"THE INEQUALITY OF RIGHTS BETWEEN MEN AND WOMEN HAS NO OTHER SOURCE THAN THE LAW OF THE STRONGEST": IMPORTANT FIRST EDITION OF MILL'S GROUNDBREAKING WORK, THE SUBJECTION OF WOMEN, 1869
MILL, John Stuart. The Subjection of Women. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869. Octavo, period-style three-quarter brown calf and marbled boards, elaborately gilt-decorated spine, raised bands, red morocco spine label.
First edition of Mill's classic statement defining and defending the rights of women, handsomely bound.
"Many of Mill's ideas are now the commonplaces of democracy. His arguments for freedom of every kind of thought or speech have never been improved on" (PMM 345). Mill's wife, Harriet Taylor, proved especially influential in developing this work; her 1851 essay on the enfranchisement of women directly inspired it. "During the seven years of his married life Mill published less than in any other period of his career, but four of his most closely reasoned and characteristic works, Liberty, the Utilitarianism, the Thoughts on Parliamentary Reform and the Subjection of Women… were thought out and partly written in collaboration with his wife" (Britannica). "No one had a more rooted hatred for all oppression [illustrated by] his advocacy of the equality of the sexes" (DNB). Mill served as one of the founders of the first women's suffrage society, which developed into the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies, and he presented the first petition on the subject to Parliament. Embossed library stamp to title page; library inkstamps to copyright page, margins of four leaves not affecting text.
Text quite fresh with only one leaf with expert paper repair. A handsome about-fine copy.