BookGIBSON, J. The Emancipation of Women. London, 1894. Second Edition. (No known copy of the first edition can be found, and this second edition is very rare) An important text examining the past subjection of women, and arguing that even greater efforts need to be made to free women from social limitations. In green publisher’s binding with gilt embossed title on cover.Gibson remarked in the book's first chapter that "the laws of this country still treat women as the inferiors of men – as mere slave stuff. It can never be said that the work of political and social reform is finished until women are not only politically enfranchised, but are able to take their seats in both Houses of Parliament, and to hold even the highest positions in governments, trades and professions." The feminist Lady Florence Dixie enclosed The Emancipation of Women in an open letter to Prime Minister William Ewart Gladstone and other major political figures, passionately criticizing their male-supremacist assumptions and opposition to women's suffrage and commending Gibson as a "true man and real - not sham - Liberal"; the letter was published in the suffragist newspaper The Woman's Herald in April 1892. Gibson was also a supporter of the atheist and secularist Charles Bradlaugh.Minor bumping to cover corners, but overall clean. Pages have minor toning not affecting text, and binding is tight. Very good condition. There are only 10 known copies of this rare second edition at any library or institution worldwide, as per OCLC Worldcat.