BY THE FIRST FEMALE CAREER ACADEMIC IN ENGLAND
HARRISON, Jane Ellen. Reminiscences of a Student's Life. London; Published by Leonard and Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press. 1925.
8vo. Original marbled red and black cloth with paper lettering label to spine, top edges stained red, others untrimmed; pp. [iv], v-vii + [i], 9-90 + [i]; with 6 photographic plates in half-tones; some fading, yellowing, and rubbing to lettering label but otherwise externally and internally fresh and clean, without inscription..
First edition, first impression, of these autobiographical recollections and musings by the important British classicist and scholar Jane Ellen Harrison (1850-1928), one of the founders of modern studies in Ancient Greek religion and mythology who is widely credited with being the first woman to obtain a post in England as a "career academic". This slim work gives an interesting insight into the life of a female scholar at Newnham College, Cambridge, in the nineteenth century ("there was an odd rule throughout the College that no girl might buy a book") alongside reflections on her childhood, work in classical studies, and her advanced years.