1889 CARRIER DOVE - OCCULT SPIRITUALIST MYSTICAL FEMINIST REFORM Weekly 52 ISSUES Published in San Francisco
THE CARRIER DOVE - AN ILLUSTRATED WEEKLY JOURNAL DEVOTED TO SPIRITUALISM AND REFORM. Volume VI, Numbers 1 - 52, 1889. Edited by JULIA SCHLESINGER.
A rare Occult, Spiritualist, Mysticism, Feminist, Suffragette journal, edited by the quite incredible woman Julia Schlesinger.
This Volume VI contains 52 weekly issues for the full year 1889.
Published by Julia and Dr. L. Schlesinger, [the Library of Spiritual Experience], San Francisco, California, January 5, 1889 through December 28, 1889.
Hardcovers, full brown Morocco leather, decorated in gilt on both the front and rear cover and spine, professionally rebacked (large portion of original spine laid in), patterned endpapers, all edges gilt. Pagination: , 830 pages (issues paginated consecutively)..
VERY GOOD condition: The covers are rubbed and scraped along the edges and the boards have some rubbing, the board of the front cover is slightly bowed, overall the covers are quite attractive, sturdy with bright gilt. Internally the pages are mildly toned, otherwise tight, bright, clean and unmarked. A solid, attractive, very presentable copy.
RARE and IMPORTANT collection of issues relating to Spirituality, Occultism, and Women's Rights in San Francisco and California. Almost impossible to find in its original edition.
About The Carrier Dove gathered from various online sources):
******In September 1883, The Carrier Dove was started in Oakland, by Mrs. J. Schlesinger, as a lyceum paper. It soon became a first class illustrated magazine. It was the first spiritual magazine in the world that made a specialty of publishing portraits and biographical sketches of prominent Spiritualists.
After being issued for three and a half years as a monthly, it was changed into a weekly (circa 1887)...The Dove continued until 1893...when the name was changed to the Pacific Coast Spiritualist. The publication ceased not long after.
The Carrier Dove was strongly in the feminist reform camp and itself functioned as an example of the move towards fields in which women could support themselves financially, in the case of the journal as job printers. (The Carrier Dove was printed by the "Women's Co-Operative Printing Union" in San Francisco.). In its last years the journal carried regular articles by E.D. Babbitt, W.E. Coleman, Helen Wilmans, Moses and Mattie Hull and Lois Waisbrooker, each volume containing pictures and biographies of leading spiritualists, novelettes, poetry, letters from readers, all supplemented by exhortations on woman's suffrage and the wonders of socialism and utopianism led by women. Each issue also contained numerous advertisements of the day, some rather interesting.******
******Mrs. Julia Stevens Fish Schlesinger, editor and publisher of The Carrier Dove, formerly a Spiritualist weekly for children, expanded her Oakland publishing business to San Francisco in the 1880s. The Women's Co-operative Printing Union landed this plum commission. Soon, The Carrier Dove was second only to Emily Pitts Stevens' The Pioneer, the first suffrage publication in the West, as a journal promoting women's rights. The Dove, therefore, pushed forward women's right to vote in California.******
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