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Rosalind, a Pastoral. To the Memory of the Right Honourable the Countess Granville
Printed for M. Cooper in Pater-Noster Row, London, 1745. Recent marbled card wrappers. Bookplate of J.O. Edwards to front pastedown. Folio measuring 195 x 310mm and collating 7, [1]: complete. Pro-Patria watermark as called for. Internally a wide margined and fresh copy, with a slight central fold across the title page and small paper repair to the inner margin of same page not affecting text. An exceedingly scarce work in praise of a woman who generated feminist shockwaves in her all too brief life, ESTC lists only five known copies. It has never before appeared at auction, and the present is the only one on the market. An anonymous poetical tribute to the Lady Sophia Fermor, whose writing had already placed her among England's intellectual elite and whose two years' marriage to John Certeret, second Earl Granville additionally placed her within London's political power center before her early death at age 24. Hailed by Lady Mary Wortley Montagu as having "few equals in beauty or graces" (ODNB), she was also the thinly veiled author of the revolutionary feminist tract Woman Not Inferior to Man, or A Short and Modest Vindication of the Natural Right of the Fair Sext to a Perfect Equality of Power (1739). Released before her marriage with the by-line of "Sophia, a Person of Quality" and predating Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman by nearly half a century, the book was a sensation. Pointing to unequal access to education and unfair treatment under the law as the only reasons for women's cultural inferiority, Lady Sophia "exhorted all my betake themsel … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books, Inc. -- ABAA, ILAB [Pasadena, CA, U.S.A.]
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