MISS DOROTHEA L. DIX And HER LIFE - WORK. Dorothea Lynde - Subject. Kennard Dix, Caroline, 1802 - 1887, ugusta. 1827 - 1907.


(n. p.): (n. d.). 1st printing (presumed), ca late 1887 / early 1888. 24 pp. 12mo. 7-13/16" x 4-13/16". Printed pale green paper covers, stapled. Now housed in an archival mylar sleeve. Covers a bit age-toned & soiled from handling. Very Good. Item #45658

Dix, now known as a social reformer, was born to a poor family in Hampden, Maine, and as an adult, initially made her way by being a teacher & through her writings. Severe illness during the late 1820s / early 1830s forced a lifestyle change, which coupled with an inheritance late that decade, freed her from her literary drudge work, allowing her to turn her attentions to a new focus: treatment of the mentally ill. She was tireless in her efforts, such as finally obtaining federal funds for the New Jersey State Hospital in Trenton. Her social work was interrupted by the Civil War, when Dix was appointed Superintendent of U. S. Army nurses. In this arena, her subsequent outstanding service was acknowledged by Secretary Staton, who presented Dix with two national flags. After the war, she returned her considerable energies to again working for the treatment reform of the mentally ill. She finally retired from this crusade at the age of 79, setting in Trenton NJ for the years remaining in her life.

The author, Caroline Kennard, a well known American amateur scientist and advocate of women's rights.

An uncommon memorial volume, published not too very long after Dix's death; OCLC records 7 holding institutions, none west of the Rockies.

Price: $175.00