1953 THE SECOND SEX Simone de Beauvoir First Edition Hardcover
The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir, this is a first British edition, 1953. Translated and edited by HM Parshley. Published by Jonathan Cape hardcover. The dust jacket has minimal wear with light bumping of the corners. There is a name plate, inscription, and a penciled number on the front end page. The binding and interior pages are structurally sound. There aren't any obvious signs of marginalization or dog-eared pages.
The Second Sex is a 1949 book by the French existentialist Simone de Beauvoir, in which she discusses the treatment of women throughout history. The book was banned by the Vatican, because of its passages on the functions of the female body and descriptions of lesbian sex. Beauvoir also antagonised the church by linking the "subordinate" role of mothers, wives and prostitutes in one passage. If you are a collector of banned books, this is one you want on your library shelf.