London: Macmillan, 1869. First edition of a work edited by a “great founding mother of modern feminism,” who feminist intellectual, political and union leader, and writer Millicent Fawcett (1847-1949) referred to as “the most distinguished English woman of the nineteenth century.”. Binding extremities lightly rubbed, slight wear to corners. A bit of soiling to cloth, minor toning to spine. Intermittent minor foxing, light red pencil markings to a handful of leaves, never affecting text or legibility, a few small stains. Early twentieth-century ink inscription on half-title, small bookseller’s ticket on upper front pastedown, and small binder’s ticket on lower rear pastedown. A very good copy. Publisher’s blue cloth double-ruled in blind with blindstamped central panel, gilt spine, gray coated endpapers. Octavo. lxiv, 367 pp. Item #16420
Josephine Elizabeth Butler (1828-1906) was a social reformer and women’s activist, primarily remembered for her leadership in the campaign to repeal the Contagious Diseases Acts (1870-86), which sought to regulate the spread of venereal disease by imprisoning prostitutes and subjecting them to medical and police inspection. From 1867 to 1873, she was the President for the North England Council for Promoting the Higher Education of Women. During the course of her life, she authored ninety books and pamphlets.
The essays in the present work include: “The Final Cause of Woman” by activist and anti-vivisectionist Frances Power Cobbe (1822-1904), “Education Considered as a Profession for Women” by Reverend George Butler (the author’s husband, 1819-1890), “Medicine as a Profession for Women” by Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake (1840-1912), and “The Teaching of Science” by James Stuart (educational reformer and politician, 1843-1913), and others.