(London and elsewhere: Cassell and Company, Limited, 1908). 286 x 200 mm. (11 1/4 x 7 7/8"). Two volumes. Edited by T. Athol Joyce and N. W. Thomas. FIRST EDITION.
Pleasing burgundy half morocco, raised bands, spine gilt in double-ruled compartments with scrolling cornerpieces, gilt titling, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. With 26 color plates, 54 full-page black and white photographs, and hundreds of other black and white photographs in the text. Front pastedowns with bookplates of Henry Bartholomay. Spines just a little darkened and faintly dulled, a hint of rubbing to extremities, otherwise fine, the text clean, fresh, and bright, and the bindings with negligible wear.
First published as a fortnightly serial, this comprehensive ethnographic survey on the lives of women all over the world was edited by anthropologists Thomas Athol Joyce (1878-1942) and Northcote Whitridge Thomas (1868-1936). Volume I is devoted to the southern hemisphere, volume II to the northern. Joyce authored the chapter on New Zealand, and Thomas those on Australia, the Philippines, and the west coast of Africa. Other sections were written by those who knew the areas well, either as travellers or residents. Ella Sykes (1863-1939), the intrepid traveller who was the first European woman to visit the interior of Persia, wrote the entry on that country. Alice Werner (1859-1935), the first professor of Bantu languages in Great Britain, contributed the chapter on South and South-West Africa, and prominent Norwegian feminist Gina Krog (1847-1916) authored the entry on her native land. Other contributors included colonial administrator and travel writer A. R. Colquhoun, folklorist Lucy M. J. Garnett, travel writers Jesse Ackermann and Clive Holland, and prominent American ethnologists Walter Hough and Otis Mason. The work takes a decidedly feminist perspective, with as much attention given to the status of women in their respective societies as to their costumes and customs; the achievement of universal female sufferage is presented as inevitable and as a postive thing for civilization. The copious illustrations document the work and lives of women from all corners of the globe, and perhaps have more enduring interest than the text, which for all its progressive attitudes on the status of women is somewhat tainted by the cultural and racial biases of its time. (ST11462a-108)
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