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A Wheel Within a Wheel. How I Learned to Ride the Bicycle. With Some Reflections by the Way. Illustrated

by Frances E. Willard

A remarkable book written by the educator, temperance reformer and women's suffragist, Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard (1839-1898). Basing on her own experience in learning to ride the bicycle, Willard here delivers a veritable theory of life, constantly linking the learning process of bicycling with life itself, finding correspondences between the technique of riding a bicycle and that of living. For Willard, they both are the same: both requiring courage, balance, persistence, and, in the end, both bringing rewarding results and satisfaction if carried on properly. While chronicling her experience with learning how to ride, she also "found a whole philosophy of life in the wooing and winning of my bicycle" (p. 25) Through reading Willard's volume on life and on bicycle riding, the modern reader can better relate to how the bicycle was connected to, and a symbol of, women's rights and suffragism. 75 pages. 4.75 x 7 inches.

FIRST EDITION. Illustrated with black & white plates featuring photographs and a line drawing.

Published by: Fleming H. Revell Company, New York, Chicago, Toronto, 1895.

Hardback is overall in GOOD+ condition.

  • Volume is in good+ condition mostly due to some overall water damage to covers and interior.
  • Green covers feature text and filigree in silver and light green on front.
  • Binding is secure.
  • Water damage contributes to light rippled warping to front board and some staining to covers. Pastedowns are wrinkled and light evidence of damp stain within. Top 3" of text block fore edge is darkened, some speckling fades to head of text block, and several illustrations exhibit marginal damp stain along length that includes light warping. Text block is stiff along fore edge where affected by water damage. (See photos)
  • Corners are lightly bumped and barely rubbed.
  • Spine features silver text, light bumping to head, with more dramatic bumping and rubbing at foot where there is some fraying and possible tiny chips.
  • Illustrations are overall well-preserved, excepting noted water damage.
  • Frontispiece features black & white portrait photograph of the author, and is protected with tissue guard displaying some foxing and edgewear.
  • Front and back feps exhibit some pencil writing and owner's sig. (See photos) 
  • Inside pages are free of writing and intentional marks. 
  • Interior shows minimal overall toning, with light warping from damp.
  • Inked head of textblock is faded along with water flecking, and other edges are dusty.
  • Book may exhibit additional minor signs of age or wear.
  • SC20180502

AS IS! Please see photos. More photos available upon request.

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Binding: Hardcover
Original/Facsimile: Original
Special Attributes: 1st Edition
Region: North America
Language: English
Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
Subject: Biography & Autobiography
Topic: Suffragism
Place of Publication: New York Chicago Toronto
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Year Printed: 1895
Author: Frances E. Willard
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