ADDAMS, Jane. TWENTY YEARS AT HULL-HOUSE WITH AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NOTES. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1910. First edition, inscribed on the ffep.; while the recipient's name is not quite legible, it is clearly signed: "Comp of the author" Jane Addams. Illustrations by Norah Hamilton and photographs of Addams and others. xviii,462,[2] pp. + [4] pp. pub.'s adv. Octavo, brick cloth, lettered in gilt at spine and upper board, color illustration laid-down on upper board. Internally clean, though there are small abraded patches on the frontisp. and t.p., where they had once been stuck together, and one leaf has a marginal chip just touching a couple of lines of text on p. 425. The cloth binding is moderately soiled and a bit rubbed all over, worn at edges, sunned at spine and chipped at the head; hinges are cracked and the volume is shaken in binding. Only a good copy, but inscrobed.
Addams (1860-1935) was a pioneering social reformer and peace activist who worked primarily in Chicago, but her influential ideas were felt throughout the United States and beyond. She and her colleagues documented tenement conditions, sweatshops, and child labor; she worked for the reform of the corrupt Chicago municipal system and fought for the special treatment of children by the courts. In 1889 she found Hull-House settlement which grew to include a day nursery, gymnasium, dispensary and playground, cooking and sewing courses, and a co-operative boarding house for working girls. In 1931 she was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace with Nicholas Murray Butler of Columbia University; it was the first time the Nobel Prize was awarded to an American woman.