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A Vindication of the Rights of Men, in a Letter to the Right Honourable Edmund Burke; occasioned by his Reflections on the Revolution in France.
London: for J. Johnson, 1790 - Octavo (220 x 132 mm). Recently bound in buff cloth-backed blue boards to style. Bristol University bookplate to front pastedown, small blind embossed stamps to title and last page, remnants of small label to lower corner of front pastedown, with Wollstonecraft's name hand written on the title page. Extremities lightly rubbed, rear backstrip a little stained, some minor foxing to contents, small nick to fore edge of sig. D8 and F7, overall an excellent copy. First edition, the first of many replies disputing the controversial and conservative assumptions made in Burke's Reflections on the Revolution in France, also published in 1790, and an important precursor to her subsequent work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women, published two years later. "Mary's fervour for the principles of the Revolution developed rapidly and was unmixed with any doubts; having learnt her politics from the Dissenters, she continued to adopt their attitudes and followed their particular struggles sympathetically. On the 4 November, the anniversary of the 1688 revolution in England, Dr. Price delivered a sermon at the Old Jewery meeting house in which he defined the nature of civil liberty. This speech sparked Burke's infuriation and led to his Reflections Mary read them at once, and seeing the principles she had so unhesitatingly taken up as her own under attack, and a smear set upon the good name of her beloved benefactor and teacher Dr. Price, she was in a fury of indignation The tone was impatient, the arguments sketchy. But it was redeemed by its dominant emotion, a humanitarian sympathy for the poor, and a passionate contempt for the wilful blindness of the privileged to what kept their system going" (Tomalin, pp. 93–5). Windle 4a. See Todd, Dictionary of British Women Writers and Tomalin, The Life & Death of Mary Wollstonecraft. [Attributes: First Edition]
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA member]
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