London: J. Johnson, 1792. First Edition. 8vo, 452pp; contemporary sprinkled calf with red leather spine label. Ownership signature (Ralph Bates) at the top of the title page; Bates bookplate on front pastedown along with later bookplate of Michael Ernest Sadler, University College, Oxford; browning to the edges of endpapers from binder's glue; covers rubbed, but sound. Item #205732
Foundational text of modern Feminism, arguing in the wake of the French Revolution, for the education of women in order that they might become equal partners with men, rather than "alluring objects." "My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone. I earnestly wish to point out in what true dignity and human happiness consists -- I wish to persuade women to endeavour to acquire strength, both of mind and body, and to convince them that the soft phrases, susceptibility of heart, delicacy of sentiment, and refinement of taste, are almost synonymous with epithets of weakness, and that those beings who are only the objects of pity and that kind of love, which has been termed its sister, will soon become objects of contempt." The correct first edition with no hyphen in "Church Yard" on the title page. The book famously concludes with "End of the First Volume." Although Wollstonecraft did intend on two further volumes, no more were produced. She died five years after publication. Windle A5a. PMM242.