New York City: The Charlton Company, 1914.
Hardcover. First edition. Volume 5, in original publisher’s boards, of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s groundbreaking monthly magazine, *The Forerunner*, acquired from Gilman’s estate. Tall octavo. pp. 336, [4 (contents)]. Illustrated terra cotta cloth stamped in black. Light scattered staining to the edges of the boards and fore-edge, modest toning to the outer edges of the endleaves, front joint is partially split (holding tight), very good.
Written entirely by Gilman, The Forerunner featured serialized novels, short fiction, essays, articles, and verse; and was published by her with the aim of stirring one to action “upon the Progress of Women”. This volume contains the first appearance of the feminist novel *Benigna Machiavelli*, and the extended critical essay *Social Ethics*. Both the novel and essay appear here serialized and complete in twelve issues (January-December, 1914). A scarce copy in original boards. According to information provided by Gilman's estate, less than 200 hardcover copies of each volume of the Forerunner were printed.