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London, 1849. First edition. 8vo, original publisher's blind stamped claret ribbed cloth, 303 + 308 + 317 pp. Publisher's advertisements in 16 pp. at rear, dated October, 1849, with 3 pp. of advertisements at back of third volume. A quite good set in the original cloth bindings with excellent contents. Volumes one and three rebacked with original spines, with the "S" in Shirley chipped away at spine. Spines slightly to moderately cocked, some discolorations and staining to cloth, though still a reasonably attractive set. Quite scarce in its original cloth binding. Sadlier 348, Smith 5. N° de ref. de la librería
Título: Shirley. A Tale. [Three Volumes]
Editorial: Smith, Elder and Co.
Año de publicación: 1849
Condición del libro: Good
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Smith, Elder and Co., London, 1849. Estado de conservación: Very Good. First edition. IMPORTANT EARLY FEMINIST TEXT[BRONTË, CHARLOTTE].Shirley. A Tale. By Currer Bell, author of "Jane Eyre." In three volumes. 3 Vols.London, Smith, Elder and Co., 1849. First edition of the seminal work that made "Shirley" a woman's name and portrayed the inequality and exploitation of both women and workers, Charlotte Brontë's second published novel, only preceded by "Jane Eyre" (1847). The social novel "Shirley" takes place during the industrial depression resulting from the Napoleonic Wars, more precisely the Luddite uprisings in the Yorkshire textile industry, and is set in Yorkshire during the years 1811-12. The novel is both social and political, and the two great themes are the rights of women and the rights of workers. As women are dependent on men for their survival, so the workers are dependent on the mill owners for theirs. Although Brontë also defends the property rights of the owners, she greatly sympathizes with the workers, and the work is renowned for its deploring of the inequality that exists in society and of the way that women and workers are exploited.Not only was the novel, with its powerful indictment of the position of women in nineteenth-century England, highly influential as to the way that women were being viewed, its immediate popularity quite literally also led to "Shirley" becoming a woman's name. Shirley Keeldar, the main character of the novel, was given the name that her father had intended to give a son. Before the publication of the novel, "Shirley", apart from being uncommon, was a distinctly male name and would have been highly unusual for a woman. Today "Shirley", because of Brontë, is a distinctly female name and would be highly uncommon for a man.In recent years, "Shirley" has received a great deal of attention from feminist critics and it is praised as an early feminist text.CONDITION: VERY GOOD. Three volumes, uncut in the original brown full cloth bindings with gilt title to spines and blindstamped ornamental frames to boards. All three volumes professionally rebacked, preserving the original spines (that are lacking a bit at capitals). Upper part of spines with old library-numberings. Corners bumped. Inner hinges re-inforced. A bit of brownspotting throughout all three volumes. With the 16 pp. of advertisements at the end of volume 1 (dated October, 1849) and the 3 pp. of advertisements at the end of volume 3. Book-plate of the renowned Danish book collector K.F. Plesner to inside of front boards. PHOTOS AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. Nº de ref. de la librería 157