London: G. Bell and Sons, LTD., 1928. First edition. Hardcover. 8vo. , 5-429,  pp. Red cloth with black lettering on the spine. Price of 15/- net on the spine panel of the dust jacket. Illustrated with a frontispiece of Dame Millicent Fawcett, greatly admired by Strachey, and with fifteen duotone plates of black and white photographs. With an essay by Florence Nightingale on the position of women, written in 1852. Oxford DNB, Barbara Caine, "Strachey [née Costelloe], Rachel Pearsall Conn [Ray]". Ray [née Rachel] Strachey was a devoted feminist, author, mother, and BBC correspondent. She worked to advance the position of women in the United Kingdom throughout her entire life. This book is her best-known publication, and for decades it was considered the standard history of Women's Suffrage in the United Kingdom. Strachey touches on the historical figures who advocated for the rights of women in the U.K., including Mary Wollstonecraft, John Stuart Mill, Emmeline Pankhurst (who is depicted on one of the plates in her prison uniform), and the first female M.P., Viscountess Astor. Strachey's book also depicts women at work, and offers a commentary on how women were viewed throughout the centuries in British politics and popular magazines. This book was published in the same year that Parliament passed its second piece of legistlation to enfranchise women voters. A fascinating, contemporary account of the women’s movement in Britain. Very Good / Very Good. Item #000010464
A small bookplate on the free front endpaper and some foxing to the textblock; jacket shows a subtle abrasion on the front panel and a tiny ink droplet on the rear panel.