LIVES OF WIVES
Edition: First printing
London: Cassell, 1939. Octavo, blue-green cloth, spine gilt lettered. Spine lightly darkened; soft bump to upper outer corners of covers and text early and late; page edges a bit yellowed; covers a little bowed; else a VG jacketless copy. "Modern history really begins with the founding of the Persian Empire. The first emphatic punctuation in history after this is the time of Alexander and Aristotle; and the next after that is the time of Herod the Great. In the language of Daniel: ancient times were of gold and silver; the age of Cyrus the Persian was of brass; the age of Alexander, of iron, later mixed with clay. And then came the stone which broke into pieces this image of many metals: unhewn stone, like that of the altar of burnt-offerings at Jerusalem. I have called my version of these three crucial ages preceding the Christian Era LIVES OF WIVES because the principal male characters are here written of as husbands rather than as heroes." - Foreword. Historical fiction, feminist in approach. Uncommon in frst edition.