Philadelphia: B. Lippincott & Co., 1870. First edition. Preliminary blank removed at some point (stub still visible at gutter). A very good copy, clean and crisp throughout, of this rebuttal to Mill’s important early feminist essay. Publisher’s brown cloth with gilt spine. Slight soiling and toning cloth and a patch of bubbling on lower board. Sunning to spine. Dark brown endpapers with bookseller’s ticket on front pastedown. Twelvemo. . 242, [10, publisher’s catalogue] pp. Item #16858
Donald McCaig (1832 – 1905) wrote this impassioned, vitriolic rebuttal to Mill’s Subjection of Women, published the previous year, out of concern that the essay would “create a strong public sentiment in favor of the reform therein advocated, while the consequences which must necessarily follow may be but ill considered, or, perhaps, never once thought of,” (p. 5). He takes issue with Mill’s statement that women are oppressed while simultaneously arguing that women’s rights to vote, to free marriage and divorce, and a host of other “mad ideas” would bring about the fall of society (pp. 8-9). McCaig writes that the present work is “dedicated to all who believe, or are open to the conviction, that their fathers were not all tyrants, nor their mothers all slaves,” (p. 3). McCaig was a Scottish Canadian educator, school administrator, and poet who spent most of his life in and around Ontario and Nova Scotia. The present work garnered him fame in Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom; it was by far his most popular work and drew audiences to lectures he delivered in Ontario.
“Donald McCaig: Famous Educationist in 19th Century Canada.” Electric Canadian.