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GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. Herland.
New York : January - December 1915First edition, the first appearance of Gilman's feminist utopian novel Herland, complete in 12 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 (1861-1961) was... Learn More£15,000.00
Stock Code: 130959
MARTÍN DE CÓRDOBA, Fray. Jardin de las nobles donzellas.
Medina del Campo : 1542Rare second edition, effectively the only obtainable printing, of this book of advice for Queen Isabel of Spain, a pro-feminist treatise in the "mirror for princes" tradition, which instructed and entertained "with references to the popular contemporary controversy of the battle between the sexes" (Goldberg, p. 126).
Fray Martín taught at the University... Learn More£30,000.00
Stock Code: 139886
DIXIE, Florence. Gloriana;
London : 1890First edition of this quite remarkable feminist utopian novel from the twilight of Victoria's reign, the title recalling Edmund Spenser's soubriquet for Elizabeth I. "In Dixie's Gloriana (1890), the heroine's transformation from New Woman, to cross-dressing Prime Minister, and, finally, to rational-dresser and feminist icon of the future, functions... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 123824
LE GUIN, Ursula K. The Left Hand of Darkness.
New York : 1969First edition, first printing, signed by Le Guin on the title page. This Ace paperback edition precedes Walker's hardback that came out later in the same year. This science fiction classic was Le Guin's first major success, and a pioneering text in the field of feminist science fiction.
Part of the Hainish cycle, it follows the adventures of a solitary... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 140212
HALDANE, Charlotte. Man's World.
London : 1926First edition, sole impression, of this rare and significant dystopian novel by feminist author Charlotte Haldane (1894-1969), her first book. Charlotte was a journalist with the Daily Express from 1920, and was a vocal advocate for divorce reform, employment for married women, and access to contraception. In 1924 she interviewed the biologist J. B.... Learn More£6,000.00
Stock Code: 136919
GABOR, Mark. The Pin-Up. A Modest History.
New York : 1972First 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... Learn More£500.00
Stock Code: 141058
STAËL, Madame de (Anne-Louise-Germaine). De l'Allemagne.
London : 1813The first published in Paris in 1810, but the edition was suppressed by Napoleon as "un-French", with perhaps a handful of copies surviving, this being the first available edition. Exiled from France in 1803 for her Revolutionary opposition to Napoleon's elevation to First Consul, she travelled widely in Europe. De l'Allemagne, considered by many to... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 140970
[DRAKE, Judith.] An Essay in Defence of the Female Sex.
London : 1696Second edition, published the same year as the first, of "one of the greatest works of early modern 'feminism'" (Smith, p. 727), already in its third edition by 1697.
Anonymously published, and previously attributed to Mary Astell or Jane Barker, the Essay is now generally credited as the work of author and medical practitioner Judith Drake... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 140062
(WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.) HAYS, Mary, and others. The Annual Necrology for 1797-8.
London : 1800First edition, and sole volume, of this ambitious project to record obituaries of notable persons on an annual basis. The most significant memoir recorded here is the 49 page obituary of Mary Wollstonecraft by the feminist biographer Mary Hays (1759-1843). Hays received a copy of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman upon its publication... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 123651
WOOLF, Virginia. Three Guineas.
London : 1938First edition, first impression. Written as a companion piece to her earlier essay, A Room of One's Own, Woolf addresses how women can influence and prevent the rise of militarism, even though they are excluded from education, professional employment, and the public sphere. Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 138941
MARTINDALE, Hilda. Women Servants of the State 1870-1938.
London : 1938First edition, first impression of this overview of women in the British civil service, written by Hilda Martindale (1875-1952). In 1907, she joined the Home Office as a factory inspector and later moved to the Treasury, where she would remain until retirement. Martindale was a vocal advocate for improving working conditions, particularly for women,... Learn More£75.00
Stock Code: 140135
(EROTICA.) Love and Safety;
[London/Paris?] : 1896An early edition of this exceptionally rare and remarkably obscene women's guide to all matters pertaining to sexual pleasure, the avoidance of pregnancy, and the simulation of virginity. Editions of Love and Safety were still being printed in the 1960s, but this is a truly rare early edition, with no copies traced in institutional or auction records.
The... Learn More£1,350.00
Stock Code: 139400
GILMAN, Charlotte Perkins. Charlotte Perkins Gilman: Under the Exclusive Management of James B. Pond, "The Pond Bureau".
New York : c.1924]Promotional brochure advertising Charlotte Perkins Gilman's next projected US lecture tour, offering single lectures or courses on her many areas of expertise (listed as ethics, economics, education, the woman question, the child, and general subjects), outlining a series of suggested course structures, and concluding with press commentary on her various... Learn More£900.00
Stock Code: 139355
STRACHEY, Ray. The Cause.
London : 1928First edition, first impression, a scarce presentation copy, inscribed on the front free endpaper "To Edith Badcock with love from Agnes & Ray Christmas 1928". "Agnes" is Strachey's close friend and fellow suffrage campaigner Agnes Garrett (1845-1935), older sister of Millicent Garrett Fawcett, to whom the book is dedicated.
Agnes also had a hand... Learn More£1,000.00
Stock Code: 139283
(WOMEN'S EDUCATION.) Silver English charity school "Learn of Us" medal.
[London] : 1885A beautifully engraved award medal, the central beehive design very skilfully rendered and the whole in impressively crisp, clean condition, presented to the fourteen-year-old student Sarah Noble in 1885 by the Sir John Cass Charity School of Aldgate, London.
The English merchant and philanthropist Sir John Cass (1661-1718) founded a co-education... Learn More£1,500.00
Stock Code: 138670
WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:
London : 1792First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) 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... Learn More£25,000.00
Stock Code: 137762
[WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.] Original Stories, from Real Life;
Dublin : 1792First Dublin edition, the fourth overall, first published in London in 1788. With two 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 only work written directly... Learn More£2,750.00
Stock Code: 125578
SAVIGNAC, Alida de. Les Contes Bleus.
Paris : [c.1830]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 identically: La Veillée;... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 125728
VAN ETTEN, Ida M. The Condition of Women Workers Under the Present Industrial System.
[New York : 1891]First edition, one of two 1891 printings, of Van Etten's address, one of the first serious attempts to secure safe conditions and better working hours for women in the underground garment industry. The other 1891 printing was published in Washington, DC by the Globe Printing Company; no priority has been established. The copyright for both printings... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 133013
(WOMEN'S EDUCATION.) The Association for Promoting the Education of Women in Oxford. A run of twenty-three issues of its Report.
Oxford : 1894-1919A set of important reports published by the pioneering Association for Promoting the Higher Education of Women (AEW), containing a mass of historical information relating to the state of women's education in Oxford at the height of the suffragette agitation. The earliest is dated 1894-95, the latest 1918-19; each spans from October of one year to the... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 124133
THE BANKER'S DAUGHTER. Family archive illustrating the consequences of bankruptcy.
London : [c.1803-1871]A fascinating and varied archive which vividly illustrates the ramifications of bankruptcy upon family life, comprising financial, promotional, and personal documents related to the late Regency-era performer Mary Radcliff Chambers, "the Banker's Daughter", who took up an onstage career to revive her family's fortunes after the collapse of her father's... Learn More£4,000.00
Stock Code: 128644
TUCKWELL, Gertrude M., & others. Woman in Industry from Seven Points of View.
London : 1908First edition of this important resource on women's social history, a collection of expanded lectures "of special value to those who are engaged in the work of attempting to elevate the position of the working woman" (preface). The work comprises the following contributions: the British trade unionist and magistrate Gertrude Tuckwell on the regulation... Learn More£85.00
Stock Code: 131231
(WOMEN'S SUFFRAGE; HUNGER STRIKES.) Hunger strike medal awarded to Elsie Wolff van Sandau.
London : March 1912Hunger strike medal awarded by the WSPU to Elsie Wolff van Sandau, complete with the original presentation box, the printed dedication on the silk-lined inner lid reading, "Presented to Elsie Wolff van Sandau by the Women's Social and Political Union in recognition of a gallant action, whereby through endurance to the last extremity of hunger and hardship... Learn More£27,500.00
Stock Code: 134407
(BODICHON, Barbara.) CHAPMAN, John, Editor. The Westminster Review.
London : 1865-1870A selection of volumes of the Westminster Review from the library of Barbara Bodichon, the artist and women's activist, with her Scalands Gate stamps. "Barbara was an extremely striking young woman, tall, with vivid expression and golden-red hair. She had several suitors, but in 1855 both her personal attractions and her wealth attracted the attention... Learn More£2,500.00
Stock Code: 123361
(WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary.) GODWIN, William. Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman.
London : 1798First 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 were expected to be glowing... Learn More£3,500.00
Stock Code: 125420
WOLLSTONECRAFT, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman:
London : 1792First edition of the first great feminist treatise. Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) 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... Learn More£17,500.00
Stock Code: 134373
ATWOOD, Margaret. The Handmaid's Tale.
Boston : 1986First US edition, first printing. Presentation copy, inscribed to her friend the American novelist E. L. Doctorow (19312015) 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£4,250.00
Stock Code: 100266
ROBINS, Elizabeth. 'Where Are You Going To...?'
London : 1913First UK edition, first impression, of Robins's popular anti-white-slavery novel, written in the wake of the controversial passage of the Criminal Law Amendment Act in 1912 and at a time when the women's suffrage movement was drawing attention to the topic of prostitution. On the first blank a facsimile reproduces the note, " - Every incident in this... Learn More£200.00
Stock Code: 137503
[WHEELER, Anna, &] THOMPSON, William. Appeal of One Half the Human Race, Women, Against the Pretensions of the Other Half, Men,
London : 1825First 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... Learn More£5,500.00
Stock Code: 102519
[JARDINE, Alexander.] Letters from Barbary, France, Spain, Portugal, etc.
London : 1788First 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 of sexual equality" (ODNB),... Learn More£1,250.00
Stock Code: 120937
DE CLEYRE, Voltairine. Anarchism and American Traditions.
Chicago : 1932First edition thus, a posthumous printing of Voltairine de Cleyre's most often cited essay, with an additional hagiographic introduction. De Cleyre's influential essay was first published in fellow activist Emma Goldman's anarchist journal Mother Earth in 1909; de Cleyre was a regular contributor to the journal from its foundation in 1905.... Learn More£175.00
Stock Code: 135133
ALLEN, Mary S. The Pioneer Policewoman.
London : 1925First 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 was Mary Sophia Allen's... Learn More£1,750.00
Stock Code: 131558
RHEIMS, Bettina. Gender Studies.
Göttingen : 2014First 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 models that felt "other" to... Learn More£300.00
Stock Code: 130721
(THE WOMEN'S PRESS.) DOWRICK, Stephanie & Florence Kennedy. [Five postcards by The Women's Press.]
London : 1982A striking series of anti-nuclear campaign postcards issued by The Women's Press, the leading feminist publishing house. They feature five slogans: with "Don't agonise, organise", quoted from Florynce Kennedy, the African American civil rights activist, feminist, and lawyer, and the other four ("A feminist world is a nuclear-free zone"; "Nuclear war:... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 130433
HOLDSWORTH, Ethel Carnie. This Slavery.
London : 1925First 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 fiction, was published... Learn More£650.00
Stock Code: 130069
[ROSSETTI, Olivia & Helen.] MEREDITH, Isabel, pseud. A Girl Among the Anarchists.
London : 1903First 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 to eventually reject anarchism... Learn More£675.00
Stock Code: 130071
PETHICK-LAWRENCE, Frederick William. Women's Fight for the Vote.
London : 1910First edition, first impression, casebound issue. There is also a wrappered issue, with the same Press advertisements printed on the rear wrapper and the price of "sixpence net" being the only difference to the front illustration. No priority has been assigned. Though both are relatively scarce in commerce, this is the first casebound issue we have... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 129435
BUTLER, Josephine (ed.) Woman's Work and Woman's Culture.
London : 1869First edition of this cornerstone work in women's history, edited and introduced by the English feminist and social reformer Josephine Butler, her contribution to this volume praised as "her most comprehensive, theoretical statement about the woman question and her first public effort to integrate the discussion of prostitution and the double standard... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 129299
PETHICK-LAWRENCE, Frederick William. Women's Fight for the Vote.
London : 1910First edition, first impression, wrappered issue. There is also a casebound issue, with the Press advertisements printed here on the wrappers bound at the rear, and the price of "sixpence net" not included in the front cover illustration. No priority has been assigned between the two. This work is based on a number of articles Pethick-Lawrence first... Learn More£325.00
Stock Code: 128633
STRACHEY, Ray. Women's Suffrage and Women's Service.
London : 1927First 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 fought particularly for women's... Learn More£150.00
Stock Code: 128641
HAMILTON, Cicely. A Pageant of Great Women.
[London] : 1910First edition, first impression, of Hamilton's play celebrating powerful 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 Ellen Terry, Edith Craig... Learn More£375.00
Stock Code: 128582
TRISTAN, Flora. Promenades dans Londres.
Paris : 1840First 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 six copies in institutional holdings... Learn More£6,500.00
Stock Code: 127491
STRACHEY, Ray. Millicent Garrett Fawcett.
London : 1931First edition, first impression. Ray Strachey (18871940) worked closely with Millicent Fawcett and the suffragist movement throughout her life and was secretary of the NUWWS from 1915 to 1920. Learn More£125.00
Stock Code: 125519
[AMORY, Thomas.] The Life of John Buncle, Esq;
London : 1756First 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 likely on Hazlitt's recommendation"... Learn More£950.00
Stock Code: 124891
PETROVA, Olga. The White Peacock:
Boston : 1922First edition, first impression. Inscribed by the author on the front free endpaper "for Blady. From Olga Petrova". Olga Petrova (1884-1977) was a British-American playwright, screenwriter, and actress. The White Peacock premiered on Christmas 1921 and ran for three months, with Petrova playing the leading role. The plot involves a married woman leaving... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 123663
BRITTAIN, Vera. Testament of Youth.
London : 1933First edition, first impression, of the powerful feminist classic; notably rare in the dust jacket, especially so in such nice unrestored condition this is the first we have handled. Brittain's memoir was an instant best-seller. Published on 28 August 1933, the first impression of 5,000 copies was exhausted within a week. It went through six impressions... Learn More£5,000.00
Stock Code: 121385
SMYTH, Ethel. Mrs Pankhurst's Treatment in Prison.
London : 1912A 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 faced in Holloway Prison... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 120826
CAIRD, Mona. The Morality of Marriage.
London : 1897First edition of the New Woman novelist's collection of essays on equality for women in marriage and for equal partnerships in the home, which were previously variously published in the Fortnightly Review, the Nineteenth Century, the North American Review, and the Westminster Review. "Her essays are frequently derisive and she employs irony to make... Learn More£225.00
Stock Code: 118231
[SANDFORD, Elizabeth.] SANDFORD, Mrs John. Woman in her Social and Domestic Character.
Boston : 1833First 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 that 'domestic comfort'... Learn More£250.00
Stock Code: 117229
KLEIN, Ronald D. Meiji Japan as Western Women Saw it: A Bibliographical Companion.
Tokyo : 2016First 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... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 114202
LUSHINGTON, S. G. & Guy. The Summary Jurisdiction (Married Women) Act, 1895.
London : 1896First 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... Learn More£600.00
Stock Code: 114011
PARES, Ethel "Bip". Daily Bread.
Hampstead, London : 1935Unique "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 of beer! - beneath signs, declaring... Learn More£3,000.00
Stock Code: 114035
[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 : 1790First 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... Learn More£12,500.00
Stock Code: 110724
GLASPELL, Susan. A Jury of Her Peers.
London : 1927First separate edition, one of 250 copies signed by the author. Provenance: from the library of "Ellery Queen", with, loosely inserted, a statement of provenance from the bookseller Douglas Dannay (dated 1991), son of Frederic Dannay, co-creator of the pseudonymous "Ellery Queen". Queen's Quorum notes that "Susan Glaspell had written a one-act play... Learn More£750.00
Stock Code: 106151
FERBER, Edna. Emma McChesney & Co.
New York : 1915First 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... Learn More£275.00
Stock Code: 103604
LAGERLÖF, Selma. Gösta Berlings saga.
Stockholm : 1891First 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 throughout. Lagerlöf (18581940)... Learn More£4,500.00
Stock Code: 103054
WHITSED, Juliet de Key. Come to the Cook-house Door!
London : 1932First 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 from June 1917 to June 1919, "lively" (Matthews). Whitsed later published on... Learn More£450.00
Stock Code: 93961