New York: Geo. A. Leavitt, n.d. [circa 1870-1876]. Reprint. Octavo (22cm); brown cloth with portions stained purple, decorative borderwork and lettering stamped in gilt; color illustration tipped-on front; xl,340pp,frontis.,20 plates. AEG; spine somewhat sunned; boards worn with abrasions and chapped extremities, material loss and bumping to leading corners; front illustration cracked; soil and foxing throughout interiors, with some tearing to tissue paper that accompanies plates. Gift inscription on ffep. Overall just about Very Good.
Women of Worth and Beauty is a single volume reprint of Anna Murphy Jameson's Characterstics of Women, a two-volume series originally published in 1833; it also reproduces the preface from Volume I of the third edition, published by Saunders and Otley in 1836. In this series, Mrs. Jameson analyzes the moral and poetic qualities of several Shakespearean heroines, with a b/w plate engraving for each one (Portia, the first heroine described, is given the frontispiece). This book is undated, but was published when Geo. A. Leavitt was still doing business at No. 8 Howard Street (1870-1876). A very rare and unusual version of this seminal book.