Fairy Favours, and Other Tales.London: Printed for William Cole, 1825 Stock Code: 127823
Original boardsFirst edition. Dagley's tales articulate "the problems and misery of economic insecurity, particularly in a fairy tale about a needle - that indispensable tool of women's labour". These tales "provide a detailed account not just of the kinds of objects found in a workbox, but also the various attitudes towards needlework and female employment, both for leisure and income... from the lowly chores of patching shoes and darning socks to laborious dressmaking to the fancy work performed with skill for pleasure... In these fairy tales about needles, women's work is shaped by social attitudes, their agency effectively that of a needle or pin" (Rozario, pp. 146-48).
Duodecimo. Original blue quarter cloth, printed label to spine, brown paper boards.
Portrait frontispiece and engraved title page.
With the publisher's advertisements tipped in. Very minor wear to extremities, slight stain at foot of spine, front hinge splitting, some soiling to contents. A very nice copy of this fragile book.
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