London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869.
1st Edition. Hardcover. 8vo - over 7¾ - 9¾" tall. Near Fine. Item #003105
8vo (197 x 125 mm). , 188 pp., including half-title. Original blind-stamped tan cloth, gilt-lettered spine (extremities little rubbed). Pages uncut. Text little age-toned, light foxing to free endpapers, half-title and final page. Provenance: Arnold Heertje (bookplate to front pastedown); J.S.v.H (monogrammed bookplate to first free endpaper). A fine, clean and unmarked copy. ----
M. Ladd-Franklin, The Case for Woman Suffrage - A Bibliography, pp. 34-35. Printing and the Mind of Man 345 & 398 (rem). FIRST EDITION of a cornerstone work in the literature of gender equality and the emancipation of women on Mill's utilitarian grounds. Seymour-Smith calls it "[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). 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 first paragraph of this book reads "The object of this Essay is to explain as clearly as I am able ... that the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes - the legal subordination of one sex to the other - is wrong itself, 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." "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..." (PMM 345). - Visit our website for additional images and information.
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