FEMALE OPPRESSION IN FASHION - LIMNER, Luke (illustrator) [John LEIGHTON] (author). Madre Natura Versus The Moloch of Fashion. A Social Essay. London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly. 1874.
8vo.; publisher's beige cloth decorated and panelled in black and gilt to both boards and spine, all edges red, brown endpapers; pp. [ix], 10-119 +[i] + 40, publisher's catalogue, dated October 1878; with title-page and frontispiece in red and black and 30 engraved text illustrations by Luke Limner, Esq.; a good copy with overall rubbing, mottling and foxing to cloth boards, internally clean and sound with just a couple of short and narrow marginal ink marks; with the attractive tiny pictorial booklabel of John Lyle to inner upper cover.
Fourth edition (as stated), retaining the printed date, on the title, of the first edition of 1874. A sociological essay arguing against the practice of tight lacing and corsetry in the design of women's garments and other physically imperilling restrictions in female fashion. The previous owner, John Lyle (1932-2002) was a writer, collector, and specialist in Surrealism.