Woman Suffrage and Woman's Profession
Catharine E. Beecher. Hartford: Brown & Gross, 1871. Inscribed by the author.
Catharine Beecher (1800-1878) was a member of the formidable Beecher family, and one of the nineteenth century's leading advocates for women's education. Her widely-read and frequently re-printed books Treatise on Domestic Economy (1841) and The American Woman's Home; or, Principles of Domestic Science (1869) encouraged women to take a leadership role in managing their family's domestic life, including finances and children's education. Although considered by many to be a radical woman's rights advocate, she was not a supporter of voting rights for women. In Woman Suffrage and Woman's Profession, her first major treatise on voting, she argues that women should focus their energies on improving areas of society within their control, and leave the business of government to men.
The book is in the original blue cloth binding. The book's hinges are
loose, resulting in the front and back boards being only loosely attached
to the textblock. In addition, one of the pages has become detached while
others are loose, and the spine is torn in a number of places. The restoration
work will repair the hinges, clean and restore the cloth binding, and
re-attach the loose pages.