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READE (Charles, D C L )
A woman-hater
In three volumes. William Blackwood and Sons, Edinburgh and London, 1877. All Rights reserved. 3 Vols.; integral advertisement leaf at end of volumes two and three; pp.[iv]+280; [iv]+285+[i (blank)]+[ii]; [iv]+282+[ii]; diagonally very fine ribbed Royal blue cloth, ruled and blocked black on front cover, blind on back cover, ruled, blocked, and lettered gilt on spine; top- and fore- edges uncut; end-papers coated dark chocolate. Spines very slightly worn at extremities, with small chip to cloth (2 x 8mm) at tail of volume one; small hole in front end-paper of same volume, and slight cracking to some end-papers; otherwise, and in general effect, a fine copy in a fine green quarter calf book-form slip-case. The Morris L. Parrish copy, with his book-plate on each front paste-down. Includes (on p.149 in volume three) the first use of the phrase 'new woman'. Of particular interest in that context are Chapters XIV and XV (pp. [1] - 74) in volume two, which made the case for the equal treatment of women, and arguably sparked off the whole Women's Movement in the latter part of the nineteenth century. One of the heroines, it is delicately hinted, is a lesbian, though this is incidental to the major theme. Rated six in sadleir's schedule of 'Comparative Scarcities', but not in his collection; 'Excursions', p.166; this title not in Wolff. All books listed by Robert Temple are first editions unless otherwise stated.
Bookseller: Robert Temple Booksellers [United Kingdom]
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