The Woman’s Bible, part I–The Pentateuch

The Woman’s Bible, part I–The Pentateuch

Collection ID

BIB.004999

Type

Bible - Printed Book

Date

1898

Geography

United States

Language

English

Medium

Printed on paper

Dimensions

9.3 × 6.2 × 0.9 in. (23.5 × 15.7 × 2.2 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. This copy is the third edition of Part I.

Printed in 1898 by European Publishing Company, New York City. Acquired in the 1900s by the Stetson Free Public Library, possibly in Stetson, Maine.[1] Acquired by the early 2000s by an anonymous owner; Purchased at auction by 2004 by Rebecca Dodson, private collector, Tennessee;[2] Purchased in 2019 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Notes: [1] The inside front cover bears the library stamp of a “Stetson Free Public Library” and is numbered “vol. 269.” Museum of the Bible reached out to several libraries under this name but was unable to uncover any additional information. [2] Rebecca Dodson purchased this book on eBay from an anonymous owner between 2000 and 2004. It was later mentioned in the magazine Antiques Roadshow Insider (see Antiques Roadshow Insider 13.10 [October 2013], 10).

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. This copy is the third edition of Part I.


provenance

Printed in 1898 by European Publishing Company, New York City. Acquired in the 1900s by the Stetson Free Public Library, possibly in Stetson, Maine.[1] Acquired by the early 2000s by an anonymous owner; Purchased at auction by 2004 by Rebecca Dodson, private collector, Tennessee;[2] Purchased in 2019 by Green Collection, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Notes: [1] The inside front cover bears the library stamp of a “Stetson Free Public Library” and is numbered “vol. 269.” Museum of the Bible reached out to several libraries under this name but was unable to uncover any additional information. [2] Rebecca Dodson purchased this book on eBay from an anonymous owner between 2000 and 2004. It was later mentioned in the magazine Antiques Roadshow Insider (see Antiques Roadshow Insider 13.10 [October 2013], 10).


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