New York: B. W. Dodge & Company. 1908. First Edition, First Printing. Hardcover. First Edition. Octavo, original green pictorial cloth designed and lettered in black and white. Of two noted bindings, this is presumably the first state; an issue in grey cloth with black lettering and green designs also exists. Frontispiece & 11 plates, and many illustrations in the text.  pp. Spine just slightly canted, light rubbing to white chalk areas on front panel, a very good bright copy. Formerly, Canadian women's rights activist, jurist, magistrate and author Emily Murphy's copy, signed by her on the front free endpaper, dated Edmonton, December, 1908. Very Good. Item #303428
¶ Prehistoric novel, with fabulous illustrations by the author. Emily Murphy (1868 - 1933) was a Canadian women's rights activist. In 1910, she was the first woman appointed to the board of Edmonton Hospital. In 1916, she became the first woman magistrate in Canada, and in the British Empire. She was also appointed as Judge of the Juvenile Court of Edmonton, hence is sometimes referred to as Judge Murphy. She is best known for her contributions to Canadian feminism, specifically to the question of whether women were "persons" under Canadian law. Victory in this important legal case resulted in women being eligible to stand for election as well as confirming her own right to serve on the bench. She campaigned for the 1917 Dower Act, which established that a wife has a legal entitlement to one-third of her husband's estate. From 1913 to 1920, she was President of the Canadian Women's Press Club. She is honored with a statue on Parliament Hill, Ottawa.
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