The Love Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay. Mary Wollstonecraft, Roger Ingpen, pref.

The Love Letters of Mary Wollstonecraft to Gilbert Imlay

Good. Item #5681

London: Hutchinson & Co., 1908. First Edition. Octavo; 177pp. Frontis with tissue guard and two portrait plates. Red cloth-covered boards with gilt lettering and decoration. Gilt to top page edges. Ex-library of the Iowa State Library with bookplate and "withdrawn" stamp on front pastedown, call number at tail of spine, and stamps to title and first page of preface. Boards a bit edgeworn with nudging to spine ends, fading near tail from removed call number, and a roll to spine. Opens easily at covers and between a few gatherings, but binding is secure. Pages unmarked apart from library stamps mentioned above.

Collection of Letters from Wollstonecraft to American diplomat Gilbert Imlay. Wollstonecraft became involved with Imlay shortly after finishing her Vindication of the Rights of Women. While in France, Imlay falsely claimed the two had married in order to protect Mary from the fallout of the Reign of Terror. The two had a child, Fanny, but Imlay abandoned both and returned to England. [Windle 10]

This copy from the personal library of journalist William Safire.

Price: $50.00