Publisher's Presentation Copy of John Stuart Mill's Classic Work on FeminismJohn Stuart Mill. The Subjection of Women. London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869.
Presentation copy of the first edition of Mill's landmark work of feminism, with the publisher's embossed presentation stamp to the title page. Octavo. 188 pages.
Publisher's light orange cloth with gilt spine titles and boards decoratively ruled in blind. Moderate shelf wear and dust-soiling to boards. Spine slightly cocked. Owner signatures to half-title. Occasional marginalia in pencil. Binder's ticket to rear pastedown. Slight rubbing to joints, with the front hinge just starting. A very good copy of the scarce publisher's presentation copy.
"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. He was the first to recognize the tendency of a democratically elected majority to tyrannize over a minority, and his warning against it has a contemporary ring..." (Printing and the Mind of Man, second edition, p. 210).
"[T]he most vehement feminist tract in English after the Vindication of Mary Wollstonecraft" (Martin Seymour-Smith, The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written, p. 353).
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