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  1. 125578
    First Dublin edition, the fourth overall, first published in London in 1788. With two pleasing female gift inscriptions, the first on the half-title dated 1792 from Elizabeth Pim to Anne Jackson, who in turn re-presented the book half a century later in 1842 to her niece Elizabeth Garrat.
    Original Stories was Mary Wollstonecraft's... Learn More
    £2,750

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  2. 125728
    First edition, uncommon complete as here, of this charming set of instructive tales for children by the French bluestocking Alida de Savignac (1790-1847). Volume I comprises three stories, each bound separately: La Petite Malade imaginaire; Juliette à Rome, ou les histoires du temps passé; and Camille. Volume II is divided... Learn More
    £1,250

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  3. 131142
    First edition 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... Learn More
    £18,500

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  4. 129234
    A complete set of the most popular suffragette card game, Panko, charmingly illustrated by Punch cartoonist Edward Tennyson Reed. The pack is split into two halves, with the illustrations for the four Suffragist suits heightened with purple and green colouring, depicting iconic suffragettes bearing the Votes for Women scroll... Learn More
    £1,500

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  5. 125685
    First edition, first impression, of the author's only novel, and most uncommon in such nice condition. The Bell Jar, released on 14 January 1963, just five weeks before Plath died, was published pseudonymously by Plath to avoid offending her mother, who appears in the novel thinly-disguised. It was not published under Plath's... Learn More
    £10,000

    Stock Code: 125685

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  6. i1
    First edition, first impression, of Lagerlöf's debut novel, presentation copy, inscribed by the author to her Danish translators Ida Falbe-Hansen and her partner Elisabeth Grundtvig on the front flyleaf of Volume I: "Frkr Falbe Hansen och Grundtvig med tacksamhet och tillgifvenhet, från förf", with their pencil marginalia... Learn More
    £4,500

    Stock Code: 103054

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  7. 61763comp
    First trade edition, service de presse copy. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the half-title "Pour Raymond Federman avec amitîé Hélène Cixous". The recipient was French-American novelist, essayist and Beckett critic Raymond Federman (1928-2009), who edited a number of Cixous's critical essays on Beckett.... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 61763

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  8. 131558comp
    The Pioneer Policewoman..."> First edition, first impression. Presentation copy, inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper, "with every good wish, from Mary S. Allen", with an autograph note loosely inserted, "Hoping you will accept this - If in your part of the world I will certainly let you know. M. S. Allen". The Pioneer Policewoman... Learn More
    £1,750

    Stock Code: 131558

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  9. 130959comp

    Herland.

    New York: January–December 1915

    Park..."> First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in twelve issues of Gilman's magazine The Forerunner; this copy warmly inscribed by the author to the American suffragist Alice Locke Park, "Charlotte Perkins Gilman with love and honor for her friend Alice Park", on the front free endpaper.
    Park... Learn More
    £15,000

    Stock Code: 130959

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  10. 130782
    First edition, first printing, in the extremely uncommon dust jacket; the first such copy that we have handled, and to our knowledge the only jacket recorded as appearing in commerce for either the first UK or US edition. The Suffragette, acknowledged by Sylvia Pankhurst's biographer to be her "best known work" (Harrison),... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 130782

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  11. 130721comp
    Gender Studies is a series of portraits first exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf featuring the "sound design" of Frederic Sanchez, included here on CD. In 2011 Rheims posted an advertisement on Facebook looking for..."> First edition, first printing, signed by the artist on the half-title, "Bettina Rheims, 2015, Paris". Gender Studies is a series of portraits first exhibited in 2012 in Düsseldorf featuring the "sound design" of Frederic Sanchez, included here on CD. In 2011 Rheims posted an advertisement on Facebook looking for... Learn More
    £300

    Stock Code: 130721

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  12. 130071
    First edition, first impression, of the Rossetti sisters' pseudonymously published semi-autobiographical memoir of their experiences as teenagers in the late 19th-century anarchist underground movement in London. The titular narrator Isabel Meredith shuns her comfortable Victorian home for the life of a revolutionary only... Learn More
    £675

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  13. 130069
    First edition in book form, first impression, a rare survival of Holdsworth's best-known work, "a combination of Marxist-feminist rhetoric and adaptation of the popular rags-to-riches romance" (Goodridge & Keegan, p. 324). It first appeared in print as a serialisation in The Daily Herald (October 1923) and, like all of Holdsworth's... Learn More
    £650

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  14. 128641
    First edition, first impression. Ray (Rachel) Strachey (1887-1940), was a feminist activist, politician and writer. During the First World War her activism shifted its focus from suffrage to the question of women's employment, leading her to organise the Women's Service, the history of which is detailed in this work. "She... Learn More
    £150

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  15. 128582
    First edition, first impression, of Hamilton's play celebrating women throughout history, including Joan of Arc, Sappho, and Boudica. The pageant was first performed at the Scala Theatre in London on 10 November 1909 and was quickly staged all over Britain. It was first directed by the actress, producer, and daughter of... Learn More
    £375

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  16. 127491
    First edition, notably rare, of the revolutionary French socialist and feminist's critique of London following her 1839 visit to England, emphasising the city's poverty crisis as a symptom of the English capitalist system, and written in the fluent reportorial style for which Tristan became best known. OCLC locates just... Learn More
    £6,500

    Stock Code: 127491

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  17. 126697
    First edition of Lytton's own account of her suffragette experiences, principally a damning indictment of conditions in prisons, written with her left hand after a stroke left her paralysed in 1912. After visiting suffragettes imprisoned in Holloway gaol in 1909, Lytton joined the WSPU and thereafter was a fervent lobbyist,... Learn More
    £175

    Stock Code: 126697

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  18. 125391
    ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions..."> First edition of the "full and fascinating account" (ODNB) of the traveller and working-class nurse Betsi Davis's colourful life. It is notably scarce in commerce we can trace just one copy at auction, in 2017 and somewhat uncommon institutionally, Copac locating ten copies, OCLC adding a further four institutions... Learn More
    £1,500

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  19. 120826
    A leaflet produced by the WSPU regarding the conditions of Emmeline Pankhurst's imprisonment after the window-smashing demonstration in Westminster of 1 March 1912. In this leaflet Dr Ethel Smyth's (1858-1944) letter to the Times, dated 17 April 1912, is reprinted. In this letter Dr Smyth provides an account of the conditions... Learn More
    £225

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  20. 130083
    Printed leaflet produced for the memorial service of Emily Wilding Davison, certainly some of the earliest suffragette propaganda to align her death with martyrdom for the cause. Davison died on 8 June 1913 from injuries received after being hit by the King's horse while protesting at the Epsom Derby four days prior; her... Learn More
    £675

    Stock Code: 130083

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  21. Cold Comfort Farm.
    Proof copy of Gibbons' classic parodic novel. Learn More
    £2,250

    Stock Code: 98079

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  22. 124891
    First edition of one of the more extraordinary novels of the 18th century, much admired by Lamb, Leigh Hunt and Hazlitt, who described John Buncle as "the English Rabelais", saying of the author, "the soul of Francis Rabelais passed into... Amory" (The Round Table, XVIII, 1817); a new edition was published in 1825 "very... Learn More
    £950

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  23. 125420
    First edition. Godwin's touching and frank account of his wife Mary Wollstonecraft's life marks an important step in the development of the art of biography. The details of her sexual liaison with Imlay, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, and her suicide attempts, all scandalized contemporary readers for whom biographies... Learn More
    £3,500

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  24. 128652
    First edition, first impression, of Strachey's biography of Fawcett, written shortly after her death. Ray Strachey (1887-1940) was a feminist activist, politician and writer, involved in a number of Women's Labour societies. She worked closely with Fawcett throughout her life, and was secretary of the NUWWS from 1915 to... Learn More
    £325

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  25. 52144comp
    First edition. This copy with the bookplate of Butler Place to the front pastedown, and the publishers' 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. Sarah Butler Wister was the eldest daughter of... Learn More
    £650

    Stock Code: 52144

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  26. 120686
    £250

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  27. 120937
    First edition. Jardine (d. 1799), a Royal Artillery officer, was for much of his career stationed in Gibraltar, from where he conducted a mission to the sultan of Morocco, Muhammad III, in 1771; after the end of his active military career in 1776 he became a British agent in Spain. His Letters are "notable for their defence... Learn More
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  28. 117133
    First edition, first printing, of this collection of speeches delivered in 1870 by the important and influential nineteenth-century American educator. Beecher, sister to Uncle Tom's Cabin author Harriet Beecher Stowe, was a key advocate of women's education opportunities. She founded The American Woman's Educational Association... Learn More
    £500

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  29. 117229
    First US edition, first printing, of the English domestic moralist's advice book "written exclusively for her own sex". First published in London in 1931, this edition includes the "Advertisement to the American edition" which assures readers that "the English copy has been followed without the slightest alteration". "Believing... Learn More
    £250

    Stock Code: 117229

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  30. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.
    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,... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 114202

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  31. Daily Bread.

    Daily Bread.

    Hampstead, London: 1935

    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 themes of women's work, fashions, and domestic life; the frontispiece showing the artist pavement-sketching - a pint... Learn More
    £3,000

    Stock Code: 114035

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  32. 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... Learn More
    £600

    Stock Code: 114011

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  33. 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.
    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,... Learn More
    £12,500

    Stock Code: 110724

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  34. .
    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... Learn More
    £425

    Stock Code: 103523

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  35. Emma McChesney & Co.
    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... Learn More
    £275

    Stock Code: 103604

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  36. 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... Learn More
    £2,500

    Stock Code: 103455

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  37. .
    First edition, first impression. Learn More
    £50

    Stock Code: 100372

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  38. Memoirs of the Life of Agrippina, the Wife of Germanicus.
    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. She is sceptical about the claims... Learn More
    £500

    Stock Code: 81656

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  39. 39546
    First Edition. Scholarly analysis of the genre, such classics as Packard, Agnew, Marian, also more recent examples Kate Millett and Janet Frame. Learn More
    £85

    Stock Code: 39546

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