17 June 2008
MILL, John Stuart (1806-1873). The Subjection of Women. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869.
8o. Half-title. Original cloth (spine darkened, joints starting, a few small stains on covers).
FIRST EDITION, PRESENTATION COPY, INSCRIBED on the half-title: "From the Author." Mill's support of women's equality evolved from his theories of individual liberty, and this work reveals his concern for the status of many women whose intellect and capabilites were overshadowed by societal and chauvinistic misconceptions of women being the weaker sex. "The object if this essay is to explain as clearly as I am able... [that] the legal subordination of one sex to the other is wrong in iteself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality, admitting no power or privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other" (p.1).
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