Marriage Rites, Customs, and Ceremonies of the Nations of the Universe

London: J. Smith, 1822. Hardcover. 400 pages. 22.5 x 14.5 cm. The author's only published work from what we can surmise from holdings in the NUC. In the preface the author argues that "Philosophically considered, there is but little inequality in the conditions of the two sexes. They are born, sustained, and die in the same manner. Education makes a distinction... The superior force of the male is rather muscular than internal..." However, the conclusion reached based on the marriage rites of other parts of the globe, is that English women have nothing to complain about, "Though the indissolubility of marriage may occasionally press hard on some deserving individuals." Includes separate chapters on marriage rites in North America and South America, highlighting the Iriquois and Huron, Massachusetts Bay ("The custom of tarrying there"), Virginia ("The story of Pocahontas"), and New Orleans ("Women of Color"). Some shelf wear to extremeties and spine edges, leather a bit dried and starting to crack. Later half calf over printed marbled boards, gilt spine in six compartments, reddish-brown morocco spine labels, all edges speckled, marbled endpapers, renewed flyleaves, engraved frontispiece. Very Good. Item #3081

Price: $275.00

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