Ulah, and Other Poems (SIGNED BY HER SISTER EMILY COOLEY)
Buffalo, NY: H.H. Otis, 1861. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. 4 7/8 X 7 1/2 Inches. 309 PP. Very Good. Item #5918
First printing of author's first book. Jones was a mid-19th Century pioneer who stands out for both her vocal support of women's rights as well as her achievements in literature and in business. Her "Jones Process" for canning goods, which she created with the help of Professor Leroy Cooley was awarded a United States patent in 1873. THIS BOOK SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY EMILY COOLEY, LEROY'S WIFE AND JONES' SISTER. She later founded the Women’s Canning and Preserving Company and furthered her feminist agenda by hiring only women and stating that, “This is a women’s industry…Give men whatever work is suitable, but keep the governing power. This is a business training school for working women..."
Jones was known at the time for her short haircut, which seems simplistic in today's world but would have been viewed as distinctly masculine in the mid 1800's. She founded a business run solely by and for women and excelled in the world of science, which was generally regarded as unsuitable work for women. In addition, much of her writing reflects her own personal female perspective on worldly events and the Civil War in particular. Original brown cloth binding. Light foxing and toning. An excellent copy of a book that is widely overlooked today.