Chicago: Sheldon, Blakeman and Company
S. C. Griggs and Company, 1857. First Edition of author's first book. 342pp; + 10 full page engravings; original brown blind and gilt-stamped cloth with title and publisher in gilt on spine, corners bumped and a bit rubbed, spine with a bit of chipping, text is lightly foxed and browned as are plates, about very good.
Harriet E. Bishop (1817-1883), teacher and missionary, was St. Paul's first public school teacher, first arriving at the Minnesota outpost when it was a trading post among the Sioux Indians containing approximately 20 families, of which three were American. As early as 1869 she was active on behalf of woman suffrage and that year was chosen a vice-president of the Equal Rights Association. She married John McConkey in 1858 and was divorced from him in 1867. She died in California in 1883, unknown, although she had fulfilled her mission to bring evangelical Protestantism and culture to the Midwestern frontier. FLORAL HOME is the first of her three books on her life in Minnesota; it was followed by DAKOTA WAR WHOOP in 1863 and MINNESOTA THEN AND NOW in 1869. Sabin 5604. BAL I, p. 151. Stanton et al. HISTORY OF WOMAN SUFFRAGE, Vol. II, p. 381. Item #9762