Cambridge, MA: 2015. Artist's book, one of three copies, all on BFK etching paper for drypoints and computer Graphix Plastic Matte Film for text, signed by the artist / author on the Introduction page, "Jean Segaloff." Page size: 7-7/8 x 12 inches; 44pp. + Introduction and Table of Contents. The 22 hand-colored drypoint etchings of the 22 women's rights advocates are each preceded with a page of text and a quotation by the woman portrayed. Bound by Cynthia Fields-Belanger of Gold Leaf Bindery in blue cloth over boards with silver posts connecting front and back boards as in vintage photo album, yellow label on front penal printed in black on yellow label with title and artist / author, label mounted on marbled paper which matches endpapers, housed in custom-made black cloth over boards clamshell box lined with purple and blue silk, outside edges of box also purple silk, label printed in gold gilt on black morocco label on spine of box. Second copy bound by Erin Fletcher of HerringBone Bindery: blue chromo book cloth over boards with brass posts as if a vintage photo album, label printed in black on white with black and white decorative border, yellow border for all, hand-marbled blue and yellow Hahnemuhle Ingres paper, guards of elephant hide paper, from Zanders Mill, housed in custom-made black cloth over boards clamshell box, white label printed in black on spine, red cloth edges.
The artist / author tells the reader that this book had a long gestation. As a young feminist in the 1960, she describes being a part of the Second Wave of American feminism, marching and demonstrating with her fellow advocates. Her respect and admiration for the first wave of American feminists resulted in this book with visual and verbal portraits of 22 American women. Each visual portrait is an original drypoint etchings, hand water colored, each on a gesso and gouache ground. The short biography, which appears printed at the top of a sheet of Matte Film, has a quotation from the feminist pictured at the bottom of this sheet. It is printed in bold, as is the feminist's name. The colored etching of the women is visible through this sheet of Matte Film, as if the reader is looking through a veil. The women are all imbued with a frank countenance gazing out, unflinchingly, at the reader / viewer. There is an element of charm and appeal in all. The brief biographies sum up a lifetime of achievement, against great odds, for each and every woman. The quotations are often witty, with more than a touch of humor, and certainly serve as an excellent precis for the women to whom they are attributed. Susan B. Anthony's well-known quotation, "It was we, the people; not we, the white male citizens: nor yet we, the male citizens; but we, the whole people, who formed the Union...Men, their rights and nothing more; women, their rights and nothing less." is the perfect example. Alva Vanderbilt Belmont's statement is, "Just pray to God. She will help you". Harriot Stanton Blatch is quoted, "Unpaid work never commands respect; it the paid worker who has brought to the public mind the conviction of women's worth." The women included herein are: Lucretia Mott, Margaret Fuller, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Amelia Jenks Bloomer, Lucy Stone, Julia Ward Howe, Susan B. Anthony, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Matilda Joslyn Gage, Victoria Claflin Woodhull, Frances Willard, Tennessee Celeste (Tennie) Claflin, Anna Howard Shaw, Ida Husted Harper, Alva Erskine Smith Vanderbilt Belmont, Harriot Eaton Stanton Blatch, Alice Stone Blackwell, Carrie Chapman Catt, Charlotte Perkins Stetson Gilman, Ida Bell Wells Barnett, Alice Stokes Paul, Inez Milholland Boissevain.
This is a beautiful book, thoughtfully and carefully written and produced, worthy of the revolutionary women included herein and as good a picture of the women who have shaped our world as I've encountered. Item #10967