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Woman not inferior to man: or, a short and modest vindication of the natural right of the fair-sex to a perfect equality of power, dignity, and esteem, with the men. By Sophia, a person of quality.
London: printed for John Hawkins, 1739.
[4], 62, [2] p. ; 18.6 cm. (8º)

Anonymous. It has been suggested that 'Sophia' could be identified with Lady Mary Wortley Montagu. The essay echoes the arguments of François Poullain de La Barre's De l'égalité des deux sexes, 1677. A confutation, Man superior to woman; ... by a gentleman was also published in 1739 (q.v.), and a reply by 'Sophia', Woman's superior excellence over man, in 1740 (q.v.). With a list of 'Pamphlets and Poems printed for John Hawkins' on the half-title verso and a final leaf of 'Books Printed for John Hawkins'. ESTC t2977.

Copy Notes Marks of emphasis in pencil throughout, quotations in Latin at foot of pp. 3 and 54 (cropped) and some obliterations of text on p. 47. Bound (1) with the two responses (see above).

Binding C18th quarter sheep, marbled-paper boards, gilt-lettered spine.

Reference Number 4709


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