(Women's Movement), (Blackwell, Elizabeth (1821-1910), Her Copy), Tennyson, Alfred, Poems, London: Edward Moxon and Co., 1859, gilt tooled morocco by Edmonds & Remnants, 8vo, inscribed to flyleaf "Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell with the grateful regards of Mr. and Mrs. Smalley, New York, Feb. 15, 1864," and to next endpaper with later presentation inscription stating "This copy of Tennyson was given to Aunt Elizabeth by George W. Smalley, assistant editor of the New York Times. He married the exquisitely pretty daughter of the nurse who looked after Wendell Phillips's family for a long time.", (extremity wear, hinges with small cracks, spotting, drill hole through top of front board, extending through p. 55).
Note: Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, noted humanitarian and highly important pioneer of women's rights, was the first woman to obtain a medical degree in the United States. Dr. Blackwell suffered great prejudice in pursuit of her career in America; she was often barred from classrooms, offices, and even declined lodging. During the Civil War, she, along with her sister Emily, and another female physician, Dr. Marie Zakrzewska, founded their own infirmary in New York City, the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, where they also trained many nurses, and other women desirous of pursuing further medical education. She was a great proponent of women's eduction, and an outspoken abolitionist and suffrage proponent (she was sister-in-law to suffragist Lucy Stone). In 1869, along with her friend, Florence Nightingale, she opened the Women's Medical College in England.