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[Shakespeare] Jameson, Anna Brownell
Characteristics of Women, Moral, Political and Historical with Fifty Vignette Etchings (in 2 vols.)
London: Saunders & Otley, 1832. First edition. Near Fine. Late 19th century green cloth with morocco and gilt labels to spines. All edges speckled burgundy. Top edge a bit darkened and spines a touch sunned. Contemporary ownership signature of Frances Bass to half title of volume I and title of volume II; early ownership signature of E. V. Arnold to front endpaper of volume I. Internally a surprisingly fresh copy without the typical offsetting from the vignettes; unmarked but for occasional penciled lines to the margins. Collating [12], lxi, [1], 225, [1, blank]; [6], 326: complete, including half title as called for in volume I, pictorial dedication page, and all 50 vignettes designed by the author. A pleasing copy of this important study of 23 of Shakespeare's most notable female characters, with their roles placed within the context of 19th century debates on women. Scarce institutionally and in trade, with multiple libraries reporting incomplete sets, and the present being the only first edition on the market. "In her thirty year literary career, Anna Jameson's major publications were non-fiction prose...almost all of her work was about women and, she claimed, designed for women readers" (ODNB). For this work of Shakespearean criticism she earned the greatest praise of her career, with Thomas Carlyle bestowing upon her the epithet "the celebrated Mrs. Jameson." Charlotte Lennox and Elizabeth Griffith, Jameson's predecessors in feminist Shakespeareana, had opened the door for her work in the field; they also provided counterpoints in achieving success. For while Len … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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