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POSTHUMOUS WORKS; of the author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman, in four volumes [edited William Godwin.]


Published by J. Johnson, London, 1798
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8vo, pp. [xviii], 181; [iv], 196; viii, 192; i, 195. Bound with the errata leaves and half-titles in original boards with new spine paper, paste downs and spine labels, ownership signature of John Flather, St. Johns Coll[ege], Cambridge in each volume. With a library stamp on the title-page of each volume and a library stamp on the verso of each title-page. A nice clean set. Scarce. Windle A8a. Volumes one and two of this set contain the text of Wollstonecraft's "The Wrong's of Woman, or Maria" . to which is added the first book of a series of lessons for children. Volumes three and four contain letters and miscellaneous pieces. St. Clair notes that Godwin issued these volumes right after Wollstonecraft's death as a way of paying off her debts, but also because Godwin felt that Wollstonecraft was the most remarkable woman of her time (and maybe of all time) and that he owed it to the world to have her works and letters available to all. Todd notes, "The Wrongs of Woman is clear on the political, economic, and legal ills of women, the wife's inability to own property, her lack of rights over her children when separated, the physical and financial abuse of men, together with the salve: the help women might give each other across class" [Todd, Mary Wollstonecraft]. "In Maria, Wollstonecraft portrayed a heroine who is literally a prisoner of sex, immured in a madhouse by her husband so that he can control her property, and she traced the maze of legal and domestic oppression of women to the same conclusion reached by the Vindication: Was not the world a vast prison and women slaves?" [Kelley, introduction to "Mary", Oxford, 1976). Bookseller Inventory # 35879

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Title: POSTHUMOUS WORKS; of the author of a ...

Publisher: J. Johnson, London

Publication Date: 1798

Edition: First Edition.

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