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Howe, Julia Ward. A birth day anniversary, May xxvii MDCCCXIX–MDCCCLXXXIX. [Boston: L. Prang & Co., 1889]. 4to (30.5 cm, 12").  pp. $175.00
Howe described herself at the moment she completed her most famous work — the "Battle Hymn of the Republic" — as "feeling that something of importance had happened to me." The lyric, which was set to the tune of "John Brown's Body," was originally published in the Atlantic Monthly, and was reproduced here in honor of the author's birthday. While the iconic anthem was and remains her best-known work, Julia Ward Howe (1819–1910) was a prolific and prominent American poet, lecturer, and activist who dedicated her long life to advocating for women's suffrage as well as abolitionism. The New England Women's Club, which she was responsible for organizing, was one of the earliest women's clubs in the United States.
Below her essay on the origins of the "Battle Hymn" is a facsimile of her signature. All of this is printed in blue and orange with decorations of green and orange laurel wreaths, and green and orange lilies, on a single heavyweight sheet folded to make four pages. WorldCat locates => only three institutional copies (University of Massachusetts, University of Virginia, Rollins College), but we know of another at Harvard.
BAL 9478. Folded sheet as above with very minor wrinkling to outside corners, one tiny dark spot to front, and the faintest bit of age-toning along edges. Clean, strong, and handsome, and a fitting tribute. (38801) Please RESHELVE This.
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