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  1. Women Who Work.
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    Women Who Work. 1937

    £95

    First edition, first impression, of this survey of women workers in inter-war Britain. Read more

  2. 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.
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    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. 1890-7

    £3,250

    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 …Read more

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

    Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion. 2016

    £275

    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 …Read more

  4. Daily Bread.

    Daily Bread. 1935

    £3,000

    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 …Read more

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

    The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895. 1896

    £600

    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 …Read more

  6. Women and Social Injustice.

    Women and Social Injustice. 1942

    £375

    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 …Read more

  7. Gift from the Sea

    Gift from the Sea 1955

    £1,500

    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 …Read more

  8. 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. 1790

    £12,500

    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 …Read more

  9. The Subjection of Women.

    The Subjection of Women. 1869

    £2,250

    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 …Read more

  10. 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, 1825

    £5,500

    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 …Read more

  11. The Subjection of Women.

    The Subjection of Women. 1869

    £2,500

    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 …Read more

  12. My War Experiences in Two Continents.

    My War Experiences in Two Continents. 1919

    £225

    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 …Read more

  13. The Women of Turkey.

    The Women of Turkey. 1890-1

    £1,250

    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 …Read more

  14. A Road to Fairyland.

    A Road to Fairyland. 1926

    £750

    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 …Read more

  15. Gösta Berlings saga.

    Gösta Berlings saga. 1891

    £4,500

    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 …Read more

  16. Emma McChesney & Co.

    Emma McChesney & Co. 1915

    £275

    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 …Read more

  17. Come to the Cook-house Door!

    Come to the Cook-house Door! 1932

    £450

    First edition. Uncommon, particularly so in the jacket. Just four copies on COPAC, OCLC adds five. This copy inscribed on the second blank; “Good wishes from Juliet de Key Whitsed, May 1935”. Illuminating and entertaining diaries of “adventure and work” of a VAD in Salonika …Read more

  18. The Pin-Up. A Modest History.

    The Pin-Up. A Modest History. 1972

    £425

    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: …Read more

  19. Remember Me.

    Remember Me. 1976

    £50

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  20. The Handmaid’s Tale.

    The Handmaid’s Tale. 1986

    £4,250

    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. Read more

  21. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.

    The Life and Loves of a She-Devil. 1983

    £45

    First edition, first impression. Read more

  22. Sapper Dorothy Lawrence. The Only English Woman Soldier.

    Sapper Dorothy Lawrence. The Only English Woman Soldier. 1919

    £300

    First edition. Uncommon, just eight copies on COPAC. Lawrence was living in Paris at the outbreak of the First World War, and contacted several London newspapers offering to act as a war correspondent, “but all the editors she contacted refused to employ a woman to …Read more

  23. Cold Comfort Farm.

    Cold Comfort Farm. 1932

    £2,250

    Proof copy of Gibbons’ classic parodic novel. Read more

  24. The Cause

    The Cause 1928

    £125

    First edition. A handsomely bound copy of this work by Strachey (1887-1940), a political activist and equality feminist who also sought a seat in Parliament thrice, in 1918, 1922, and 1923. Her work “is regarded as the classic history of the women’s movement in Britain …Read more

  25. The Sadeian Woman.

    The Sadeian Woman. 1979

    £450

    First UK edition, first impression. Signed by the author on the title page. Originally published in the US the previous year. Read more

  26. An Unfortunate Mother’s Advice to her Absent Daughters; in a Letter to Miss Pennington.

    An Unfortunate Mother’s Advice to her Absent Daughters; in a Letter to Miss Pennington. 1761

    £2,500

    This first edition of three in the same year is decidedly uncommon, ESTC lists just a dozen copies, six of them in the UK. What little is known of Lady Pennington is drawn from the present work, “a curious combination of conduct manual and scandalous …Read more

  27. A Room of One’s Own.

    A Room of One’s Own. 1929

    £5,750

    First edition, first impression. Number 315 of 492 numbered copies signed by the author on the half-title. A Room of One’s Own is Woolf’s feminist literary manifesto, in which she assesses the history of women as writers and the challenges they have faced, notes the …Read more

  28. A Room of One’s Own.

    A Room of One’s Own. 1929

    £3,850

    Signed limited edition, number 414 of 492 numbered copies signed by the author on the half-title. A Room of One’s Own is Woolf’s feminist literary manifesto, in which she assesses the history of women as writers and the challenges they have faced, notes the effects …Read more

  29. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.

    Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus. 1804

    £500

    First edition. Hamilton (1756?–1816) was a Belfast-born novelist and essayist. She is best-known for her writings on the philosophy of education. In her Memoirs of Modern Philosophers of 1800 a “popular satirical attack on what she perceived as the excesses of contemporary radical thought. …Read more

  30. Is He Popenjoy? A Novel.

    Is He Popenjoy? A Novel. 1878

    £1,000

    First edition, first impression, of this elusive Trollope title which includes his famously prejudiced satire against the women’s rights movement. Read more

  31. Worthy women of our first century.

    Worthy women of our first century. 1877

    £650

    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publisher’s presentation inscription; “Mrs. Owen J. Wister with respects of the Publishers.” to the first blank. As well as co-editing, Mrs. Wister contributes a piece on Deborah Logan. …Read more

  32. Questions of Power.

    Questions of Power. 2002

    £85

    First Edition. Scholarly analysis of the genre, such classics as Packard, Agnew, Marian, also more recent examples Kate Millett and Janet Frame. Read more

  1. New Arrival
    Women Who Work.
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    BEAUCHAMP, Joan. BEAUCHAMP, Joan.

    Women Who Work.

    £95

  2. New Arrival
    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.
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    WOODWARD, Katherine. WOODWARD, Katherine.

    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.

    £3,250

  3. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.
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    KLEIN, Ronald D. KLEIN, Ronald D.

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

    £275

  4. The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.
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    LUSHINGTON, S. G., & Guy Lushington. LUSHINGTON, S. G.,...

    The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.

    £600

  5. Women and Social Injustice.
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    GANDHI, Mahatma K. GANDHI, Mahatma K.

    Women and Social Injustice.

    £375

  6. 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.
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    (WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.) (WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.)

    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.

    £12,500

  7. The Subjection of Women.
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    MILL, John Stuart. MILL, John Stuart.

    The Subjection of Women.

    £2,250

  8. Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men,
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    THOMPSON, William [and Anna Wheeler]. THOMPSON, William [and...

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

    £5,500

  9. The Subjection of Women.
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    MILL, John Stuart. MILL, John Stuart.

    The Subjection of Women.

    £2,500

  10. My War Experiences in Two Continents.
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    MACNAUGHTAN, Sarah Broom. MACNAUGHTAN, Sarah Broom.

    My War Experiences in Two Continents.

    £225

  11. The Women of Turkey.
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    GARNETT, Lucy M. J. GARNETT, Lucy M....

    The Women of Turkey.

    £1,250

  12. Gösta Berlings saga.
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    LAGERLÖF, Selma. LAGERLÖF, Selma.

    Gösta Berlings saga.

    £4,500

  13. Emma McChesney & Co.
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    FERBER, Edna. FERBER, Edna.

    Emma McChesney & Co.

    £275

  14. Come to the Cook-house Door!
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    WHITSED, Juliet de Key. WHITSED, Juliet de...

    Come to the Cook-house Door!

    £450

  15. The Pin-Up. A Modest History.
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    GABOR, Mark. GABOR, Mark.

    The Pin-Up. A Modest History.

    £425

  16. Remember Me.
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    WELDON, Fay. WELDON, Fay.

    Remember Me.

    £50

  17. The Handmaid’s Tale.
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    ATWOOD, Margaret. ATWOOD, Margaret.

    The Handmaid’s Tale.

    £4,250

  18. The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.
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    WELDON, Fay. WELDON, Fay.

    The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.

    £45

  19. Sapper Dorothy Lawrence. The Only English Woman Soldier.
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    LAWRENCE, Dorothy. LAWRENCE, Dorothy.

    Sapper Dorothy Lawrence. The Only English Woman Soldier.

    £300

  20. Cold Comfort Farm.
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    GIBBONS, Stella. GIBBONS, Stella.

    Cold Comfort Farm.

    £2,250

  21. The Sadeian Woman.
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    CARTER, Angela. CARTER, Angela.

    The Sadeian Woman.

    £450

  22. An Unfortunate Mother’s Advice to her Absent Daughters; in a Letter to Miss Pennington.
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    PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah. PENNINGTON, Lady Sarah.

    An Unfortunate Mother’s Advice to her Absent Daughters; in a Letter to Miss Pennington.

    £2,500

  23. A Room of One’s Own.
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    WOOLF, Virginia. WOOLF, Virginia.

    A Room of One’s Own.

    £5,750

  24. A Room of One’s Own.
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    WOOLF, Virginia. WOOLF, Virginia.

    A Room of One’s Own.

    £3,850

  25. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.
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    HAMILTON, Elizabeth. HAMILTON, Elizabeth.

    Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.

    £500

  26. Is He Popenjoy? A Novel.
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    TROLLOPE, Anthony. TROLLOPE, Anthony.

    Is He Popenjoy? A Novel.

    £1,000

  27. Worthy women of our first century.
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    WISTER, Mrs. O.J. [Sarah Butler Wister]... WISTER, Mrs. O.J....

    Worthy women of our first century.

    £650

  28. Questions of Power.
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    HUBERT, Susan J. HUBERT, Susan J.

    Questions of Power.

    £85

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