Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    Violet Oakley. The Holy Experiment. A Message to the World from Pennsylvania. Philadelphia: Privately Printed, [1922]. One of 500 copies for subscribers signed by Oakley. This is copy number 41. Large folio (22.5 x 15 inches; 570 x 385 mm.). Text loose as issued, printed in red and black after Oakley's original calligraphy. With twenty two tipped-in illuminated full color plates. Publisher's full tan goat, front board stamped in dark brown and gilt, rear board stamped in dark brown, with two brass clasps at the fore-edge of the boards. Some rubbing, mild soiling, some minor edgewear to text. Very good.

    Laid-in is the original prospectus, subscription card, a typed letter signed by the printer, Edith Emerson, and the multilingual translation Supplement volume (in wrappers, translating the text into French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese).

    Violet Oakley (1874-1961) was the first American woman awarded a public art commission. She was also the first woman to be awarded a Gold Medal of Honor from the Pennsylvania Academy of Art. Her murals may be found in public buildings all over Philadelphia.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    5th Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 17
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 258

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    25% on the first $300,000 (minimum $49), plus 20% of any amount between $300,000 and $3,000,000, plus 12.5% of any amount over $3,000,000 per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 8 days left to consign to the 2020 May 3 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - New York !

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    2019 December 14 Historic Flags of World War II Signature Auction - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,016,674