"THE PAST HISTORY OF THE WORLD ABOUNDS WITH INSTANCES OF WOMAN'S HEROISM, INTELLIGENCE, AND PERSEVERANCE": FIRST EDITION OF TILLOTSON'S LIVES OF ILLUSTRIOUS WOMEN OF ENGLAND, 1853, IN ELABORATE EXTRA-GILT BINDING
TILLOTSON, John. Lives of Illustrious Women of England; or, Biographical Treasury: Containing Memoirs of Royal, Noble, and Celebrated British Females of the Past and Present Day. London: Thomas Holmes, . Octavo, contemporary red morocco, elaborately gilt-decorated spine and covers, raised bands, all edges gilt.
First edition of this collection of biographies of famous British women, from Queen Elizabeth to Lady Gower to Felicia Hemans, with 12 engraved plates, in contemporary full morocco extra-gilt.
In Lives of Illustrious Women of England, Tillotson examines the lives of notable women in British history, including famous queens (Victoria, Elizabeth, Mary); activists (Elizabeth Frye); and literary figures (Fanny Burney, Felicia Hemans). Overall, Tillotson examines the lives of 27 women. Tillotson's goal was to act as an ally to the early women's rights community, hoping that showing the achievements of historical British women would serve as evidence of the same potential in contemporary women. Tillotson believed that women must be given the opportunity—through equality in marriage, property rights, and education—to improve their social standing. Contemporary owner gift inscriptions.
Inner paper hinges split but holding, occasional foxing and soiling to text, a few faint marginal dampstains, morocco-gilt handsome. An extremely good copy.