No Sex in Education;

or, an equal chance for both girls and boys. Being a review of Dr E. H. Clarke's "Sex in Education."

Philadelphia: J. M. Stoddart & Co., 1874 Stock Code: 141952
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A near-fine copy of this classic defence of women's education

First edition of the American feminist's argument for the equal and co-education of both genders, the most popular refutation of the Boston physician Edward Hammond Clarke's hotly debated work on the same subject, titled Sex in Education (1873).

A newspaper editor, printer, painter, and regular columnist, Eliza Bisbee Duffey (1838-1898) published many essays and books advocating for equality between men and women, including the best-selling What Women Should Know (1873). When Clarke's treatise appeared a year later, published at a time when full collegiate education for women was new and still contentious, it sparked "the most notorious controversy in the history of woman's education" (Zschoche, p. 545). The first edition sold out in just over a week and continued into 16 further editions. Duffey was one of many prominent women who objected to Clarke's narrow definition of womanhood and his assertion that the "identical education" of women was a "crime before God and humanity". Her response, No Sex in Education, was referenced by Louisa May Alcott in Jo's Boys (1886) as one of the "excellent books wise women write for their sisters, now that they are waking up and asking, 'What shall we do?'" (p. 284).

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Octavo. Original green cloth, spine lettered and ruled in gilt with publisher's device at foot, bevelled boards with triple blind border, brown endpapers.


7 pp. advertisement for Duffey's What Women Should Know at rear.


Spine ends and corners bumped and rubbed, contents crisp and clean, a few leaves with roughly cut lower edges. Overall a bright, near-fine copy in the publisher's cloth.


Sue Zschoche, "Dr. Clarke Revisited: Science, True Womanhood, and Female Collegiate Education", History of Education Quarterly, vol. 29, no. 4, 1989, pp. 545-69.


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