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[Du Bosc, Jacques]
The Excellent Woman Described by Her True Characters and Their Opposites.
London: Printed for Joseph Watts, 1692. First English language edition. Later full sheep with red morocco label to spine. Light rubbing to extremities; in all square and tight. Collating [10], xix, [3], 304: complete, including frontis. Internally a clean copy, with text block only mildly toned and some offsetting to front and rear leaves. Top edge trimmed a bit close, but with no loss to running title or page numbers. Ownership signature of Jenkin Williams to title page. The first appearance in English of Du Bosc's L'Honneste Femme, it is scarce institutionally and in trade. ESTC reports 14 copies at libraries (10 of these in North America); currently the only copy on the market, only 1 complete copy has appeared at auction in the past half century, the other two being defective. The Querelle des Femmes (the Woman Question) was a debate on women's status that raged across Europe and England through the 16th to 18th century, depicted at times in drama and literature but most often enacted through broadsides, pamphlets, and tracts. While early iterations of the debate focused on whether women were humans or indeed possessed souls, this began to shift as women and their allies used logic to argue against some inherent inferiority in the sex in favor of pointing out the educational disadvantages imposed upon women. France, more progressive in England in regard to women's abilities, offered the present work as a means of promoting their social value. Translated and distributed in English, The Excellent Woman similarly drew attention toward British women's contributions to the … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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