MEMOIRS OF THE MARY WOLLSTONECROFT GODWIN/1798/RARE TRUE 1st Ed/FINE LEATHER BND. VERY RARE - SCARCE EARLY EDITION.
VERY RARE - SCARCE FIRST EDITION - FIRST ISSUE RARE LIMITED EDITION of a CELEBRATED, IMPORTANT & UNCOMMON EARLY EDITION. FINE MODERN FULL ORIGINAL CALF LEATHER BINDING. THE MEMOIRS OF THE MARY WOLLSTONECROFT GODWIN. OF A VINDICATION OF THE RIGHTS OF WOMAN. Johnson, 1798 [published date: 1798].6.75" x 4.5" inches (LxB). Fine modern original full calf leather binding, gilt decorated spine with 5 raised bands and a red gilt lettered morocco label in the 2nd compartment. The biography of Mary Wollstonecraft, written by her husband shortly after her death from complications during the birth of her daughter and future author of Frankenstein, Mary Godwin Shelley. The widow Godwin was convinced that Wollstonecraft, author of on of the earliest works in feminist philosophy, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, was the most important woman of her time.
Wollstonecraft was so famous by this time that Godwin did not have to state her name in the title of the memoir; mention of her 1792 book A Vindication of the Rights of Woman served to identify her. Published in January 1798, Godwin's account of Wollstonecraft's life is wracked with sorrow and, inspired by Jean-Jacques Rousseau's Confessions, unusually frank for its time. He did not shrink from presenting the parts of Wollstonecraft's life that late eighteenth-century British society would judge either immoral or in bad taste, such as her close friendship with a woman, her love affairs, her illegitimate child, her suicide attempts and her agonizing death.In the "Preface", Godwin explains: I cannot easily prevail on myself to doubt, that the more fully we are presented with the picture and story of such persons as the subject of the following narrative, the more generally shall we feel in ourselves an attachment to their fate and a sympathy in their excellencies. There are not many individuals with whose character the public welfare and improvement are more intimately connected than the author of a Vindication of the Rights of Woman. Joseph Johnson, the publisher to both Wollstonecraft and Godwin (and through whom the couple met), tried to dissuade the memoirist from including explicit details regarding her life, but he refused. The book was heavily criticized and Godwin was forced to revise it for a second edition in August of the same year. Godwin's openness was not always appreciated by the people he named; Wollstonecraft's sisters, Everina and Eliza, lost students at the school they ran in Ireland as a result of the Memoir. The Anti-Jacobin Review and Magazine pilloried the book, writing that if it does not shew what it is wise to pursue, it manifests what it is wise to avoid. It illustrates both the sentiments and conduct resulting from such principles as those of Mrs. It also in some degree accounts for the formation of such visionary theories and pernicious doctrines. The review surveys Wollstonecraft's entire life and indicts almost every element of it, from her efforts to care for Fanny Blood, her close friend, to her writings. Of her two Vindications in particular, it criticizes her "extravagance" and lack of logic. Regarding her relationship with Gilbert Imlay, the review describes her as a "concubine" and a "kept mistress" and writes, the biographer does not mention many of her amours.
Indeed it was unnecessary: two or three instances of action often decide a character as well as a thousand. " It concludes that "the moral sentiments and moral conduct of Mrs.Wollstonecroft [sic], resulting from their principles and theories, exemplify and illustrate JACOBIN MORALITY and warns parents against bringing up their children using her advice. Memoirs of the Author of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1798) is William Godwin's biography of his late wife Mary Wollstonecraft. Rarely published in the nineteenth century and sparingly even today, Memoirs is most often viewed as a source for information on Wollstonecraft. However, with the rise of interest in biography and autobiography as important genres in and of themselves, scholars are increasingly studying it for its own sake. A classic work, complete as issued. There are numerous close-up pictures of the contents given below. Please take some time to view the pictures in detail, in order to gain a full idea of the contents and condition. There are numerous CLOSE-UPS GIVEN BELOW.
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