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ARISTOPHANES; HOUSMAN, Laurence (trans.)

Lysistrata.

A Modern Paraphrase from the Greek. Text of the Play.

London: The Woman's Press, 1911 Stock Code: 139713
£375.00
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First edition, first impression, of this uncommon work. The Women's Press, an independent publishing house established in 1907, was an integral component of the Women's Social and Political Union campaign, ensuring a public platform for feminist literature and arguments for women's suffrage. Laurence Housman was a pacifist, human rights activist and supporter of the suffrage movement who helped found the Men's League for Women's Suffrage in England in 1907. His adaptation of the classic Aristophanes comedy, which focuses on the political activism of women (effecting a truce in the Peloponnesian war by refusing to sleep with their husbands), was first performed in October 1910 to open Gertrude Kingston's Little Theatre, with Kingston in the title role.

This copy includes the advertisement for Votes for Women and a list of other titles by the Press.

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Description

Octavo. Original green cloth, front cover lettered in gilt.

Illustrations

Photographic portrait frontispiece of Gertrude Kingston.

Condition

Bookplate of W. Macdonald MacKay, President of the Caledonian Society of Toronto, and neat ownership inscription to front pastedown. Spine sunned, rubbing to extremities, wear to top edge of boards, a couple of faint marks to cloth, inner hinge cracked but book block remaining firm, offsetting to endpapers and from bookmark to half-title; a very good, attractive copy.

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