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Item #72884 The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present. William Alexander.
The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present...
The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present...
The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present...
The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present...
The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present...

The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present...

"Almost Every Interesting Particular Concerning That Sex" Alexander, William [d.1783]. The History of Women, From the Earliest Antiquity, To the Present Time; Giving an Account of Almost Every Interesting Particular Concerning that Sex, Among All Nations, Ancient and Modern. With a Complete Index. Philadelphia: Published by J.H. Dobelbower, 1796. Two volumes. xxv, 377, [1], xxx; 346, xx [i.e. xxv], [1], 10 pp. Title page of each volume preceded by copperplate allegorical frontispiece. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary tree calf, rebacked in period-style calf, raised bands and retained contemporary lettering pieces to spine, hinges mended. Light rubbing, a few scuffs and some light gatoring to boards, moderate rubbing to extremities, corners bumped and somewhat worn. Light browning to interior, light foxing in a few places, minor tears and chips to a few leaves with no loss to text, some offsetting and light edgewear to margins of preliminaries. A handsome set. $3,500. * Second American edition, the final edition of this work. With a subscriber list and two indexes. Originally published in London in 1779, this wide-ranging study traces the subservient role of women since antiquity. The final chapter of Volume II considers "the Rights, Privileges, And Immunities of the Women of Great Britain; The Punishments to Which They are Liable by Law; And the Restrictions They are Laid Under by Law and Custom." A patronizing work overall, it is nevertheless laudable for its advocacy of better educational opportunities and greater social freedom for women. The list of 570 subscribers, mostly Philadelphians, includes Thomas Mifflin, then governor of Pennsylvania, James Wilson, then an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, and 65 women, several from prominent families. The frontispieces are by two notable Philadelphia engravers, James Smither, sometimes spelled Smithers, [d.ca.1799] and James Thackara [1767-1848]. English Short-Title Catalogue W12754. Evans, American Bibliography 29964.

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