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HILL, Rosa Lee.

How to Attract Men and Money....

An Intimate Revelation for Women Past Eighteen. With Some Facts Men ought to know - Especially Those Who Wish to Stage a Come-back after Experiencing Defeat.

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Published: Meriden, Connecticut The Ralston Society, 1940

Stock Code: 125468

OR On display in 43 Dover Street


First edition, first printing, of this uncommon, and uncommonly frank, work advising women on how to "make Life pay on her own terms" (publisher's preface) - particularly in relation to choosing a husband, but also with advice on how to pursue and achieve the 'perfect' career, home, and financial state. Published by the Hills' own Ralston Society, the book is genuinely uncommon (just six copies on OCLC, all of them in the US), and is rarely found in the striking dust jacket, which features a smiling woman holding four smartly-dressed suitors literally in the palm of her hand.
How to Attract Men and Money was written during the closing years of the 1930s, after Rosa Beeland Hill (1905-1970) had married Napoleon Hill (1883-1970) and demanded that he hand over all his publishing rights to her. With the Great Depression raging, Hill's career had been in decline, but with Rosa as his editor and typist for Think and Grow Rich (1937) - she in fact rewrote entire sections - the book was a runaway success, and according to BusinessWeek remains, over 70 years after publication, the sixth best-selling paperback business book. Ironically, given the message behind How to Attract Men and Money, Rosa divorced Napoleon Hill in 1941, taking the copyright and all the profits of Think and Grow Rich in the settlement, and married a noted Florida attorney, Cecil H. Lichliter.
In the present work Hill unabashedly tackles a variety of 'traditionally' taboo topics, such as advocating sexual therapy and surrogacy for curing impotence and discussing the best use of sex techniques in aiding women in their marriage and health. From a 21st-century vantage point, however, the work is not without faults - sections on developing a personality likely to attract men, and on women who become a menace to their own husbands, are especially dated. Moreover, the overarching conceit, that a woman's happiness is solely dependent upon the happiness of her man, has long been disabused. Nevertheless, Hill's intent behind the work is deserving of credit. "This world is no longer a man's world exclusively! Surely it has been proven that a woman can take her place alongside of men and make life yield happiness in competition with the keenest of male minds This book was written to encourage women to try for whatever they want from life, and not be satisfied with whatever Life hands them" (Introduction, pp. 7, 16).

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Octavo. Original light purple moiré cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt. With the dust jacket.


Tipped-in leaf with two images printed in blue of "Castle-on-the-Hill … Residence and Literary Work-Shop of Mr. & Mrs. Napoleon Hill", and small portrait of the author verso.


Light bumping to spine ends, slight creasing to initial few leaves, else a very good copy in the dust jacket, a few small chips and short closed tears to extremities, small crease to spine panel, rear panel slightly soiled, minor stains on verso of front panel.


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