Chicago: Mrs. Lucy E. Parsons, 1889. First Edition. Lucia Eldine Gonzalez Parsons (ca 1853-1942), wife of the Haymarket martyr Albert Parsons, was of mixed Mexican, Native American and African-American heritage; she was born in Texas, the child of slaves, and was once described in a Chicago police bulletin as "more dangerous than a thousand rioters." Far from being merely a helpmeet to her more infamous husband, Lucy Parsons was a major revolutionary force in her own right, editor of her own Anarchist journal (Freedom) in the 1890s, a popular public speaker, and a vocal member of the founding convention of the militant IWW in 1905.
In the present biography, (though perhaps more of an "anthology" as described by Glenn), Lucy Parsons presents evidence that her husband, though an anarchist, was not responsible for the Haymarket bomb. Includes histories of the labor movement by Albert Parsons and George Schilling, as well as reprinted newspaper articles and correspondence, the text of Otis Favor's affidavit against bailiff Ryce, and William P. Black's funeral eulogy. GLENN 322; NURSEY-BRAY 660. Octavo (22.5cm.); publisher's burgundy decorative cloth embossed in black and gilt, all edges stained red, floral endpapers; ,xxviii,,254pp.; engraved portrait frontispiece and 12 leaves of plates, including three facsimiles. Extremities a bit worn and corners bumped with some brief exposure of boards, light soil, spine cloth faded, front hinge cracked but holding, early 20th-century bookplate to front pastedown of a Henry Lovins and slightly later ownership rubberstamp Julius A. Lovins at head of Contents page. Still, an About Very Good copy, better than often seen.