Boston & London: George H. Ellis, 1898. Hardcover. 8vo (9 in, 22.9 cm). xvi, 517 pp.; frontis. port.
First edition: Pioneering doctor and social reform activist, Isabel Chapin Barrows (1845-1913) was the first American woman stenographer for congressional committees. Prison reform activist, Barrows replaced her husband at the International Prison Congress. Topics include soldiers' and sailors' homes, prison reform, epilepsy, insanity, child-saving, reform work, charity organization, outdoor relief, municipal and county charities, the feeble-minded, deserted children, social settlements, moral reform, and tramp laws.
American National Biography, Vol. 2, 246-7. Original brown cloth, gilt lettering to spine, panels in blind to covers. Frontispiece portrait of Alexander Johnson, conference president, 1897. Caps lightly creased. Well-preserved, tight, clean, and square first edition. Near fine. Item #1065