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[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.

London: for J. Johnson, 1790 Stock Code: 119354
£8,750.00
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An important precursor to A Vindication of the Rights of Women

First edition, the first of several replies disputing the controversial and conservative assumptions made in Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, also published in 1790, and an important precursor to A Vindication of the Rights of Women, published two years later. "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. On 4 November, the anniversary of the 1688 Revolution in England, Dr Price delivered a sermon at the Old Jewry meeting house This speech and action of Price's set off a chain reaction of events in England. Burke was so infuriated by it that he started work on his Reflections on the Revolution in France Mary read them at once, and seeing the principles she had so unhesitatingly taken up as her own under attack, and a smear set upon the good name of her beloved benefactor and teacher Dr Price, she was in a fury of indignation The tone was impatient, the arguments sketchy. But it was redeemed by its dominant emotion, a humanitarian sympathy for the poor, and by a passionate contempt for the wilful blindness of the privileged to what kept their system going" (Tomalin, pp. 93-5).

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Description

Octavo (220 x 132 mm). Recently bound in buff cloth-backed blue boards to style.

Illustrations

Bristol University bookplate to front pastedown, small blind stamps to title and last page, remnants of small label to lower corner of front pastedown, with Wollstonecraft named as author in manuscript on the title page.

Condition

Extremities lightly rubbed, rear backstrip a little stained, some minor foxing to contents, small nick to fore edge of leaves D8 and F7, overall an excellent copy.

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