A landmark in the history of women's emancipation

Mill, John Stuart. Die Hörigkeit der Frau. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt von Jenny Hirsch.

Berlin, F. Berggold, 1869.

8vo. (4), 176 pp. Contemporary green half cloth with giltstamped spine lettering.


First German edition, published in the same year as the original English edition ("The Subjection of Women"). A landmark in the history of women's emancipation. The ideas Mill here put forth were developed in collaboration with his wife, Helen Taylor Mill, who had died in 1858. In this work, Mill states that "the principle which regulates the existing social relations between the two sexes - the legal subordination of one sex to the other - is wrong in itself [...] and ought to be replaced by a principle of perfect equality [...]". Mill remained a campaigner for the emancipation of women; he "declared for women's suffrage in his election address at Westminster in 1885 and from that time forward a new bill was introduced into Parliament every few years to promote it" (PMM 398). The translator Jenny Hirsch (1829-1902) was a well-known German feminist. A member of the Women's Congress of 1865, she was active for many years in the "Lette-Verein", an association for promoting the education, training and employment of women.

A very well-preserved copy.

Stammhammer (Socialismus) I, 150, 8. Stammhammer (Social-Politik) I, 344, 3.

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