An Experiment in Visualizing the Marketplace for Publications on Feminism and Women's Rights

What if we searched the English Short Title Cataloge (ESTC) for two subjects, "Feminism" and "Women's Rights," for works printed or sold in London between 1660 and 1830? Would we find that such texts were frequently printed? (no) Would we find that they were sold in locations marginal to the bulk of the book trade, at St. Paul's, Fleet Street & the Strand, and Paternoster Row? (no)

Here's what it looks like, approximately, to map where the texts were sold (in progress—a few to add yet). Click show/hide labels if they're not visible. Note that because this is still experimental, display isn't as pretty or intuitive as it could be. Multiple editions of a single text all show up without differentiation, for example. Dots and triangles, traditional mapping symbols, would be better than labels. Exact addresses aren't yet available.

More of these kinds of mappings would reveal a more meaningful picture of the topography of works sold in London, but for now this serves merely as an experiment in visualization.

 

In bibliographical format, the results are:

A.L. A question deeply concerning married persons, and such as intend to marry: propounded and resolved according to the scriptures. London: printed for Tho. Underhill, at the Anchor and Bible in Pauls Church-yard, 1653. ("The Author to the Christian Reader" signed: A.L.)

Astell, Mary. A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest. By a lover of her sex. Part 1. London: printed for R. Wilkin at the King's Head in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1694.

Astell, Mary. A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest· By a lover of her sex. Part 1. The second edition corrected. London: printed for R. Wilkin, at the King's-Head in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1695.

Astell, Mary. A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest· Part I. By a lover of her sex. The third edition corrected. London: printed by T.W. for R. Wilkin, at the King's-Head in St. Paul's Church-Yard, 1696.

Astell, Mary. A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest. In two parts. By a lover of her sex. London: printed for Richard Wilkin at the King's-Head in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1697.

Astell, Mary. A serious proposal to the ladies, part II: wherein a method is offer'd for the improvement of their minds. Second part of the proposal to the ladies. London: printed for Richard Wilkin at the King's Head in St. Paul's Church-yard, 1697.

Astell, Mary. A serious proposal to the ladies, for the advancement of their true and greatest interest. In two parts. By a lover of her sex. London: printed for Richard Wilkin, 1697 [1701].

C. G. (Charles Gerbier). Elogium heroinum. The ladies vindication: or, The praise of worthy women. Written by C.G. gent. London : printed by T. M[abb]. & A. C[oles]. and are sold by William Raybould, at the Unicorn in Pauls Church-yard, neer the little north-door, 1651.

Hamilton, Elizabeth. Memoirs of modern philosophers. In three volumes. Vol. I. Bath: printed by R. Cruttwell, for G. G. and J. Robinson, Pater-Noster-Row, London, 1800.

Hamilton, Elizabeth. Memoirs of modern philosophers. In three volumes. By Elizabeth Hamilton,... Second edition. Bath: printed by R. Cruttwell; for G. G. and J. Robinson, London, 1800.

Hays, Mary. Letters and essays, moral, and miscellaneous. By Mary Hays. London: printed for T. Knott, No. 47, Lombard-Street, MDCCXCIII. [1793].

[Hays, Mary]. Anonymous. Appeal to the men of Great Britain in behalf of women. [London]: Printed for J. Johnson; and J. Bell, 1798.

[Hays, Mary]. Anonymous. Appeal to the men of Great Britain in behalf of women. [London] : Printed for J. Johnson; and J. Bell, 1798.

Heale, William. The great advocate and oratour for women. Or the Arraignment, tryall and conviction of all such wicked husbands (or monsters) who hold it lawfull to beate their wives, or to demeane themselves severely and tyrannically towards them. where: their crafty pleas are fully heard, and their objections plainly answered, and confuted: and the just sentence of their condemnation passed against them from the law of nature: the law of civile-pollicy (or morallity:) the civill and canon law: and the law of God. [London? : s.n.], A.D. 1682. (General note Attributed to William Heale by Wing.)

I. A. The good vvomans champion or, A defence for the weaker vessell, being fit for vviddowes, wives, maidens, or others, to read or heare. Wherein is vindicated the bitter reproaches, [and] scandalous writings of some fantastick men, against poore harmlesse women, and maides. With a carefull wives good counsell to a carelesse bad husband. By I. A. Printed at London: for Francis Grove, and are to be sold at his shop neare the Sarazens Head on Snow Hill, [1650?].

Lady. An essay in defence of the female sex. In which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c. In a letter to a lady. Written by a lady. London: printed for A. Roper and E. Wilkinson at the Black Boy, and R. Cla3el at the Peacock, in Fleetstreet, 1696. (Attributed to Mary Astell and by Wing CD to Judith Drake.)

Lady. An essay in defence of the female sex. In which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c. In a letter to a lady. Written by a lady. The second edition. London: printed for A. Roper and E. Wilkinson at the Black Boy, and R. Clavel at the Peacock, in Fleetstreet, 1696. (Attributed to Mary Astell and by Wing CD to Judith Drake.)

Lady. An essay in defence of the female sex. In which are inserted the characters of a pedant, a squire, a beau, a vertuoso, a poetaster, a city-critick, &c. In a letter to a lady. Written by a lady. The third edition with additions. London: printed for A. Roper and E. Wilkinson at the Black Boy, and R. Clavel at the Peacock, in Fleetstreet, 1696. (Attributed to Mary Astell and by Wing CD to Judith Drake.)

Lady of quality. The female advocate; or, A plea for the just liberty of the tender sex, and particularly of married women. Being reflections on a late rude and disingenuous discourse, delivered by Mr. John Sprint, in a sermon at a wedding, May 11th, at Sherburn in Dorsetshire, 1699. By lady of quality. London: printed for Andrew Bell at the Cross-keys and Bible in Cornhil, near Stocksmarket, 1700. (Sometimes attributed to Lady Mary Lee Chudleigh.)

Lambert, Anne Thérèse de Marguenat de Courcelles, marquise de. Reflexions nouvelles sur les femmes, par une dame de la cour de France. Le prix est de douze sols. Londres: chez J. P. Coderc in little New-Port Street, M.DCCXXX. [1730].

Lambert, Anne Thérèse de Marguenat de Courcelles, marquise de. Reflexions nouvelles sur les femmes, par une dame de la cour de France. Nouvelle edition corrigée. A Londres : chez J. P. Coderc, in Little New-Port Stret, M.DCC.XXX. [1730]. (Probably printed on the continent.)

Radcliffe, Mary Ann. The female advocate; or an attempt to recover the rights of women from male usurpation. By Mary Anne Radcliffe. London: printed for Vernor and Hood, NO. 31, Poultry, 1799.

Robinson, Mary. Thoughts on the condition of women, and on the injustice of mental subordination. By Mary Robinson.
Second edition. London: printed for T. N. Longman, and O. Rees, NO. 39, Paternoster-Row, by G. Woodfall, NO. 22, Paternoster-Row, 1799.

Smith, Charlotte Turner. Desmond. A novel, in three volumes. By Charlotte Smith. Volume I. London: printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater-Noster-Row, 1792.

Smith, Charlotte Turner. Desmond. A novel, in three volumes. By Charlotte Smith. Volume I. Second edition. London: printed for G.G.J. and J. Robinson, Pater-Noster-Row, 1792.

Sophia (Person of quality). La femme n'est pas inferieure a l'homme. Traduit de l'anglois. A Londres: s.n., 1750. (The imprint is false; probably published in Paris.)

Sophia, Person of Quality. Woman not inferior to man: or, A short and modest Vindication of the natural Right of the Fair-Sex to a perfect Equality of Power, Dignity, and Esteem, with the Men. By Sophia, A Person of Quality. London: printed for John Hawkins, at the Falcon in St Paul's Church-Yard, MDCCXXXIX. [1739].

Sophia, Person of Quality. Woman not inferior to man: or, a short and modest vindication of the natural right of the fair-sex to a perfect equality of power, dignity, and esteem, with the men. By Sophia, a person of quality. The second edition corrected. London: printed for John Hawkins, at the Falcon in St Paul's Church-Yard, MDCCXL. [1740].

Tate, Nahum. A present for the ladies: being an historical vindication of the female sex. To which is added, the character of an accomplish'd virgin, wife, and widow, in verse. London: printed for Francis Saunders, at the Blue Anchor in the New Exchange in the Strand, 1692.

Wollstonecraft, Mary. Posthumous works of the author of A vindication of the rights of woman. In four volumes. Vol. I. London: printed for J. Johnson, No. 72, St. Paul's Church-Yard; and G.G. and J. Robinson, Paternoster-Row, 1798.