We are delighted to present this interesting literary attack on republicanism, Mary Wollstonecraft, and William Godwin, written as a series of letters. Fiction at this time was frequently used as a propaganda material, both by the “New Philosophy” authors, and by their critics.
These pseudo-letters, first appearing in the NY “Commercial Advertiser” of 1801, were written by Silliman (1779-1864) in support of the Federalist Party’s campaign. The book is dedicated to John Quincy Adams. Silliman, later a Yale professor, was the first to distill petroleum in America.
The work is a reflection on the early concept of women's rights, almost non-existent at the time; American poetry; and the American landscape; as well as being notable for its commentary on Hindu poetry and the Song of Solomon.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797), the 18th century British writer, philosopher, and advocate of women's rights, is critiqued here. “She seriously discards all that sexual tenderness, delicacy and modesty, which constitute the female loveliness”. A further letter critiques horse-riding and skating as inappropriate.
Overall, this book presents an interesting satirical response to the “New Philosophy”.
12mo, (18.5x11.5cm), pp.152. Rebound, brown cloth binding in very good condition, with gilt lettering and decoration to spine.
Pencil markings and annotations internally. Foxed and marked, this is usual for this work, due to the poor paper quality used. Tear to margin of p.43; Margins of pages 65-68 torn off, affecting no text.
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- Numero di Libri
- Antologia, Filosofia, Letteratura, Politica, Storia
- Autore/ Illustratore
- Benjamin Silliman
- Titolo del Libro
- Letters of Shahcoolen, a Hindu Philosopher, residing in Philadelphia (attacks Mary Wollstonecraft..)
- Condizioni molto buone
- Anno di pubblicazione dell’oggetto più vecchio
- 1° edizione
- Lingua originale
- Boston: Russell and Cutler
- Copertina rigida
- Numero di pagine
- 18.5×11.5 cm