London: J. Johnson, 1791. Second edition. Printed in two distinct issues, one with plates by William Blake. This is the issue without them. Contemporary ink signature on front free end paper in addition to some later pencil marginalia, and minor staining. Intermittent light foxing and offsetting. A good, sound copy. Full stiff vellum with remnants of a later leather binding on spine. Twelvemo. viii, , 177, [1, ads] pp. Lacking one leaf of ads. Item #16125
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-97) is best known for her classic work, A Vindication of the Rights of Women published in 1792 (Printing and the Mind of Man 242). Following two failed suicide attempts and a tumultuous affair with American soldier Gilbert Imlay, she married William Godwin, a radical author, with whom she was expecting a child, the future Mary Shelley. In addition to her political works, she also wrote novels, reviews, and this children's book.