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  1. 116565

    Women Who Work.

    First edition, first impression, of this survey of women workers in inter-war Britain. Learn More
    £95

    Date of Publication: 1937

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 116565

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  2. 116482
    signed

    S.C.U.M. Society for Cutting Up Men Manifesto.

    With a commentary by Paul Krassner.
    First edition, first printing. Number 4 of 20 copies reissued in the printed "Other Criteria X Artist Selected Rare Book" slipcase and signed by the artist Sue Webster on the stamped and numbered half-title. Other Criteria, the publishers founded by Damien Hurst in 2005, invited a selection of their artists to name a single out-of-print book that has influenced their work, shaped their thinking or encouraged them to create. Learn More
    £250

    Date of Publication: 1968

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 116482

    Signed: Yes

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  3. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.

    Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.

    (Series: Victorian Lady Travellers in Asia).
    First edition, a new publication, "the result of a long-term project to identify, collect and annotate the more than 250 works published by western women during the Meiji era (1868-1912)" (General Introduction), with an index of authors. The work is divided into four chapters, covering Tourists and Travelers, Missionaries, Sojourners, and Writers. Published as part of the series Victorian Lady Travellers in Asia, by Eureka Press of Tokyo. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 2016

    Published: Tokyo

    Stock Code: 114202

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  4. Daily Bread.

    Daily Bread.

    Jacket rubbed, and separated at the spine at the front, light toning of contents, but overall very good.
    Unique "book" by Pares, made for and dedicated to the man who was to become her second husband, Robert Christopher Bradby. Comprises a series of well-finished whimsically satirical sketches, broadly on the the themes of women's work, fashions, and domestic life; the frontispiece showing the artist pavement-sketching - a pint of beer! - beneath signs, declaring "All me own work" and "Through no fault of my own", her future husband - identified by the initials on his attaché case - passing by, drops a couple of pennies in her hat with a curt aspersion. Learn More
    £3,000

    Date of Publication: 1935

    Published: Hampstead, London

    Stock Code: 114035

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  5. The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.

    The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.

    First edition of this landmark in British legislation for the rights of women, protecting married women against physical abuse and neglect, and allowing custody of children to deserted wives. Consolidating the 1878 Matrimonial Causes Act and the 1886 Married Women (Maintenance in the Case of Desertion) Act, it extended the power of magistrates in cases where husbands wilfully neglected to maintain their wives and families, providing "the basic grounds for maintenance and separation orders that were in force until the 1960 Act introduced modifications (Smart, p. Learn More
    £600

    Date of Publication: 1896

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 114011

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  6. Women and Social Injustice.

    Women and Social Injustice.

    First edition, one of 2000 copies, of this collection of Gandhi's writings aimed at women, discussing the status of Indian women in society and championing equal rights: "he is of the opinion that subservience to man or any power on earth need not be if we realise our inner strength" (p. v.). "While emphasising the complementary roles of men and women, Gandhi made it absolutely clear that women were in no way inferior to men. Learn More
    £375

    Date of Publication: 1942

    Published: Ahmedabad

    Stock Code: 113991

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  7. Gift from the Sea
    signed

    Gift from the Sea

    First edition, first printing, presentation copy inscribed in the year of publication on the front free endpaper, "For Helen and Hanson Baldwin from Anne Lindbergh - March 1955", and additionally signed on the title page. Hanson Weightman Baldwin (1903-1991) was military editor of the New York Times, and won the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the early days of World War II. Learn More
    £1,500

    Date of Publication: 1955

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 113787

    Signed: Yes

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  8. "Ladies' fencing and gymnastics in Victorian West London - album of material assembled by gymnastics teacher Katherine Woodward, including original illustration by Alice B. Woodward, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings."

    "Ladies' fencing and gymnastics in Victorian West London - album of material assembled by gymnastics teacher Katherine Woodward, including original illustration by Alice B. Woodward, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings."

    Intriguing personal album of material assembled by gymnastics teacher Katherine Woodward, including original illustrations by Alice B. Woodward, photographs, programmes, newspaper cuttings, the items dating from between 1890 and 1897. Katherine Woodward came from a prosperous and highly-cultured Victorian family in West London. Her father Henry Bolinbroke Woodward (1832-1921) was Keeper of Geology South Kensington, and editor of the Geological Magazine from its commencement in 1864 until the end of 1918; and her sister was the well-known illustrator Alice B. Learn More
    £3,250

    Date of Publication: 1890

    Published: London:

    Stock Code: 113338

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  9. A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; occasioned by his Reflections on the Revolution in France.

    A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; occasioned by his Reflections on the Revolution in France.

    [Bound with:] (MACAULAY, Catherine). Observations on the Reflections of the Right Hon. Edmund Burke, on the Revolution in France. In a Letter to the Right Hon. the Earl of Stanhope. [And with:] (ANON.) Thoughts on Government: occasioned by Mr. Burke's Reflections, &c. in a Letter to a Friend.
    First edition of each work, a highly interesting assemblage of three works relating to Burke's controversial Reflections on the Revolution in France, also published in 1790. "Mary's fervour for the principles of the Revolution developed rapidly and was unmixed with any doubts; having learnt her politics from the Dissenters, she continued to adopt their attitudes and followed their particular struggles sympathetically. Learn More
    £12,500

    Date of Publication: 1790

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110724

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  10. My War Experiences in Two Continents.

    My War Experiences in Two Continents.

    Edited by her niece, Mrs. Lionel Salmon (Betty Keays-Young).
    First edition. Macnaughtan was already a successful novelist when war began in 1914 and she travelled to Belgium to volunteer as a nurse, having previously worked in the Balkans, South Africa and London's East End. She served courageously during the siege of Antwerp and later joined Hector Munro's ambulance unit. In 1915 she travelled to Russia with the Red Cross "but once there found herself frustrated by official delays; her attempt in February 1916 to serve in Persia was aborted by what proved fatal illness", and she died later that year (ODNB). Learn More
    £225

    Date of Publication: 1919

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 110280

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  11. The Women of Turkey.

    The Women of Turkey.

    And Their Folklore. With an ethnographical map and introductory chapters on the ethnography of Turkey; and folk-conceptions of nature, by John S. Stuart-Glennie. [Volume 1:] Christian Women. [Volume 2:] Jewish and Moslem Women.
    First edition, uncommon in the original cloth. "Lucy Garnett travelled extensively in the Balkans and Middle East, recording the customs of the people among whom she lived. In Smyrna, and later in Salonica, she learned Greek and Turkish; her familiarity with demotic Greek led to a collaboration with the folklorist John Stuart Stuart-Glennie … Her most important achievement was the documentation and comparative study of Balkan folk literature, which is still valuable when detached from the dubious theories of ‘scientific' folklore with which Stuart-Glennie tended to preface and gloss her work. Learn More
    £1,250

    Date of Publication: 1890

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 109714

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  12. The Subjection of Women.

    The Subjection of Women.

    First edition, "the last of [Mill's] great political tracts" and his "most unpopular and bitterly contested" work (ODNB). Mill had long been a women's rights advocate, having been influenced by the thinking of his father, the Utilitarian philosopher James Mill, and by his long friendship with, and then marriage to, the philosopher Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858), a passionate advocate for equality. Learn More
    £2,250

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108992

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  13. A Road to Fairyland.
    signed

    A Road to Fairyland.

    First edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Dr Marie Stopes (1880-1958), though best known today for her contributions to palaeontology, her pioneering work on birth control, and her manual Married Love, was also a prolific writer of novels, poems and fairy stories. Scarce in the jacket. Learn More
    £750

    Date of Publication: 1926

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 108358

    Signed: Yes

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  14. Emma McChesney & Co.
    signed

    Emma McChesney & Co.

    First printing
    First edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "To Louis, with more real love than would be fitting, perhaps, to confess on a flyleaf. Edna Ferber. New York, December 12, 1915." This is the final volume in the Emma McChesney trilogy by the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Show Boat and Giant. Ferber achieved her first great success with the Emma McChesney stories, which were originally published in American Magazine between 1911 and 1913. Learn More
    £275

    Date of Publication: 1915

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 103604

    Signed: Yes

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  15. The Pin-Up. A Modest History.

    The Pin-Up. A Modest History.

    With a foreword by Joan Nicholson.
    First edition, first printing. Review copy, with press releases laid-in, anticipating some backlash against the publication: "In an age when women's lib posters loudly proclaim "Women Are Not Chicks", how does a publisher get away with putting out a lavishly illustrated book called The Pin-Up: A Modest History. Answer: he doesn't. But he mollifies the legitimate female opposition by asking a prominent feminist to write a Foreword assessing the book and the whole phenomenon of pin-ups from her point of view. Learn More
    £425

    Date of Publication: 1972

    Published: New York

    Stock Code: 103523

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  16. The Subjection of Women.

    The Subjection of Women.

    First edition, "the last of [Mill's] great political tracts" and his "most unpopular and bitterly contested" work (ODNB). Mill had long been a women's rights advocate, having been influenced by the thinking of his father, the Utilitarian philosopher James Mill, and by his long friendship with, and then marriage to, the philosopher Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858), a passionate advocate for equality. Learn More
    £2,500

    Date of Publication: 1869

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 103455

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  17. Gsta Berlings saga.
    signed

    Gsta Berlings saga.

    First edition, first impression of Lagerlöf's first novel. Presentation copy inscribed by Lagerlöf to Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med taeksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf". Lagerlöf (1858-1940) was the first woman to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (1909), as well as the first woman to become a member of the Swedish Academy. Learn More
    £4,500

    Date of Publication: 1891

    Published: Stockholm

    Stock Code: 103054

    Signed: Yes

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  18. Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men,

    Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men,

    to Retain them in Political, and Thence Civil and Domestic, Slavery; in Reply to a Paragraph of Mr. Mill’s Celebrated “Article on Government”.
    First edition of one of the most important works in the history of feminism and "one of the classics of early nineteenth-century feminist literature" (ODNB). "No book published before his time on this subject, even the famous work of Mary Wollstonecraft, is at once so broad and comprehensive and so direct and practical as Thompson's Appeal" (Richard K. Learn More
    £5,500

    Date of Publication: 1825

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 102519

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  19. Remember Me.

    Remember Me.

    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Date of Publication: 1976

    Published: London

    Stock Code: 100372

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  20. The Handmaid's Tale.
    signed

    The Handmaid's Tale.

    First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed to E. L. Doctorow on the half-title: "For Edgar Doctorow, with thanks! Margaret Atwood, 1986." The book was first published in Canada the preceding year. With the publisher's publicity postcard laid-in. Learn More
    £4,250

    Date of Publication: 1986

    Published: Boston

    Stock Code: 100266

    Signed: Yes

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