Boston: published by the author, 1878. 3rd edition; Revised and Enlarged. Cloth. 8vo. Publisher's brick red cloth with gilt stamped lettering and decoration on spine and cover. Engraved frontispiece with tissue guard. 381, , 34 pp.
Edges lightly rubbed. Minor foxing and soiling to front matter. Tight and clean, an excellent copy.
This is an early printing of an important feminist/suffragist text by American activist and politician Stow. This was her first and most popular book, a treatise nominally about corrupt probate law ("which deserves to be placed on a level with the plagues of Egypt") and more about a woman's role in society in general. Stow was heavily involved in California politics and was the first female Vice-Presidential candidate, running in 1884 on a ticket with Belva Ann Lockwood for the National Equal Rights Party. This book, self-published in 1876, is an excellent example of the righteous, fiery rhetoric for which Stow became famous: "In every chapter I have endeavored to show the bastard power of moneyed might and sex-might over right, and the unjust and cruel laws made by man for the subjugation of woman." Very good. Item #1654