Chicago: Alice B. Stockham & Co., 1900. First Edition. First printing. Cloth issue. Square 12mo (18cm x 14cm). Original blue cloth boards, titled in gilt on spine and front cover; 140pp; portrait frontispiece. Pages 85-140 contain "The New Spirit" by Havelock Ellis; with separate title page and color frontispiece. Clean, tight, and sound; Very Good or better. There was a simultaneous issue in paper-covered boards.
An introduction to the Christian-pacifist-anarchist philosophy of Tolstoi, written and published by Chicago physician and sexual hygienist Alice Bunker Stockham. Stockham (1833-1912) graduated from the Eclectic Medical College of Cincinnati and was the fifth woman to be accredited as a medical doctor in the United States. She was a vocal and prolific advocate for women's reproductive and sexual health, publishing numerous instructional works for women (many under her own imprint) including Tokology (1883); Karezza: Ethics of marriage (1896); and Boy Lover (1904). She was also a champion of spritual healing and New Thought, a genre into which the current work falls. This appears to be the first American printing of Havelock Ellis's first book, The New Spirit, originally published in London, 1890.