New York: D. Appleton and Company, 1870. Second Edition. Hardcover. Second US edition, duodecimo size, 190 pp. Very good. Item #19060109
One of the earliest arguments for gender equality written by a man, "The Subjection of Women" is John Stuart Mill's (1806-1873) call for equality, arguing against biological deteminism and the sexist divisions of labour and status inherent in European and American societies. Mill collaborated often with his wife Harriet Taylor Mill (1807-1858), and he wrote on subjects such as civil and social liberties, economics, democracy, and marriage.
Originally published in London in the preceding year (1869), "The Subjection of Women" was published in Philadelphia in 1870, and this volume is the second US edition/printing. This work represents one of Mill's bold challenges to society and articulates his ideas for change.
Tasteful prior owner bookplate, belonging to Samuel L. Parrish, on the front paste-down, with a lovely gift inscription on the flyleaf, in a flowing vintage hand, presumably to a member of the same family: "Sarah R. Parrish / 12 mo. 25th 1869 / from her affectionate sister / Sidney". We find it interesting that the gift inscription is dated "1869" whereas the title page is dated "1870", and can only assume the publishers released the book earlier than originally planned.
___DESCRIPTION: Full dark blue pebbled cloth, gilt lettering and rules on the spine, light yellow coated endpapers, prior owner Ex-Libris and inscription as set forth above; duodecimo size (7.5" by 5"), pagination: [i-ii]  2-188.
___CONDITION: Very good overall, with clean boards, a strong, square text block with solid hinges, and the interior is clean and bright; some rubbing to the tail of the spine and slight loss to the head of the spine, the corners are gently bumped, cracked gutter at pp. 22-23, with a loose (but intact) signature, light foxing to the margins of the first several pages. Were it not for the slight loss of cloth to the head of the spine this would be a near fine copy, a clean copy with a lovely provenance.
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