Place and Imprint: Paris: Chez Nyon I'ainé, Libraire, 1787.
Edition: First edition.
Bibliographical References: Gerritsen Collection of Women's History, 2429; Brunet 23212.
Condition: Edges slightly rubbed; light foxing; fine copy.
Book ID: 28654
Physical Description8vo, 19th century full dark blue morocco by Capé, marbled paper endpapers, gilt-decorated spine and dentelles, gilt lettering, a.e.g. With half-title.
CommentsA study of the social and legal status of women in Europe from the Roman period through the 18th century. In 22 brief chapters, Barthélemy-Gabriel Rolland D'Erceville writes about the education of women, their influence on government, science and the arts, and their treatment by chevaliers and in the literature of the troubadours. Rolland supports his treatise with over 100 pages of notes. Rolland d'Erceville (1734-1794) was an erudite and well-connected member of the French establishment and in the government of Louis XVI. He was, among other important governmental posts in which he served, the first president of the Chambre de Requêtes of the Parlement de Paris; he was also not surprisingly judged to be an enemy of the Revolution and was guillotined in 1794.