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The Subjection of Women. The Subjection of Women.
The Subjection of Women.
MILL, John Stuart.

The Subjection of Women.

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Published: London Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869

Stock Code: 103455

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First edition, "the last of Mill's great political tracts" and his "most unpopular and bitterly contested" work (ODNB). Mill had long been a women's rights advocate, having been influenced by the thinking of his father, the Utilitarian philosopher James Mill, and by his long friendship with, and then marriage to, the philosopher Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858), a passionate advocate for equality. Indeed, the freedom of women can be seen as a microcosm of Mill's general philosophy of freedom, in which "the 'greatest good' of the community is inseparable from the liberty of the individual" and the definition of tyranny is expanded to include the domination of minorities by a democratically elected majority (PMM 345). The Subjection of Women was the only one of Mills' works "on which he made a financial loss, even though pirated popular editions soon began to circulate widely in Europe and America. Among campaigners for women's suffrage, however, it rapidly became a sacred text and gave him a position of heroic, almost apostolic, authority within the nascent women's movement" (ODNB).

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Octavo (197 x 121mm). Original dark yellow cloth, titles to spines gilt, boards blocked in blind, brown coated endpapers.


Ownership inscription on front free endpapers, spine toned and a little rolled, a couple of small ink splashes to spine, binding lightly soiled, old stain on front cover, yet a good clean, tight copy in the original cloth.


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