The Woman’s Bible, part I–The Pentateuch

The Woman’s Bible, part I–The Pentateuch

Collection ID

BIB.004998

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1896

Geography

United States

Language

English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

9.4 × 6.2 × 0.6 in. (23.8 × 15.7 × 1.5 cm)

Exhibit Location

Not on view


The Woman’s Bible was the controversial work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a committee of women scholars and activists. The campaign for women’s rights, particularly the right of women to vote, gathered increasing momentum in late nineteenth-century America. Stanton was at the forefront of this movement. However, opposition was scathing, especially among clergymen, who often quoted the Bible to justify women’s subservient status. Stanton responded with The Woman’s Bible, which reprinted passages related to women along with commentaries that asserted the equality of men and women. The book sparked outrage, but it became a best seller. Part I appeared in 1895. Part II followed in 1898. Stanton inscribed this copy of the second edition of Part I for her friend and fellow suffragist Elizabeth McClintock Phillips.

Printed in 1896 by European Publishing Company, New York City; Acquired in 1896 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, New York; Gifted around 1896 to Elizabeth McClintock Phillips, New York.[1] Acquired by 2004 by Sallie Murphy, bookdealer, New Jersey; Purchased at auction in 2004 by Rebecca Dodson, private collector, Tennessee; Purchased in 2019 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Notes: [1] Stanton inscribed her note to Phillips on the front free endpaper.

description

The Woman’s Bible was the controversial work of Elizabeth Cady Stanton and a committee of women scholars and activists. The campaign for women’s rights, particularly the right of women to vote, gathered increasing momentum in late nineteenth-century America. Stanton was at the forefront of this movement. However, opposition was scathing, especially among clergymen, who often quoted the Bible to justify women’s subservient status. Stanton responded with The Woman’s Bible, which reprinted passages related to women along with commentaries that asserted the equality of men and women. The book sparked outrage, but it became a best seller. Part I appeared in 1895. Part II followed in 1898. Stanton inscribed this copy of the second edition of Part I for her friend and fellow suffragist Elizabeth McClintock Phillips.


provenance

Printed in 1896 by European Publishing Company, New York City; Acquired in 1896 by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, New York; Gifted around 1896 to Elizabeth McClintock Phillips, New York.[1] Acquired by 2004 by Sallie Murphy, bookdealer, New Jersey; Purchased at auction in 2004 by Rebecca Dodson, private collector, Tennessee; Purchased in 2019 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Notes: [1] Stanton inscribed her note to Phillips on the front free endpaper.


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