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In the early 1900's there was a series of books with the general title of Woman - In all ages and in all countries. This particular copy - Women of Modern France - was written by Hugo Thieme, an academic at the University of Michigan. This book is an extremely comprehensive look at the history of French women from the 1600's up through the 19th century. Written in the stilted academic style of the era, it also has a few flashes of the sexism you might expect from the time, but is largely an accurate and unbiased historical account.

This book is 8 x 5.25 inches in size and 414 pages long and was published by Rittenhouse Press. Most of the pages are narrative, but there is a frontpiece illustration of Madam de Pompadour and a clerical lobbyist.

And even if you're not going to plow through an early 20th century treatise on the history of French women, you have to love that cover design. It's a stunner, and would be a great display piece -- the border has a very art nouveau feel, plus a naked lady standing out a globe, in a pose very similar to DaVinci's Vitruvian Man. Cool!


The front of the book is bright and clean, with the gilt design in superb condition. This book must have been stored in a bookcase for years, as the gilt design on the spine is all but faded away. There is little or no bumping or rubbing on the edges or tips.

The interior has no inscriptions or markings. The pages show some age-related tanning, and are all securely attached. I noted a bit of an old book smell when I hold it up to my nose, but it is NOT musty and it isn't apparent when you are handling the book in a normal fashion.