JAMESON, Anna.

Memoirs of Celebrated Female Sovereigns.

London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, 1831 Stock Code: 123296
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First edition. Anna Jameson (1794-1860) has been seen by some modern commentators as a proto-feminist due to her extensive writings on women; however, the present work presents a distinctly negative vision of women in power, as clearly stated in the preface: "it remains a question how far the feminine character may be so modified by education, as to render its inseparable defects as little injurious to society, and its peculiar virtues as little hurtful to herself, as possible. Women, in possession of power, are so sensible of their inherent weakness, that they are always in extremes. Hence, among the most arbitrary governments recorded are those of women". This view is perhaps prejudiced by her subject matter, including Semiramis, Cleopatra and Catherine II, and it is noticeably a work written prior to the reign of Queen Victoria. Overall, the work is an interesting analysis of female government by a distinguished female writer, in an attractive binding. With the bookplate to pastedowns of Robert Hoe (1839-1909), the distinguished book collector and producer of printing press equipment.

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Description

2 volumes, octavo (193 x 126 mm). Early 20th-century brown crushed half morocco by V. Krafft, spines lettered in gilt, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt.

Condition

Three ink ownership inscriptions to front free endpapers dated 1917-50. Very occasional slight markings to contents, else an excellent set.

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