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129226
WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.

A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:...

With Strictures on Political and Moral Subjects.

Availability: In stock

Published: London printed for J. Johnson, 1792

Stock Code: 129226

£17,500
OR On display in 43 Dover Street

Notes

First edition, a well-preserved uncut copy, of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (17591797) argued in her groundbreaking manifesto that the rights of man and of woman were one and the same thing. Her demand for "justice for one-half of the human race" was too revolutionary for her time, but she found a following among radicals and educated women, and succeeded in initiating a new regard for women as an important social force. Wollstonecraft preached that intellect would always govern, and she sought "to persuade women to endeavour to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonimous sic with epithets of weakness".
A second edition was published the same year, but a planned second volume was never written, not least because Wollstonecraft's confidence had been severely shaken by her tumultuous affair with Gilbert Imlay. Five years later she met and married William Godwin and died giving birth to their daughter Mary, future author of Frankenstein.

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Description

Octavo (226 x 136 mm). Rebound in recent black full morocco, spine lettered in gilt with raised bands, uncut.

Condition

A small, recoloured area of wear to front board, minor perforation from paper flaw to sig. E3, a few tiny ink marks to pp. 133 and 140, horizontal tear to M3 skilfully repaired, lower margins of gatherings P–R faintly dampstained, else a very good copy, the contents bright and clean excepting the odd mark.

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