The Art of Knowing Women: or, the Female Sex Dissected, in a Faithful Representation of their Virtues and Vices. Chevalier Plante-Amour, François Bruys.
The Art of Knowing Women: or, the Female Sex Dissected, in a Faithful Representation of their Virtues and Vices...
The Art of Knowing Women: or, the Female Sex Dissected, in a Faithful Representation of their Virtues and Vices...

The Art of Knowing Women: or, the Female Sex Dissected, in a Faithful Representation of their Virtues and Vices...

London: 1730.

First Edition. Hardcover (Full Leather). Very Good Condition. Item #047144
ISBN: NoISBN

Contemporary sheep rebacked, new endpapers added while retaining the old, pastedowns refreshed (one with a small tear). Scattered foxing, old signature to title. Tear to edge of A2 in the dedication touching a catchword. (7), v, (4), 237, (3)pp. With the three page bookseller catalog at rear.

The rare first English edition - a second edition was published in 1732. Both are rare, this first less often seen in commerce. It is (I'm pretty sure) intended as satire, but the misogyny of the time and the misogyny of the satire have, over time, blurred together so that it is difficult to separate the two. François Bruys condemned women for their taste for "prize-fighters" , "hackney coach-men", and "rope-dancers". Damnable rope-dancers! Size: Octavo (8vo). Quantity Available: 1. Shipped Weight: Under 1 kilo. Category: Women & Feminism; Literature & Literary. Inventory No: 047144.

Price: $2,500.00