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    The First Work on the Legal Status of Women

    [T. E., editor (Thomas Edgar?)]. The Lawes Resolutions of Womens Rights: or, the Lawes Provision for Woemen... London: Printed by the assignes of John More and are to be sold by John Grove, 1632.

    First edition. Quarto. [xiv], 400 pages (missing last two leaves). Black letter. Woodcut initials and head-pieces.

    Full limp vellum. Moderate wear, scuffing and soiling to the binding. Front fore-edge of binding creased. Section of title page missing at bottom right corner, measuring 2 x 3.25 inches, barely affecting a couple of words in the imprint information. No front endpaper. Rear endpaper with some loss. Contemporary or near-contemporary notations on inside front cover and rear endpaper. Occasional, very minor foxing. A few puncture marks to the binding and latter part of the text. Overall, an internally clean copy in very good condition.

    The earliest work focusing on laws relating to women. Authorship of this title is uncertain, though some attribute it to Thomas Edgar, who wrote the epistle to the reader. It has also been attributed to Sir J. Doddridge. From the Judith Kaplan Collection of Women's History.

    STC 5437.

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