The Philistine. A Periodical of Protest. February, 1909. Marilla Ricker.

The Philistine. A Periodical of Protest. February, 1909

East Aurora, NY: The Roycrofters, Elbert Hubbard, Publisher, 1909. Wraps. Good. Item #013788
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Yellow printed wraps. A single issue of this little magazine from the turn of the century, featuring essays and philosophical/literary musings on culture, society, art and literature, as well as short aphorisms and sayings throughout. Perhaps of note is a biographical essay by Marilla Ricker on Robert G. Ingersoll, reflecting on his political career and importance to the country through his advocacy of a variety of political ideals. This essay appears to vary somewhat from the one she wrote on Ingersoll in an earlier issue of the Philistine. Marilla M. Ricker was the first woman admitted to the NH bar as well as being admitted to the bar in Washington DC in 1882. She pushed for prison reform, and worked free of charge for many of her clients. Ricker was also a strong advocate for women's suffrage, being the first woman to attempt to vote in New Hampshire, arguing that she had a right to do so as a property owner in Dover, NH. She also was a key figure in the freethought movement. Founded by Hubbard after his 'bitter experience with the New England intellectual and literary elite,' the Philistine was at first intended as a 'one-off jibe at the establishment.' (MacLeod: American Little Magazines of the 1890s). Published through the Roycrofters community in New York, the magazine eventually became a vehicle for Hubbard to express his political and cultural views, while incorporating the Arts and Crafts aesthetic popular at the time, into printing and layout. GOOD condition. General browning to the wraps. Ingersoll in ink to the upper front cover. Slight discoloration to the upper left corner. Interior rather browned.

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