Cambridge, Massachusetts: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1992-1994. First Edition. Hardcover. First printings, five volumes (complete), octavo size, 3200 approximate pp. Near fine / near fine. Item #CNJL2273
From the dust jacket flap of the first volume we learn that "A History of Women" seeks "to understand women's place in society, their condition, the roles they played and the powers they possessed, their silence, their speech, and their deeds. It is the variety of the representations of women - as gods, Madonnas, witches, and so on - that we [the editors and authors] hope to capture, in its permanence as well as its many transformations."
It continues: "Informed by the work of seventy-five distinguished historians, this five-volume series sets before us an engaging, panoramic chronicle that extends from antiquity to the present day."
The five volumes are individually titled: "From Ancient Goddesses to Christian Saints"; "Silences of the Middle Ages"; "Renaissance and Enlightenment Paradoxes"; "Emerging Feminism from Revolution to World War"; and "Toward a Cultural Identity in the Twentieth Century". Whether one is a scholar or has an inquiring mind, this set promises a fascinating journey.
___DESCRIPTION: Each volume quarter-bound in black cloth with gilt lettering on the spines, the cloth sides of varying colours, the endpapers of complementary varying colours; octavo size (9 7/8" by 6 1/2"), pagination varies between 572 and 713 pp. Each volume in a dust jacket showing the original prices of $29.95 each, the front panels with varying illustrations evocative of the time period covered, the back panels of the first two volumes with review blurbs and the last three volumes with excerpts from the books, all flaps with a summary of the set and/or the specific volume.
___CONDITION: Overall the set is near fine to fine, with clean boards, straight corners without rubbing, strong, square text blocks with solid hinges, the interiors are clean and bright, and the set is entirely free of prior owner markings; a hint of bowing to the boards (we presume from production processes, as the set appears unread), else fine. The dust jackets also near fine to fine, all are unclipped, a few showing scattered spots of light soil and/or light rubbing. Overall a near fine to fine set.
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