St. Louis: F.B. Dickerson, 1885. First Edition. Hardcover. Large 8vo. Publisher's cloth. Illustrations throughout. 528 pp.
Binding is tender. Wear to cloth. 3 pages are loose and laid in, and several are chipped around the edges. A fair copy.
This is an uncommon first edition book by Chicago newspaperwoman Martha Louise Rayne (1836-1911). Rayne wrote for and edited several newspapers and journals in her long career, including the Chicago Tribune and Detroit Free Press, and published multiple novels, etiquette books, and Chicago guidebooks. In 1886, she founded what is generally agreed to be the first women's school for journalism in Detroit. This book is an exploration of careers that were available to women at the time, as well as a selection of poetry and prose by women to serve as inspiration to the budding writer. A fascinating volume. Fair. Item #2751