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GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins.


[In:] The Forerunner. A Monthly Magazine. Vol. VI. Nos. 1-12.

New York: The Charlton Company, January - December 1915 Stock Code: 130959
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Her feminist utopia, inscribed to a fellow suffragist

First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in 12 issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.

Park (1861-1961) was a leader of the California suffrage movement and spent her long life actively campaigning for a variety of social issues, including pacifism, prison conditions, education, labour laws, and conservation. Her primary interest, however, was in women's rights; she was instrumental in gaining the vote for Californian women in 1911, almost a decade before women's suffrage was recognised at a federal level. Park was also the author of the Equal Guardianship Law in California, adopted in 1913, which granted women equal rights of guardianship over their children, and was appointed delegate to a number of national and international suffrage conventions. After attending one such conference in the Hague in August 1913, Park travelled to England where she picketed Holloway Prison to protest the jailing of Emmeline Pankhurst. Park's papers are at the Huntington Library, and her collection of suffrage posters was donated to the Schlesinger Library at Harvard in 1950.

Herland, a witty novel which follows three young men as they discover a utopia inhabited by an all-female race, first appeared across 12 issues of volume 6 of The Forerunner, a magazine launched by Gilman in November 1909 and published monthly until December 1916. Annually it contained one complete novel, one nonfiction book, several short articles, and a number of poems, sermons, news commentary, book reviews, and short stories. In her autobiography Gilman wrote that in The Forerunner she "had said, fully and freely, the most important things I had to say" (The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, p. 327).

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Tall octavo. Original brick-red pictorial cloth, spine and front board stamped in black. Housed in a black quarter morocco solander box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Small ownership stamp of the Alice Park Collection to front pastedown. Spine ends lightly rubbed, faint dampstain to bottom edge of front free endpaper, first leaf, and last third of book block, the occasional crease to leaves, else a tight, near-fine copy.


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