(London: Longmans, Green, Reader, and Dyer, 1869).

SCARCE FIRST EDITION OF AN IMPORTANT WORK, A CORNERSTONE OF THE WOMEN'S RIGHTS MOVEMENT. It is one of the earliest works on the subject written by a male author. Originally written in 1861 with the help of the author's wife and step-daughter, this work explains a long-held belief that "the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes--the legal subordination of one sex to the other--is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality...." Mill was only the second Member of Parliament to call for women's suffrage, after Henry Hunt in 1832. He can be considered among the earliest male proponents of true gender equality. Item #31571

First Edition. 8vo, original dark mustard cloth gilt lettered on the spine with blind ruled tips, the covers with ornate panels in blind. 188 pp. An especially fine copy, excellent, bright and clean, the text is bright and fresh with no spotting or toning, a touch of mellowing to the prelims only, hinges strong with just a bit of cosmetic cracking to the front pastedown, otherwise tight and firm. The cloth is clean with no wear but for a touch at the tips and extremities, the gilt bright, the cloth as original and without darkening. A very pleasing and handsome copy of a book very difficult to find in such fine condition.

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