars, collectors, and institutions will enjoy the early printed books, manuscripts, fine bindings, photographs, prints, drawings, and archives we have assembled to celebrate and highlight the contributions of women.

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Isabella I, Queen of Spain (1451-1504)
Document Signed, Yo la Reyna, Granada, Spain 8 May 1501.

Folio format laid paper document in Spanish, ordering Royal Steward Sancho de Paredes to pay German de Paris and his partner Jacques 22,600 maravides, the remaining balance on a bill of 78,600 maravides for purchase of a tapestry; text in brown ink, in a Spanish secretarial hand, endorsed by Royal Secretary Gaspar de Trizio, and canceled with two V-shaped cuts in the document, indicating that the transaction was entered into the royal account books; old folds, receipt signed by the two merchants who received the payment; docketed on verso, with an old tab of stiff paper pasted to the verso along the top edge, 11 1/2 x 8 1/4 in.

The woven tapestry that the Queen purchased was a gift for a church decorated with the Spanish throne’s royal coat of arms.

Estimate

$1,000 – $2,000

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Women’s health. antonio guainerio (d. 1440)
Opus Preclarum ad Praxim Non Mediocriter Necessarium.

Lyon: Constantin Fradin in aedibus Jacobi Myt, 1525.

Quarto, title page with fine woodcut printer’s mark, gothic letter title printed in red and black, text printed in gothic type in double columns throughout, woodcut criblé initials; bound in full contemporary greenish reversed leather with remains of ties on boards, manuscript paper spine label, parchment pastedowns with contemporary signature of French physician Andreas Berangier [or perhaps Beranger] dated 1586, with additional later manuscript marginalia and underlining, 8 1/8 x 5 1/2 in.

Durling 2189.

Estimate

$2,000 – $2,600

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Porzio, simone (1496-1554)
De Puella Germanica, quae Fere Biennium Vixerat sine Cibo, Potuque.

Florence: Lorenzo Torrentino, 1551.

Quarto, A-B4, bound in modern marbled boards, contents good, 8 x 5 1/2 in.

This treatise examines the case of a ten-year-old German girl named Margaret Weiss who had reportedly been fasting, abstaining even from water, for two years. The physician Bucoldianus first published an account of Weiss’s miraculous survival in 1542. The physician Porzio takes a second look here, speculating that perhaps she lives on air alone. However, his overall conclusion is stark: she is very near to death and will need to begin eating again to survive.

BM STC Italian 537; Durling 3746. Wellcome I, 5222; Brunet IV, 830; Graesse V, 419; Hirsch/H. V, 660; Osler 3726; Adams P-1963.

Estimate

$400 – $600

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D’aragona, maria (1503-1568) & girolamo ruscelli (1518-1566)
Lettura di Girolamo Ruscelli, sopra un Sonetto dell’illustriss Signor Marchese della Terza alla Divina Signora Marchesa del Vasto.

Venice: per Giovan Griffio, 1552.

First edition, quarto, woodcut printer’s device to title and verso of final leaf; illustrated with woodcut portrait of Maria d’Aragona in profile on V2 (leaf 74); bound in limp parchment, rebacked manuscript spine title, edges stained blue, (some spots to title, final signature with staining, bottom corner of leaf 16/17 soiled), 8 x 5 3/4 in.

Ruscelli’s work is an elaborate philosophical, linguistic and historical praise of feminine virtues. D’Aragona cultivated literary salons in the mid-16th century. Paolo Giovio, Pietro Aretino, and many others participated in her events. The last part of the volume is a tribute to D’Aragona and contains twenty-three sonnets by various poets in her honor.

BMC STC Italian page 593; (cf.) Axel Erdmann’s, My Gracious Silence, Women in the Mirror of 16th Century Printing, Luzerne: Gilhofer & Ranschburg, 1999, page 190.

Estimate

$500 – $700

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Vico, enea (1523-1567); trans. natale conti (1520-1582)
Augustarum Imagines Aereis Formis Expressae; Vitae quoque earundem breviter enarratae.

Venice: Paolo Manuzio, 1558.

First Latin edition of Conti’s Le Imagini delle Donne Auguste, published in the previous year; quarto, illustrated with sixty-three full-paged engravings, engraved title page, and thirty-three text woodcuts of coins; each subject of the biography depicted in coin form, either on a unique complicated altar of varying designs or in a grid of twelve; with cancel engravings as described by Mortimer: plates I and II misfolded and bound in the wrong order, xviii and xix (on G3v and H4r) each with cancel slips pasted over with the correct engravings (the two were originally transposed); plate xi with blank cancel slip pasted over portrait; plates iv, xv, and xxiii without coin portraits; bound in full 17th century gilt-tooled red morocco, rubbed, generally good, aeg, over marbling; marbled endleaves; bookplate removed from inside front board with loss to marbled paper; ownership cipher with the initials F and C stamped neatly in the margin of the first preface leaf; 9 1/4 x 6 3/4 in.

This work contains short biographies of ancient Roman women who held the title Augusta, given to high-ranking women in imperial families, usually the wives, daughters, or mothers of emperors. Augustae had their own imperial regalia, and were sometimes allowed to preside over courts, and issue currency, thus portraits in coin format. Vico’s work contains entries on Julius Caesar’s mother, four wives, daughter Cornelia, sister Julia Minor, and dozens of other influential ancient Roman women.

Ahmanson-Murphy 537; Ren. 176:18; Adams V-634; BMSTC I 723; Mortimer Italian 533.

Estimate

$1,500 – $2,500

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Thomagni, giovanni david (16th century)
Dell’Eccellentia de l’Huomo sopra quella de la Donna Libri Tre.

Venice: Giovanni Varisco, 1565.

First edition, octavo, A-X8, woodcut printer’s device to title, text printed in italic type, bound in later limp paper wrappers, with manuscript title to spine, red edges, very light waterstain to the outer margin of first leaves, but generally a clean copy with somewhat narrow margins, 5 1/2 x 3 3/4 in.

Thomagni’s four-way debate is an exploration of woman’s purported inferiority to man. Despite the title, Thomagni champions a pro-woman position.

Adams T-631; Alex Erdmann’s, My Gracious Silence, no. 76.

Estimate

$900 – $1,200

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Garzoni, tommaso (1549-1589)
L’Hospidale de’ Pazzi Incurabili Nuovamente Formato & Posto in Luce.

Venice: appresso Gio. Battista Somascho, 1586.

Likely first edition (two were printed in the same year), quarto, †4, A-M8 (M8 blank & present), woodcut printer’s device to title; a clean copy in contemporary limp paper binding, some stains and old stamps to title, text printed in italic type, 8 x 5 3/4 in.

In this work, The Hospital of Incurable Madness, Garzoni writes about mental illness and those institutionalized with such diagnoses as they existed in the late 16th century. His aim was to bring awareness to mental health, and in the process of his report, he reveals contemporary attitudes regarding “incurable madness.” The mental illnesses of women, including hysteria, do not go unnoticed. Garzoni notes a resemblance between women’s hysteria and hypochondriasis.

Rare, not in Adams; BMC STC it. p. 291; Wellcome I, 2689; Krivatsy 2006.

Estimate

$700 – $900

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Saint Cecilia (circa 200-235 CE)
Engraved Portrait Scene, Fiat Cor Meum.

[Antwerp]: Johann Sadeler, circa 1590.

First edition, folio format copper-plate engraving, one of the earliest examples of engraved music, containing the complete parts for a motet for five voices by Daniel Raymundi (1558-1634); signed at right bottom corner in the plate, engraved by Sadeler after de Vos; likely issued separately by Johann Sadeler; slightly shaved at bottom within the plate mark, good impression, some browning, 10 3/4 x 8 in.

The engraving shows St. Cecilia singing on the left, with the music in an open choir-book at the center of the composition. An angel, looking on with the saint, accompanies her on the organ. Cecilia is the patron saint of music and musicians.

Hollstein xxi 305; CPM, vol 47, p.118. Jessie Ann Owens, Composers at Work (1997), pp. 48-49, indicating that organists in this period played from scores in choirbook format.

Estimate

$900 – $1,200

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Massinoni, giovanni antonio (fl. 1590)
Il Flagello delle Meretrici, et la Nobiltà Donnesca.

Venice: Appresso Giacomo Antonio Somascho, 1599.

First edition, quarto, A-D4; woodcut printer’s device to title; bound in later limp paste-paper boards, 8 x 5 3/4 in.

Massinoni’s essays exhibits another example of the classic Madonna-Whore Dichotomy. This work displays both harsh Renaissance misogyny and a laudatory list of noble female values, and “a good example of popular condemnation of prostitution.” (cf. Rudolph M. Bell’s How to Do It, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999, page 181).

Rare, no copies in Worldcat; Not in Adams; BMC STC Italian, page 425.

Estimate

$1,800 – $2,400

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Heywood, Thomas (d. 1641)
Gynaikeion: or, Nine Bookes of Various History Concerninge Women.

London: Printed by Adam Islip, 1624.

First edition, small folio, engraved title; amateurishly rebound in full leather, lacking first and last blanks, some staining, a few scattered signatures at beginning and end, 10 3/4 x 7 1/4 in.

Heywood was both playwright and a contemporary of Shakespeare. Here he examines real and mythic women and gives interesting insight into western culture’s perception about females and femininity. During Heywood’s lifetime two very different queens ruled England while several others were imprisoned and executed. Each of the nine books is named after a muse and takes her attributes as its inspiration to extrapolate. The fourth book, Melpomene, describes “Women incestuous, adulteresses, and such as have come by strange deaths”; Terpsichore, the fifth book, is about “Amazons, and other women famous either for valour or beautie”; Urania, the eighth book, is concerned with poetesses and witches; and the final chapter, Calliope, shows the punishments given to the “vitious” and the rewards reaped by the virtuous.

ESTC S119701; STC 13326.

Estimate

$2,000 – $3,000

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Heywood, Thomas (d. 1641)
Gynaikeion: or, Nine Bookes of Various History Concerninge Women.

London: Printed by Adam Islip, 1624.

First edition, small folio, engraved title (trimmed and mounted), bound in full leather boards, rebacked, lacking first and last blanks (A1 & Rr6) and last contents leaf A6; text otherwise complete, some worming, 11 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.

ESTC S119701; STC 13326.

Estimate

$1,000 – $1,500

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Sagramoso, michele (fl. circa 1627)
Elisa Favola Maritima.

Verona: Presso Angelo Tamo, 1627.

First edition, quarto, engraved architectural title; bound in contemporary limp parchment (detached from text block along inner front joint), some manuscript corrections and annotations in the text; small paper repair to A1, staining to lower corners of some leaves, occasional spotting, good type imprint, 7 3/4 x 5 1/2 in.

The work is a five-act play in verse by Verona playwright and poet Michele Sagramoso. Sagramoso was a member of the Accademia Filarmonico of Verona, the first literary academy in Italy to be principally devoted to music. The action takes place on the island of Manarre among the pearl fishers, and tells of the doomed romance of Elisa, a fisherwoman, and Micandro, a foreign fisherman, amidst a cast of fugitives, nymphs, and priests. (cf. Magnabosco’s, L’Accademia Filarmonica di Verona dalla Fondazione al Teatro, Verona, 2015, page 25.

Rare outside Italy, Worldcat records U.S. copies at Yale, Getty, Newberry, Harvard, and Chicago.

Estimate

$500 – $700

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Fabry, wilhelm (1560-1634) & marie colinet (circa 1560-1640)
Lithotomia Vesicae.

Basel: Ludwig Koenig, typis Joh. Schroeteri, 1628.

First Latin edition, quarto, woodcut printer’s device to title, illustrated with twenty-one text woodcuts depicting surgical instruments; bound in contemporary limp parchment, contents browned due to poor paper quality, some staining, spotting, 7 3/4 x 6 in.

Fabry, called “the father of German surgery,” married Colinet in 1587. At the time she was already a midwife in her own right. Although her husband instructed her in surgery, he also reported that she excelled him in skill. Born in Geneva, daughter of a printer, Colinet came up with the innovative practice of using heat to dilate the cervix to help facilitate childbirth during labor. Her proficiency in surgery was repeatedly demonstrated through the many caesarian sections she performed. Colinet is also credited as the first practitioner to use a magnet to safely remove an errant piece of metal lodged in a patient’s eye. Her husband described her as “a constant source of help and happiness.”

Fabry also writes about a complex surgery Colinet performed to repair broken ribs which involved wiring the bones together and covering the incision site with oil-based herbal plasters that successfully staved off post-surgical infection. He includes accounts of her innovative work in his own publications but has often been incorrectly credited with their invention.

VD 17, 12:194446Z; Waller 2901; Zachert/Zeidler II, 522; Hirsch/Hub. II, 463; Vgl. Krivatsy 3859 (English edition).

Estimate

$2,000 – $2,600

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Pona, francesco (1594-1655)
La Lucerna di Eureta Misoscolo Academico Filarmonico.

Venice: [Sarzina], 1628.

Quarto, a4, A-Z4 Aa4 (Aa4 blank & present); A-G4, fifth edition, two parts in one volume in contemporary limp paper, an unsophisticated copy with full margins and deckle edges, 8 1/2 x 6 1/4 in.

Pona's notorious and extremely popular collection of stories quickly found its way to the Catholic church's index of prohibited books. The author was a physician, writer, a member of the Accademia dei Filarmonici of Verona, and of the Incogniti of Venice. "The Lamp of the novel has in many other previous existences experienced innumerable reincarnations: as an innocent girl; a prostitute; historical characters such as Sulla, Cleopatra, and Ravaillac; animals such as a flea, a mouse, a horse, a bee, or a cricket. On four consecutive evening, the Lamp instructs its current owner and interlocutor [...] with fantastic tales inspired by Boccaccio, Aretino, Bandell, Barclay, and others. The Lucerna is a collection of novelistic narratives focusing for the most part on the dark, even pathological, sides of human ethos and behavior." (cf. Bondanella & Cicarelli's Cambridge Companion to the Italian Novel, 2003, page 32.)

Estimate

$400 – $600

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Monastic initiation ritual, benedictine nuns.
Ordo Admittendi Virgines ad Monasterii Ingressum.

Milan: Apud Impressores Achiep., 1641.

Large quarto, A-E4, final integral blank E4 present; title page printed in red and black within a border of typographical ornaments, with the Archbishop of Milan’s woodcut emblem above the imprint; printed in red and black throughout, with musical notation in the text; bound in full contemporary limp parchment, somewhat soiled, contents crisp, with good type impressions, 9 x 6 1/2 in.

This work covers the rituals carried out during the reception and final vows of novice nuns. It “provides detailed instructions for both the admission and the clothing rituals.” All are organized around music. “The greatest amount of chant was associated with the actual clothing ceremony for the novice, after Mass.” In these rituals, the officiating priest and abbess bless the new sister’s habit, veil, head-dress, and other garments. Eight different pieces of music are included in the clothing ceremony alone. After promising obedience to the Rule of St. Benedict, praying, being sprinkled with holy water, and then singing the responsorial Veni Creator Spiritus with the priest, the newly minted nun, “was to lie (decently, the manual noted) under a pall of black cloth (symbolizing her death to the world).” (cf. Robert L. Kendrick Celestial Sirens: Nuns and Their Music in Early Modern Milan, Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1996, page 132 ff.)

Rare, one copy of this edition in Worldcat, other editions in 1607 & 1617 similarly rare; very rare at auction.

Estimate

$500 – $700

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Le moyne, pierre (1602-1671)
The Gallery of Heroick Women.

London: Printed by R. Norton for Henry Seile, 1652.

First edition in English, translated from the original, La Galerie des Femmes Fortes, by John Paulet, Earl of Winchester (1598-1675), large paper copy; title page printed in red and black, with woodcut printer’s device, added engraved title by Karol [aka Charles] Audran (1594-1674) after Pietro da Corton (1596-1669), illustrated with twenty elegant full-paged full-length engraved portraits by Jean Mariette (1660-1742); bound in full contemporary dark brown sheepskin, ruled in gilt on spine and boards, cherubs on each corner of the panels on the boards, floral tools and a red lettering piece on the spine, (some dampstaining at the end of the text, generally a fresh copy), 15 1/2 x 10 in.

Subjects covered by Le Moyne include Jewish, so-called barbarian, Roman, and Christian women, including Judith, Artemisia, Lucretia, Portia, Joan of Arc, and Mary Stewart, among others whose portraits are not included.

Wing L-1045; ESTC R12737; rare at auction.

Estimate

$2,000 – $3,000

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Philips, Katherine (1631-1664)
Poems by the Most Deservedly Admired Mrs. Katherine Philips, the Matchless Orinda.

London: Printed by J.M. for H. Herringman, 1669.

Folio, third edition, engraved portrait frontispiece, final blank present, bound in full contemporary calf (small patch at foot of front joint), some cosmetic defects, generally a fresh copy, 11 x 6 3/4 in.

Philips was one of few 17th century women known as a poet in her own lifetime. She died of smallpox at the age of thirty-two but leaves us a legacy of friendship poetry. She and her closest female friends, Anne Owen Lewis (1633-1692) and Mary Aubrey created their own personal literary circle, exchanging letters and poems, treasuring and celebrating their close bond.

Wing P-2034; ESTC R20915.

Estimate

$800 – $1,200

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Matrimonial manuscript on paper.
D.O.M. Tractatus ad Rubricam Digest. Soluto Matrimonio, ab Excellentissimo Doctore Francisco Bonvicino Inditus.

Parma: Antonio Crotti, 1688.

Quarto, Latin manuscript on laid paper, single column throughout, in brown ink, 19-22 lines per page; 136 numbered pages; bound in full contemporary parchment over thin boards with gilt decoration (worming to spine), 8 x 6 in.

A seemingly unpublished manuscript. The Italian SBN database shows no published works listed under Francesco Bonvicino’s name, and only two small works of similar matter attributed to Antonio Crotti. The content of the present manuscript deals with several aspects of the dissolution of the marriage, including disposition of the dowry, will, inheritance, parental authority.

Estimate

$700 – $900

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Gómez de la Parra, José (late 17th century)
Vida de la Venerable Madre Antonia de San Jacinto: Monja Professa de Velo Negro.



Mexico City: Herederos de la Viuda de Bernardo Calderón [Heirs of Paula de Benavides], 1689.

First edition, quarto, *6, §4, ¶4, A-P4, Q2; title page printed within a border of typographical ornaments, engraved arms of dedicatee, Juan Cavallero y Ocio, printed on second leaf; bound in full contemporary limp parchment, silk loop closures braided in colored thread and red glass bead catches (one loop broken, both beads present), remnants of a Dutch gilt embossed paper cover pasted under a later plain endleaf inside both boards, pattern No. 61 by Munck; some worming, a few signatures with foxing, generally crisp, worm damage to title neatly repaired on verso, 8 x 5 1/2 in.

Antonia de San Jacinto (d. 1682) was famous in her lifetime for her poverty, self-starvation, mortification of the flesh, and devotion to Christ. Her cult was extremely popular with the population of her hometown of Querétaro City in central Mexico, where she lived at the Santa Clara convent. Huge crowds attended the mass commemorating the first anniversary of her death. In 1686, her remains were exhumed for more prominent display in the Santa Clara church.

Paula de Benavides and her husband Bernardo Calderón began printing books and pamphlets in Mexico City in 1631; widowed with six children, she took over the business in 1641 and died in 1684. This book was printed by her heirs. During her forty-three-year career as a printer, Benavides printed at least 448 titles in Mexico City and ran an expansive book store. She created a printing and bookselling dynasty that persisted for three generations after her death. Daughters, daughters-in-law, granddaughters, and great-granddaughters continued printing using the Benavides name. (cf. Montiel Ontiveros, Ana Cecilia y Beltrán Cabrera, Luz del Carmen y (2006), “Paula de Benavides: impresora del siglo XVII. El inicio de un linaje.” Contribuciones desde Coatepec, Vol. , núm.10, pp.103-115 [Consultado: 4 de Mayo de 2021]. ISSN: 1870-0365. Disponible en : https://www.redalyc.org/articulo.oa?id=28101005)

Medina, Mexico 1443; Palau 103582; Sabin 27761.

Estimate

$500 – $750

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Vokins, Joan (d. 1690)
God’s Mighty Power Magnified: as Manifested and Revealed in his Faithful Handmaid Joan Vokins.

London: Printed for Thomas Northcott, 1691.

First edition, octavo, A4, a8, B4, C-I8, K2 (lacking four leaves: B3, B4, B5, & B6, i.e. pages 5-12); bound in full intact period speckled English sheepskin, unsophisticated, with later wove pastedowns and flyleaves in front and back, the binding slightly rubbed, 6 x 3 1/2 in.

Vokins was an ardent member of the Society of Friends who traveled as a transatlantic missionary of faith. She arrived in Oyster Bay, Long Island in New York early in 1680, traveling with her friends Sarah Yoklet and Lydia Wright. Her main objective was establishing Women’s Meetings in the colonies as she had done at home in Charney Bassett, England. She visited Providence, Rhode Island; Boston; East & West Jersey; Pennsylvania; Barbados; Nevis; and Antigua. While in Barbados, she led meetings with Black and white congregants, “and the power of the Lord Jesus was mightily manifested, so that my Soul was often melted therewith, even in the Meetings of the Negro’s or Blacks.” This posthumously published work is a collection of Vokins’s letters, many written during her journey. Supporting prefatory material is contributed by several other Quaker women, including Theophila Townsend (1656-1692). The Society of Friends’ strong stance on gender equality meant that Quaker women were able to see their own work in print during the 17th century, even as they were simultaneously jailed, executed, and otherwise persecuted for their beliefs.

ESTC R9069, listing seven copies in American libraries; Wing V-685; Smith’s Descriptive Catalogue of Friends’ Books II pages 714 and 844; Rare at auction.

Estimate

$800 – $1,200

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de La Roche-Guilhem, Anne (1644-1707 or 1710)
History of Female Favorites, Two Copies in French & German.

Including: Histoire des Favorites Contenant ce qui s’est Passé de plus Remarquable sous Plusieurs Regnes, Imprimé à Constantinople [i.e. Amsterdam: no printer, circa 1699], 12mo, title page printed in red and black, engraved added title, and ten full-paged engraved portraits of the subjects of the biographies; bound in contemporary boards, amateurishly rebound with original sponge-decorated calf panels from the boards relaid; humidity damage to contents, title page soft with some losses (repaired on verso), minor worming, 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 in. [together with] de la Roche-Guilhem’s Liebes-Aventuren und Dereselben Curieusen Intriqen unterschiedener Mattressen hoher Potentaten in Europa, Cologne: Marteau, 1718, title page printed in red and black, engraved added title, and ten full-paged portraits, four leaves with manuscript annotations, bound in later full leather, 6 x 3 1/2 in. (2)

French edition rare at auction; German edition also rare at auction and in libraries, three copies listed in Worldcat.

Subjects of the biographies include María de Padilla (1334-1361); Leonor Teles (c. 1350-c. 1405); Agnès Sorel (1422-1450); Giulia Farnese (1474-1524); Roxelana [aka Hurrem Sultan] (c. 1502-1558); Marie de Beauvilliers (1574-1667); Livia Drusilla [aka Julia Augusta] (59/58 BCE-29 CE); Fredegund (d. 597); Nanthild (c. 610-642); and Marozia (c. 890-937).

Estimate

$300 – $400

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Eustache Le Noble (1643-1711)
Les Amours d’Anne d’Autriche, Epouse de Louis 13, avec le Cardinal Richelieu, le Veritable Pere de Louis 14, Aujourd’huy Roy de France.

Paris: Manuscript on Paper, circa 1700.

Quarto, seventy-nine inscribed pages, bound with four printed portrait engravings, text in a single column, eighteen lines per page in a professional italic hand, each within a thin red border; with eighteen blank leaves at the end; bound in full contemporary sponge-decorated calf, gilt-ruled boards, gilt-tooled spine, internally very fresh, 8 3/4 x 6 3/4 in.

This manuscript was made after the third printed edition of Eustache Le Noble’s work. The scribe has transcribed the complete title with printing place (Cologne) and date of imprint (1696). Anne of Austria (1601-1666) was queen consort to King Louis XIII of France and took up an opposing political position to Cardinal Richelieu (as she does in Dumas’ novel The Three Musketeers). Despite opposition she seized the reins of power as regent on behalf of their son after Louis’ death. She attracted enemies, and this work is the chief witness to them, alleging numerous sexual indiscretions, one with her enemy Richelieu, resulting in the apparent royal heir. The book was printed in Norwich and in Cologne. Ownership of a copy in France would have been quite dangerous in this period, but some person of means commissioned this fine copy.

Estimate

$400 – $600

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Juana Inés de la Cruz (1648-1695)
Fama, y Obras Posthumas del Fenix de Mexico, Decima Musa, Poetisa Americana.

Madrid: Manuel Ruiz de Murga, 1700.

Quarto, first edition of the third part of the poet’s works (each published separately: part one in Madrid, 1689 and part two in Seville, 1691); title page printed in red and black, engraved author portrait after Clemente Puche (1699-1728) bound after the title, in it Sor Juana is depicted at the center of an architectural border with quill and book in hand, flanked by personifications of Europe and America, with the arms of the soon-to-be-exiled Queen of Spain, Maria Anna of Neuburg and Giovanna Pignatelli d’Aragona (1666-1723), 7th Marquesa of the Valley of Oaxaca, heir to the conquistador Hernán Cortés at top and bottom; some scratches to title, contents generally crisp, disbound, inserted in the limp parchment binding of another book of the same period, a.e.g., 8 x 5 3/4 in.

The first 142 unnumbered pages in this posthumous work consist of laudatory verse and letters in praise of de la Cruz’s work and life by contemporary admirers and colleagues, male and female. This is followed by the first edition in print of de la Cruz’s Respuesta a Sor Filotea de la Cruz, in which she argues in defense of a woman’s right to study secular and religious texts.

European Americana 700/149; Medina BHA III:2013; Palau 65226; Sabin 36814; rare at auction.

Estimate

$4,000 – $6,000

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Women, Literature, England, 18th Century, Seven Volumes.

Including: Charles Gildon’s (1665-1724) The Post-Boy Robb’d of his Mail, London: by B. Mills for John Sprint, 1706, contemporary boards, old rebacking, sewing compromised; Edward Ward’s (1667-1731) Nuptial Dialogues and Debates, London: Printed by H. Meere for T. Norris et alia, 1710; two volumes, mixed set; Madame du Noyer [aka Anne Marguerite Petit’s] (1663-1719) Letters from a Lady at Paris to a Lady at Avignon, London: for W. Mears and J. Browne, 1716, later half leather; A New Miscellaney of Original Poems, London: for T. Jauncy, 1720, including contributions from Mrs. Manley, engraved frontispiece portrait, contemporary binding in rough shape, artlessly rebacked; Mary de la Rivière Manley’s The Power of Love: in Seven Novels, London: Printed for C. Davis, 1741, repairs to title page, modern binding, aeg, library stamp to verso of last leaf; [and] Charles Pigott’s (d. 1794) The Female Jockey Club, London: Printed for D.I. Eaton, No. 74, Newgate-street, 1794, sixth edition, with corrections and material additions; all volumes octavo, not collated for completeness. (7)

Estimate

$300 – $500

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Challe, Robert (1659-1721)
Les Illustres Françoises Histoires Veritables.

The Hague: Chez Abraham de Hondt, 1715.

Two 12mo volumes, earliest edition located is 1713, same publisher; title pages printed in red and black, bound in uniform contemporary speckled calf, spines tooled in gilt, with labels, some chips at head and tail, bindings dry; ex libris Gower Earl Gower, with his engraved armorial bookplates inside both front boards and blind-tooled emblem of the Order of the Garter on both boards; 6 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (2)

Rare at auction, one copy of this edition listed in Worldcat.

Challe’s very popular libertine novel consists of interlocking stories of romance between sets of lovers. A framed narrative, with an assemblage of differing voices, it presents an interesting picture of French culture’s take on women in in this period. “[Les Illustres Françoises] features exceptional heroines whose passions are told in seven tender and violent stories, subtly unified by the bonds forged between heroes, narrators and listeners.” (cf. Geneviève Artigas Menant’s Robert Challe au Carrefour des Continents et des Cultures, Paris: Hermann, 2013.)

Estimate

$300 – $500

19th Century