Women

Dorothea HOLLINSThe Veiled Figure and Other Poems.

London, Edinburgh & Oxford, Williams and Norgate, 1895.

8vo, publisher’s chocolate buckram boards, large abstract Art Nouveau design stamped in gilt on first side, red edges. 87pp. Complete.

First Edition.

A collection of poems by Dorothea Hollins, an English suffragist and important activist in the British Women’s Peace Movement during the First World War.

A wealthy member of the Women’s Labour League, she suggested that women could interpose themselves between the warring trenches, proposing the creation of a Women’s Peace Expeditionary Force formed of at least one thousand women leaving for the front and living in the trenches between the fighting hostile armies: “Let this unarmed force […] dressed in a quiet grey uniform, and carrying a white banner whose symbol should be a dove […] When thousands of men are dying for their country in a cause they understand little of, […] cannot we women lay down our lives for a mighty cause? […] The Women’s Crusade must be international […] Let us get French, Belgian, America and even German women to join us if we can”. However her appeals were not answered (Stanislav Tumis, The British Women’s Peace Movement during World War I. A Contribution towards the Study of British Appeasement).

Striking binding design.

A fine copy.

Price: 400,00 euros

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