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WOMEN’S RIGHTS / POLAND: O prawach kobiéty [On Women’s Rights]


An early Polish book, supporting the women’s rights


8°. [4 pp.], 472 pp., contemporary three quarter grey linen binding with marbled boards, hand-written title on the spine, marbled edges (book plate of a Franciscan Library in Krakow with deaccessioned stamps on the inner side of the front board, stamps of the same library on the title page and inside the book, deaccessioned stamp on the title page, old paper label on the upper part of the front board with a deaccessioned stamp, light foxing in the first part of the book, but overall internally in a good and clean condition, binding with light wear to the corners).




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A rare early work in Polish language list arguments for legally increasing women’s right in Poland. The chapters of the book embrace the following titles: Response to allegations against women’s equality, Historical overview [of women’s rights], How and why is set the question of women’s equality, Economic liberation of women, Woman in social and public life, A woman’s family position, Family status of the man, Laws – What a woman has the right to demand from lawmakers, and what of morals?

This is a second, enlarged edition with an additional appendix of eight chapters with over 160 pages of various commentaries, mostly concerning women’s right in the United States, and translations. The first edition was published in 1873 (Scan: O prawach kobiéty – Google Books).

Polish women were only granted the right to vote on November 1918, just two weeks after Poland regained independence.

Worldcat lists two institutional examples: Warsaw University Library (Uniwersytet Warszawski Biblioteka) and The British Library.

References: OCLC 504745157, 759051533.

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