(#157075) A FEW DAYS IN ATHENS, BEING THE TRANSLATION OF A GREEK MANUSCRIPT DISCOVERED IN HERCULANEUM. Part I [and II] ... Republished from the Original London Edition. Frances Wright.

A FEW DAYS IN ATHENS, BEING THE TRANSLATION OF A GREEK MANUSCRIPT DISCOVERED IN HERCULANEUM. Part I [and II] ... Republished from the Original London Edition. London: G. W. & A. J. Matsell, No. 94 Chatham St., 1835. 12mo, pp. [i-v] vi [7] 8-157 [158: ads] [1]-4: publisher's catalogue, inserted frontispiece (portrait of Epicurus signed Durand, sc.), original boards with green cloth shelf back, printed paper label affixed to spine panel. Third (?) U.S. edition. This appears to be a stereotyped reprint of the 157-page 1831 edition published in New York by Wright & Owen (an earlier 1831 Wright & Owen edition published part I only). Early editions include only chapters 1-12; later editions add chapters 13-16 (as here). A very popular, widely read series of Utopian dialogues, first published in 1822 in London and in 1825 in New York, purported to be a transcription of an ancient manuscript, but actually written by Wright. Frances Wright (1795-1852), widely known as Fanny Wright, "was a Scottish-born lecturer, writer, freethinker, feminist, abolitionist, and social reformer, who became a U.S. citizen in 1825. The same year, she founded the Nashoba Commune in Tennessee, as a utopian community to prepare slaves for emancipation, but it lasted only three years. Her VIEWS OF SOCIETY AND MANNERS IN AMERICA (1821) brought her to public attention." - Wikipedia. "She became known in America as a campaigner against slavery, capital punishment and the oppression of women, far more editions were published in America than in England." - Sevin Seydi Rare Books. Negley 1216. Not in Lewis or Sargent. Bookplate affixed to front paste-down. Boards rubbed and soiled, inner front hinge cracked but still holding tight, foxing, sometimes heavy throughout, but a very good copy. All early editions of this book are now uncommon, this one especially so. OCLC reports one copy of this Matsell edition (Finders University Library, Adelaide, Australia). (#157075).

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