Dublin: James Moore, 1793. First Irish Edition. 8vo, pp. xvi, 256. Bound in modern calf backed marble boards, with morocco label. Some toning to the leaves, contemporary ownership signature at the top of the title page (M. Lloyd). A very nice copy. See Printing and the Mind of Man 242; Todd # 9, Windle A5b. Item #47505
The most influential book ever written about the subject of woman's rights! Wollstonecraft, later Godwin (1759-97) was dissatisfied with this tract, yet its passion and inclusiveness fully merit its classic status[Blain, p. 1180]. Wollstonecraft has been called the first major feminist because of this work, in which she discussed all aspects of women's education, status, and position in society and dramatically argues that true freedom necessitates equality of men and women[Schlueter, p. 482].