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THE LADIES CALLING
[Allestree, Richard].

THE LADIES CALLING

In Two Parts. By the Author of the Whole Duty of Man, &c. At the Theater in Oxford 1673.
2nd Impression. Sm. 4to. [24] + 56pp. + pp.(61-68) + pp.(65-141) + [3] + 96 + pp.(89-96). 1 copper plate, t.p. device. Some light browning, marbled pastedowns, gilt tooled edges to boards, contemporary superior London binding in double gilt rule edged mottled calf with gilt tooled panelling and intricate gilt motifs to boards, some minor surface wear, intricate gilt compartments to spine, some loss to tail, a.e.g. Usual irregularities of pagination but complete. ESTC R4982 ‘The author of The whole duty of man = Richard Allestree. Also variously ascribed to Lady Pakington, Richard Sterne, John Fell, Humphrey Henchman, and others. Cf. DNB. Wing (2nd ed., 1994), A1142; Madan, III, 2963. ‘The Ladies Calling went through five editions within four years, republished into the 1720s.’ In this work, Allestree wrote, ‘[L]adies need not be much at a loss how to entertain themselves, nor run abroad in a romantic quest after foreign divertissements, when they have such variety of engagements at home.’ Allestree appeared to question the opinion that women were “naturally inferior to men.” He suggested that inequality between the sexes come down to a matter of educational opportunity, “and truly had women same advantage, I dare not say but they would make as good returns of it.” Still, Allestree believed that the female predicament was caused by “the first woman’s disobedience to God” and “that she (and all derived from her) should be subject to the husband.”’ Rare Books Department of Special Collections at the J. Willard Marriott Library.
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