London: Spottiswoode for Smith, Elder and Co., 1877. Hardcover. 3 vols. 8vo (19.7 cm, 7.8"). [v] vii [viii],  441, [1 blank] pp.; frontis. (port.), ill; p. 235 as 225. [v] viii,  510 pp.; frontis. (port.), ill. [iv],  395 [1 blank] pp.
Third edition stated: Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) began her career as an author to support her family. Her articles soon brought her fame. Martineau argued for women's education as the key to equality and supported women's suffrage. When she traveled in America, she condemned slavery and criticized chivalry as repressive. Martineau's first and best novel featured women's equality. She supported divorce reform and battled the Contagious Diseases Acts. Martineau designed and built her own house in England's Lake District and was visited by the Wordsworths, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, and many others.
Feminist Companion p. 724. Publisher's brown cloth, spine lettered in gilt and decorated in gilt and black, covers decorated in black. Top edge brown. Two frontispiece portraits and four illustrations. Black-coated endpapers. Vol. III comprised of memorials edited by Maria Weston Chapman, a friend to whom Martineau had left her autobiography. Provenance: armorial bookplate motto: "Aedes Carthusianae in usum Carthusianorum" and "G. Searle," librarian" to front pastedowns. Vol. I spine creased; vol. I brief marginalia p. 328; spines rolled; spine ends creased; covers lightly soiled; pages, two tissues, and edges to margins sporadically and faintly foxed. Attractive and tight set. Very good. Item #896