8vo, pp. , 188, with a half-title; an unusually good, fresh copy in the original mustard cloth, slightly darkened as usual, inner hinges cracked (but firm).
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The Subjection of Women.
First edition of ‘the last of [Mill’s] great political tracts’ (ODNB), one of the most important and controversial treatments of women’s rights in the nineteenth century. Mill was heavily involved in the women’s suffragette movement, and in this work he argued ‘that the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes – the legal subordination of one sex to the other – is wrong in itself, and now one of the chief hindrances to human improvement; and that it ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality, admitting no power or privilege on the one side, nor disability on the other’ (p. 1).
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First edition in French of Locke’s Essay concerning the true original extent and end of civil government, one of the most famous and influential works in the history of liberalism, which had originally appeared the previous year as the second of the Two Treatises of Government (1690). The anonymous translator is generally thought to be David Mazel, a ‘Huguenot pastor living in Holland’ (Yolton); ‘it is surprising to note that all translations of this work up to 1800 were only of the second treatise’ (id.). It was to a great extent thanks to his translation that Locke achieved a wide readership on the Continent.
[An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding]. Extrait d’un Livre Anglois qui n’est pas encore publié, intitulé Essai Philosophique concernant L’Entendement…communiqué par Mr Locke [in: ‘Bibliothèque universelle et historique de l’année 1688’, vol. 8].
A substantial and extremely influential extract, published two years before the appearance of the book, of Locke’s Essay concerning human understanding: a publication of major consequence in the history of philosophy. This issue of the Bibliothèque universelle et historique also contains at least another contribution by Locke: an anonymously-published review of Newton’s Principia Mathematica (pp. 363-375).