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Memoirs of the Author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman
London: J. Johnson and G. G. and J. Robinson,, 1798. Octavo (174 × 105mm). Original boards, neatly rebacked. Engraved frontispiece portrait by Heath after Opie. Offset from portrait frontispiece as usual. One leaf lightly marked. A very good, uncut copy. First edition. Godwin's touching and frank account of his wife's life marks an important step in the development of the art of biography. The details of her sexual liaison with Imlay, the birth of her illegitimate daughter, and her suicide attempts, all scandalized contemporary readers for whom biographies were expected to be glowing accounts of admirable qualities. Godwin, the grieving widower, was determined that the public deserved to know the whole truth about this remarkable woman.
      [Bookseller: Peter Harrington]
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