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De lÕinfluence des femmes sur la littŽrature franaise, comme protectrices des lettres et comme auteurs.

Genlis, Stephanie-FŽlicitr, Madame de. StŽphanie-FŽlicitŽ, Madame de Genlis (1746 Ð 1830) was a prolific author of educational works for children and romance novels. In 1772, she became a lady-in-waitingÊtoÊLouise Marie AdŽla•de de Bourbon, wife of the DukeÕs sonÊPhilippe dÕOrlŽans, Duke of Chartres, and began a brief affair with Chartres. She was appointed governess to his daughters in 1777 and assigned to teach his sons in 1781, an unusual decision that spoke to GenlisÕ abilities as an educator. Genlis had published her first educational works, a series titled ThŽ‰tre de lՎducation (1779 Ð 1780), around the same time, which had been inspired by a series of theater productions she had written with Madame de Montesson (1738 Ð 1806). The plays starred their children and were attended by aristocrats including Diderot and dÕAlembert. Octavo. lx, 373 pp. Later nineteenth century quarter calf over marbled boards. Gilt spine. Marbled edges. Some toning throughout. A very good, wide copy. First edition. This study of the influence of over forty French women authors begins with Radegund (ca. 520 Ð 587) and ends with Sophie Cottin (1770 Ð 1807). Genlis also wrote the childrenÕs works Les Annales de la vertuÊ(1781) andÊAdle et ThŽodoreÊ(1782), as well as the popular romance Mademoiselle de Clermont (1802). Her works were read (though not always admired) by many important woman writers including Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, and Anna Letitia Barbauld, the latter of whom favorably compared GenlisÕ Adle et ThŽodore to RousseauÕs Emile.
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Are you in the know?

Kotex. The two questions on the last page are related to Kotex products. One reads, ÒHow to choose Kotex in the size best for you?Ó with the answer options, ÒBy the Ôeenie-meenieÕ method,Ó ÒEcho your gal palÕs choice,Ó and ÒTry all 3.Ó The answer reads, ÒDifferent girls have different needsÑso Kotex comes in 3 sizesÉTry all 3: see which oneÕs for you.Ó 5 x 6 in [32] pp. Illustrated on all but two pages. Full cover title reads, ÒAre you in the know? about etiquette / dating / grooming / fashions / this ÔnÕ that.Ó Pictorial paper self-wrappers. Slight smudging to wrappers. Contemporary pencil ownership signature (Patty Long) to front cover. A very good copy. First edition. This booklet, which advertises Kotex products on the last page, is formatted as a multiple-choice quiz that asks readers questions about etiquette, personal grooming, and fashion. For example, readers are prompted with the question ÒAfter a dance number, whatÕs your next step?Ó (paired with an illustration of a confused-looking girl at a party) and given the answer options ÒDo a repeat,Ó ÒThank him and retreat,Ó and ÒTag a stag.Ó The answer reads, ÒAs the music stops, Ôtween numbersÑmaybe youÕre plagued by a passel of doubts. Such asÑmight Pete prefer the next whirl with some other girl? Should you retreat to the WallflowersÕ Roost? Or high-sign the stag line? ÔCourse not! Continue with your partner Ôtil a gent cuts in, which will happen sooner or later.Ó Kotex was seemingly the first American brand to advertise specific branded menstrual products directly to girls. Advertising booklets that marketed menstrual products to adult women first appeared in the United States in the early 1920s (Kotex was also one of the first companies to distribute these booklets in general, both in the U.S. and abroad), but Kotex seems to be the first brand that addressed pubescent girls as a market for menstrual products. Early Kotex advertising material for girls includes their Marjorie May series (ca. 1928-1938) and As One Girl to Another (1940). See the ÒCompany BookletsÓ page on the Museum of Menstruation (MUM) website for more information. OCLC records only one copy (Harvard).
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Right and Wrong in Massachusetts.

Chapman, Maria Weston. Maria Weston Chapman (1806 Ð 1885) was an important abolitionist who played a major role in antislavery organizations including the Boston Female Anti-Slavery Society (of which she was the corresponding secretary and the writer of annual reports), the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society, and the New England Anti-Slavery Society, among others. ChapmanÕs early organizing efforts included a series of extremely successful fundraisers for antislavery groups: beginning in 1835, Chapman managed the annual Antislavery Fairs of the American Anti-Slavery Society, which raised four thousand dollars a year for the organization. In the ANB, Gerald Sorin writes, ÒThat the fairs were the antislavery movementÕs major source of income was largely due to the energy and vision of Chapman, who ran them virtually single-handedlyÉÓ Chapman also edited the Liberty Bell, an antislavery gift book, for nearly twenty years, and served as acting editor of the Liberator when William Lloyd Garrison was ill or traveling. Twelvemo. 177 pp. PublisherÕs brown linen. Black paint stain to cloth on lower board. Some toning and dampstaining to leaves. Lacking front flyleaf. A good copy of a book that is scarce in commerce. First edition of the authorÕs first book. Between 1848 and 1855, while Chapman was traveling abroad with her daughters, she solicited aid for the antislavery cause from many Europeans, including Lady Byron, Madam de Stael, the Duchess de Broglie, Harriet Martineau, Alexis de Tocqueville, and Alphonse de Lamartine. Upon her return to the United States, Chapman began advocating for the Republican party, its antislavery stance, and military aggression against the Confederacy. Soon after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation, Chapman largely disappeared from the antislavery movement, though she maintained an interest in the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society. Sabin 11995.
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A Mirror for the Female Sex. Historical Beauties for Young Ladies.Designed Principally for the Use of LadiesÕ Schools.

Pilkington, [Mary]. Mary Susanna Pilkington (nŽe Hopkins, 1761 Ð 1839) was a poet, author, and educational writer. After three of her moralistic works were published by Elizabeth Newbery in 1797, she pivoted to writing educational works for womenÕs schools and published the present work, Biography for GirlsÊ(1798), and Mentorial Tales (1802). In the Oxford DNB, S.J. Skedd writes that Pilkington Òechoed bothÊHannah MoreÊandÊMary WollstonecraftÊin arguing that girls should be given an intellectual education and in asserting that Ôthe female mind is certainly as capable of acquiring knowledge as that of the other sex,Õ (A Mirror for the Female Sex, p. 61).Ó Twelvemo. xxiv, 226, [2, ads] pp. With a frontispiece and woodcut head- and tailpieces sometimes attributed to Thomas Bewick. Rebound in modern light brown cloth with black leather spine label. Ink gift signature (dated 1822) to preliminary blank. Some toning and foxing. A very good copy of the uncommon first edition. First edition. A Mirror for the Female Sex is an educational work for young women that advocates for the importance of thorough education, sisterly love, friendship, and religious piety. The Òhistorical beautiesÓ noted in the present work include many learned women like the translator and scholar Margaret Roper (1505 Ð 1544), daughter of Sir Thomas More; and the Dutch painter, womenÕs educational writer, and poet Anna Maria van Shurman (1607 Ð 1678). Note that Hugo attributes the engravings in the present work to Bewick (The Bewick Collector, 123), but Tattersfield does not include the present work in his 2011 Bewick bibliography. Roscoe. John Newbery, J284.
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Jabberwocky, The Famous Mock Heroic Epic.With illustrations, comments, and a complete glossary by Pall W. Bohne.]

[ Bookhaven Press ]. Carroll, Lewis. Bohne was an eminent member of the Southern California fine press and book arts scene who was known particularly for his expertise in letter press printing. As the operator of Bookhaven Press in Rosemead, California from 1967-1992, Bohne produced numerous works of ephemera and printed pamphlets, including a few miniature books such as Haiku with Birds (1967), Highlights in the History of American Whaling (1968), and Jabberwocky, the Famous Mock Heroic Epic (1971). In 1971, Bohne became a member of the Rounce & Coffin Club, a gathering space for bibliophiles founded by Grant Dahlstrom and Ward Ritchie. Bohne demonstrated his skills as an artisan through wood-engraving and bookplate production, and purportedly held a wide range of interests in other fields such as beekeeping and blacksmithingÓ (Joyce Wang). Miniature (2 x 1 Ó). 42 pp. With five full-page illustrations printed in green. Printed on an Old Series Chandler & Price platen press. Typefaces used were Libra, Bembo, and Òthe type used to handset the poem itself is something of a mystery. It was give to me by a printer of note, Mr. Grant Dahlstrom of the Castle Press in Pasadena, Calif., who had received the font from an employee. ResearchÉhas, thus, far, failed to reveal the name of the type or its founderÓ (colophon). Hand-bound in quarter burgundy leather over French-made marbled paper. A fine copy. One of 300 copies. In the introduction, Pall W. Bohne (1935 - 2017) writes, ÒIn 1870 Lewis Carroll published his book Through the Looking Glass, which contains perhaps the most famous nonsense poem in the English language, the Jabberwocky. The poem is presented in chapter one, and later on, in chapter six, an explanation is given by Humpty Dumpty of the hard words found in verse one. The meanings of the hard words in the other verses have caused much debate during the past one hundred years. In an effort to quell this controversy, the publisher, after much research, takes pleasure in presenting this edition of the Jabberwocky with a complete glossary of all the hard words.Ó Wang, Joyce. ÒFinding Aid to the Pall W. Bohne Collection.Ó William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (2017).
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Lessons on Shells, as Given to the Children Between the Ages of Eight and Ten, in a Pestalozzian School.

Mayo, Elizabeth. Elizabeth Mayo (1793 Ð 1865) was an educational reformer and writer who played a major role in popularizing the theories of Pestalozzi in England. Mayo and her brother Charles (1792 Ð 1846) also ran an evangelical school based on theories that Charles had learned from Pestalozzi. Mayo wrote her two most successful books, Lessons on Objects (1830) and the present work, based on the Pestalozzian method of the object lesson, which developed observational skills through the careful examination of objects. These two books were the first of their kind in England, and popularized the use of the object lesson for generations of teachers. While running the school in Cheam with her brother, Mayo developed a lifelong interest in early childhood education and the teaching methods best suited for that age group. In 1843, Mayo began working at the Home and Colonial Infant School Society in London, where she became the first woman in England to be employed in teacher training. She developed lesson plans, supervised curricula, and acted as a general consultant at the institution. The institution offered a broad course to prepare students to teach grammar, math, geography, the arts, and physical education. By the late 1840s, the Home and Colonial Society provided teachers to early childhood education programs all across England, and was widely distributing lesson plans and teaching materials to schools as well. Octavo. xiii, [2], 228 pp. With ten lithographed plates of shells. Preface by Charles Mayo, the authorÕs brother. Also, with the authorÕs preface to the second edition. PublisherÕs blue cloth. Some sunning to spine and dustsoiling to top edge. Some foxing to plates and to first few leaves and light marginal toning. Partially unopened. A very good copy. Third edition. First published by Seeley in 1832. In the Oxford DNB, Janet Shepherd writes, ÒElizabethÕsÊemphasis on structure, at a time when early years teaching tended to be unsystematic, secured her importance in the history of infant education.
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Alphabet & Kindergarten Building Blocks. No. 4 . [Set of twenty Milton Bradley Co. building blocks.]

[ Froebel Gifts]. The present sent of blocks is notable in large part because it predates the 1876 Centennial Exhibition and the corresponding explosion in popularity of the kindergarten concept in the United States. Milton Bradley published the first American book on the kindergarten, a translation of Edward WiebŽÕs The Paradise of Childhood, in 1869 and within the next few years was producing activity kits based on the Gift designs of Friedrich Froebel (1782 - 1852). In large part due to the popularity of Milton BradleyÕs Froebelian materials, ÒThe Forms selected by Froebel and his followers in the 1850s and 1860s thus became a kind of international standard for use in schools of all countries,Ó (Brosterman, p. 99). FroebelÕs ideas were further amplified at the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, which included the ÒKindergarten Cottage,Ó an exhibit of work done by young Boston students who were engaging with FroebelÕs curriculum in one of the first kindergarten classrooms in the country (Brosterman, p. 10). (Brosterman, Norman. Inventing Kindergarten, 1997.) Twenty color-painted blocks (2 x 1 x Ó) enclosed in wooden box (7 x 5 x 1 Ó). On one side of each block is an illustration of an animal and on the other is a letter of the alphabet, in both upper- and lowercase, that corresponds with the animal pictured (e.g., R and rat). With duplicates of three blocks (Q/quail, W/water hog, and T/tiger), plus one block that seems to be misprinted with ÒDÓ on one side and Òhorse carÓ on the other. Lacking ten letters (C, E, H, I, N, O, S, V, Y, and Z). Black walnut box with color-printed paper onlay to sliding lid. Lip missing from sliding lid and some rubbing and cracking to the paper onlay. Advertisement leaf, partially rubbed away, pasted onto verso of lid. Edgewear to blocks, with some fading to the paint. Despite general wear, the box and blocks are well-preserved. A good set of rare building blocks that predate the popularization of the kindergarten concept in the United States. The twenty alphabet blocks preserved here do not seem to correspond with the set named on the box label. According to BradleyÕs Catalogue and Price List of Games and Home Amusements for 1873-4, Set 4 of the Milton Bradley Alphabet & Kindergarten Building Blocks contained thirty blocks: ÒRoman alphabets, large and small letters, numerals and animals. Blocks painted, black walnut box,Ó (p. 22). The present set of blocks do seem to be a product of the Milton Bradley Co., and resemble the blocks illustrated in BradleyÕs Catalogue, but probably originate from one of the other six sets in the Alphabet & Kindergarten Building Blocks series.
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The Charming Woman.

Fraser, Helen. ÒYour appearance and personality are controlling factors in your life. The purpose of this course is to make your life more interesting, happier, and more successful by making you a more beautiful, graceful, and effective womanÉYour finest and most charming self only you can realize. Your future is for youÓ (from the ÒPersonal Analysis GuideÓ). This mail-order guide promises to instruct women in fashion, weight loss, personal grooming, and social conduct using the ÒexpertiseÓ of celebrities and midcentury style icons. It seems that The Charming Woman was not a fashion magazine that circulated aside from these guides, but the aesthetics and content of the publication are consistent with the fashion magazine genre Eleven booklets, 32 pp. each. Ten of the booklets are numbered, plus one ÒPersonal Analysis GuideÓ special issue. Each issue is fully illustrated in color and in black. This full set of eleven issues comprise a hundred-day ÒCourse in Successful Living for Women.Ó Style icons of the day are credited as contributors on various articles: Diana Barrymore, Helena Rubinstein, Marguerite Benson, Clair Ogilvie, Charles Revson, Frankie Van, Lily Pons, Patricia Coffin, and others. Bound together in a gray cloth binder with a white-and-red embossed illustration. Some edgewear and slight toning, spine a trifle cocked. A very good copy. First edition in this format. These course booklets were mailed to readers on subscription, with an additional fee to order the cloth binder separately. A Ò180-Day CourseÓ edition was published from 1950 to 1951. All editions are scarce in the full set. Helen Fraser was a model and businesswoman who founded the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in New York in 1939. The school still operates today with a headquarters in Tampa, Florida, and trains performers who appear mostly in teen entertainment.
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Bradley’s Kindergarten Material. No. 5. Fifth Gift.

[ Froebel Gifts ]. Friedrich Froebel (1782 - 1852), early childhood education pioneer who developed the concept of the kindergarten, created his Gifts between about 1830 and 1850. These twenty activities, which varied in complexity and included artistic methods like embroidery, paper-folding (similar to origami), and parquetry (similar to tangrams), were intended for young children to preteens. Many of the Gifts could be fashioned through materials available at home or in any classroom, but publishers like the Milton Bradley Company also distributed the materials for the Gifts in kits for parents and teachers. In large part due to the popularity of Milton BradleyÕs Froebelian materials, ÒThe Forms selected by Froebel and his followers in the 1850s and 1860s thus became a kind of international standard for use in schools of all countries,Ó (Brosterman, p. 99). Through the Gifts, educators were able to use the concept of Òlearning through playÓ to teach students abstract reasoning, problem-solving, artistry, and many more skills that would prepare them for a life of creativity and independent thinking. Thirty-seven wooden building blocks (twenty-one 1Ó cubes, six larger pyramids, and twelve smaller pyramids) enclosed in a 3 Ó cubic box. A complete set. Brown wooden box with sliding lid. Contemporary pencil ownership signature to inside of lid (Gladys Chipman). Printed paper label, somewhat cracked and chipped. A very good set of rare blocks that are rarely found in complete sets [Together with: ] BradleyÕs Kindergarten Material. No. 6. Sixth Gift. Springfield, Massachusetts: Milton Bradley Company, [n.d., ca. 1890s]. Thirty-six wooden building blocks (eighteen large rectangular blocks, twelve square blocks, and six long rectangular blocks) enclosed in a 3 Ó cubic box. A complete set. Brown wooden box with sliding lid. Contemporary pencil ownership signature to inside of lid (Gladys Chipman). Printed paper label. A near fine, remarkably attractive set. The third, fourth, fifth, and sixth Froebel Gifts are all variations on the theme of wooden building blocks. The fifth and sixth Gifts are both three-inch cubes that have been divided into smaller shapes along horizontal, vertical, and, in the case of the fifth Gift, diagonal lines. The fifth Gift was meant to be seen by students of FroebelÕs method as (literally) building on the aesthetic and geometric concepts introduced in the third Gift, a two-inch cube; and the sixth gift as an extension of the fourth. In Inventing Kindergarten, Norman Brosterman explains that the fifth and sixth Gifts were Òdesigned to further the sequence of nature, knowledge, and beauty forms previously explored, in more complexity and with greater varietyÉLike all the block toys, the fifth and sixth gift taught lessons on volume, planarity, construction, and enclosureÓ (p. 57). Brosterman also notes that FroebelÕs block-themed Gifts foreshadowed the actual buildings of Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies, Adolf Loos, and Le Corbusier, which drew aesthetically on FroebelÕs designs. Brosterman, Norman. Inventing Kindergarten, pp. 50-57, 99.
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The Tragedy of a WidowÕs Third.

Fall, Anna Christy. Anna Christy Fall was a lawyer, suffragist, the first woman to plead a jury case in Massachusetts, and the first woman to argue a case before the Massachusetts Supreme Court. She graduated magna cum laude with her Juris Doctor degree from the Boston University School of Law in 1891. Fall and her husband had a law practice and worked together to improve womenÕs legal rights. Their daughter, Emma Latimer Fall Schofield, became the first woman judge in New England. Vesper Lincoln George (1865 Ð 1934) was a painter, muralist, and educator who founded the Vesper Lincoln George School of Art in Boston in 1914. Some of his best known murals are located at the Pollard Memorial Library in Lowell, Massachusetts and the Bristol Trust Company in Bristol, Connecticut. Twelvemo. 117 pp. With three plates (including frontispiece) by Vesper L. George. PublisherÕs red cloth with printed paper spine label. Some wear and fading to cloth. Contemporary ink gift signature to front pastedown. Some toning to edges. A very good, clean copy. First edition. The Tragedy of a WidowÕs Third critiques unequal inheritance laws that left women, like the protagonist of the novel, impoverished after the deaths of their loved ones. The ÒwidowÕs thirdÓ of the title refers to the portion of a coupleÕs wealth left to a widow after a husbandÕs death in the state of Massachusetts. The wealth accrued by a married woman was also often legally counted as her husbandÕs, which could result in her own property being stripped from her after his death. Other parts of the United States (mostly states and territories in the west including Arizona, California, and Colorado) guaranteed a widow half of the coupleÕs wealth, but it wasnÕt until 1902 that an equal guardianship bill passed in Massachusetts. The bill was introduced by George Howard Fall, the husband of Anna Christy Fall (1855 Ð 1930). Wright III, 1791.
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A Child’s Garden of Verses.With nine poems not published in prior editions. Illustrations by Joyce Lancaster Wilson. Introduction by Janet Adam Smith

Stevenson, Robert Louis. Adrian Wilson (1924 Ð 1988) was encouraged to print the present work by Norman Strouse, founder of the Silverado Museum (now part of the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum), and Ellen Shaffer, the museumÕs curator. Shaffer also encouraged Wilson to contact the Beinecke Library, which housed a set of galley proofs of nine Stevenson poems that had not yet been published. Marjorie Wynne, a Beinecke research librarian, sent photocopies of the poems to Wilson so they could be included in the present work. In addition, Wynne suggested that Janet Adam Smith, a noted English scholar of Stevenson, write the introduction. In The Work and Play of Adrian Wilson, Wilson notes that the press mark, Òthe white painted wrought iron gate to our garden,Ó appears for the first time in the present work, printed on a green background above the colophon. Octavo. 114 pp. With nine full-page illustrations (including frontispiece), two tailpieces, and thirty-eight decorative initials, all printed in color. Adrian Wilson at the Press in Tuscany Alley with the assistance of Maria Poythress Epes, Jerry Reddan, Adriane Bosworth, and Myra Levy. Typeset by the Mackenzie-Harris Corporation in Centaur and Arrighi types and printed on a ColtÕs Armory press on Arches Laid Text. Bound by the Schuberth Bookbindery in green silk. A fine copy. One of five hundred copies, three hundred of which were bound by the Schuberth Bookbindery. The remaining two hundred copies were issued in folded gatherings for hand bookbinders. Signed on the colophon by Joyce Lancaster Wilson and Adrian Wilson. Adrian Wilson and Joyce Lancaster Wilson (1914 Ð 1996) were co-proprietors of the Press in Tuscany Alley. The couple printed books by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and many others on presses including a ColtÕs Armory, a Vandercook, and a Kelly B. Adrian Wilson and Joyce Lancaster Wilson (1914 Ð 1996) were co-proprietors of the Press in Tuscany Alley. The couple printed books by Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, and many others on presses including a ColtÕs Armory, a Vandercook, and a Kelly B. The Work and Play of Adrian Wilson, 182. Burgess, Charles. ÒJoyce Lancaster WilsonÓ (obituary). SF Gate (April 17, 1996).
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Conversations on Political Economy; in which the Elements of that Science are Familiarly Explained.

[ Marcet, Jane ]. The present work uses the format of a conversation between a teacher and her young pupil Caroline. In the Oxford DNB, Elizabeth J. Morse writes, ÒConversations on Political Economy utilized Ricardian principles before the publication of RicardoÕs Principles on Political Economy. ÒAs in all her works Marcet laid no claim to original through, but she wrote in a lucid, pleasant style, incorporating the latest, often controversial, theories in her popular works. Conversations on Political Economy was praised by Macaulay and Say, and was approved by Malthus, McCulloch, and Ricardo. Her confident presentation of complex ideas in the form of appealing dialogue repelled later economists (notably Alfred Marshall) and led others to conclude that hers was economics for schoolgirls (Schumpeter), but the bookÕs popularity with adult readers grateful for a simple introduction to a new and forbidding field of knowledege indicates MarcetÕs accurate perception of a wide and generally sophisticated readership for an introductory economics text.Ó Macaulay added that Òevery girl who has read Mrs. MarcetÕs little dialogues on political economy could teach Montagu or Walpole many lessons in finance.Ó Twelvemo. xii, 485 pp. Attractively rebound in modern light brown calf over marbled boards. Spine titled in gilt. Slight edgewear. Some toning and dustsoiling, as usual, but overall quite clean. A very good copy. Second edition, as stated. First published in 1816. Jane Haldimand Marcet (1769-1858) was a writer on science and economics and an important figure in the history of womenÕs education. Her Conversations on Chemistry (1805) was one of the first elementary science textbooks, written after Marcet attended the lectures of Sir Humphry Davy at the Royal Institution. Michael Faraday read it while working as a bookbinderÕs apprentice. Though the author insists in the Preface that her knowledge of the subject is Òbut recentÓ and she Òcan have no real claims to the title of chymist,Ó her work was popular and influential. Marcet was also a friend and colleague of many important women intellectuals, including Maria Edgeworth and Harriet Martineau. Morse notes that Conversations on Political Economy inspired Martineau to begin writing fiction with economic themes, like her Illustrations of Political Economy (1832). Marcet was married to the important physician Alexander Marcet (1770 Ð 1822). The Feminist Companion to Literature in English, p. 713.
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True Stories for Little People. Grave and Gay.

[ Children's books. Searle, Edis, pseud.] The moral of each story is the importance of Christian belief. ÒThe Deaf and Dumb Boy,Ó for example, describes the boyÕs attempts to learn how to communicate and his delight when he finally learns about Jesus for the first time. ÒBlack ChildrenÓ begins with a scene of an English captain capturing a slave ship and freeing the children held there in Sierra Leone, with a following baptism scene that celebrates Christian missionary colonization. The story ÒA Hottentot FeastÓ recounts the observations of Òan English gentleman who was traveling in South Africa some years agoÓ on a hippopotamus hunt and the resulting feast: ÒYou see the Hottentots are a very dirty people, and eat all sorts of very nasty things; and so they do not care much whether the meat is well cooked or not, or whether they cut it with knives or tear it off with their fingers,Ó (p. 43). The story ends with the moral that, though the hippopotamus is an ÒuglyÓ animal, it is still one of GodÕs creations, and of Ògreat useÓ to the people who subsist on it. Small octavo. 172 pp. With ten engraved plates, including frontispiece, by Thomas Bolton. PublisherÕs green cloth titled in gilt. Some rubbing to corners. Binding somewhat loose. Some dustsoiling to plates and facing pages. A very good copy of a scarce book. First edition. A collection of ten short stories for children seemingly themed around introducing upper-class English children to groups of people they might not be familiar with, including orphans in the Foundling Hospital (ÒBessie and TommyÓ), a disabled child (ÒThe Deaf and Dumb BoyÓ), children in South Africa (ÒA Hottentot FeastÓ) and Sierra Leone (ÒBlack ChildrenÓ), the poor of Hamburg (ÒRagged Children of HamburgÓ), and native New Zealanders (ÒA Country Far AwayÓ). OCLC records only four copies (BL, Cambridge, Oxford, National Library of Scotland).
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L'annee sainte

L’annee sainte, ouvrage instructif sur le jubil ; suivi de la paraphrase de plusieurs Pseaumes & Cantiques choisis; Par lÕEditeur des Lettres du Pape Cl ment XIV. Nouvelle edition exactement revue et corrig e.

[ Caraccioli, Louis-Antoine ]. LÕann e sainte, or the jubilee year is described by Webster as Òa plenary indulgence proclaimed by the Pope every twenty-five years (an ordinary jubilee) or during a time of stress, as a plague, or rejoicing, as an anniversary (an extraordinary jubilee).Ó The first jubilee on record was proclaimed in 1300 by Boniface VIII. The 1775 jubilee was proclaimed by Clement XIV, who died before it was celebrated, in September of 1774. The event was celebrated in subdued tones by Pius VI who was elected on Feb 15th 1775. About 300,000 pilgrims were at the jubilee. Holy Thursday saw a procession of 100 oriental bishops in their splendid vestments. Numbered among the pilgrims was Maximillian of Austria. Two parts in one, twelvemo. [4], xvi, 220, 223, [1, errata], [3, approbation and privilege] pp. Engraved frontispiece. Contemporary mottled calf. Gilt decorated spine, edges stained red. A few scuffs to covers. A few scuffs to covers. A very good copy. New edition of a rare work, the original of which seems to have been published in the same year. OCLC lists two copies in North AmericaÑat UCLA and VanderbiltÑand two in France. CaraccioliÕs book is an exhaustive study of LÕAnn e Sainte and its history, with paraphrases of various psalms and canticles. Caraccioli (1723-1803), who is best known for his books on manners and style, was also the author of a life of Clement XIV (1776), and an edition of his letters (1775), which some said were of his own authorship. Cioranescu 15501.
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De lÕinfluence des femmes sur la littŽrature franaise, comme protectrices des lettres et comme auteurs.

StŽphanie-FŽlicitŽ, Madame de Genlis (1746 Ð 1830) was a prolific author of educational works for children and romance novels. In 1772, she became a lady-in-waitingÊtoÊLouise Marie AdŽla•de de Bourbon, wife of the DukeÕs sonÊPhilippe dÕOrlŽans, Duke of Chartres, and began a brief affair with Chartres. She was appointed governess to his daughters in 1777 and assigned to teach his sons in 1781, an unusual decision that spoke to GenlisÕ abilities as an educator. Genlis had published her first educational works, a series titled ThŽ‰tre de lՎducation (1779 Ð 1780), around the same time, which had been inspired by a series of theater productions she had written with Madame de Montesson (1738 Ð 1806). The plays starred their children and were attended by aristocrats including Diderot and dÕAlembert. Octavo. lx, 373 pp. Later nineteenth century quarter calf over marbled boards. Gilt spine. Marbled edges. Some toning throughout. A very good, wide copy. First edition. This study of the influence of over forty French women authors begins with Radegund (ca. 520 Ð 587) and ends with Sophie Cottin (1770 Ð 1807). Genlis also wrote the childrenÕs works Les Annales de la vertuÊ(1781) andÊAdle et ThŽodoreÊ(1782), as well as the popular romance Mademoiselle de Clermont (1802). Her works were read (though not always admired) by many important woman writers including Jane Austen, Fanny Burney, and Anna Letitia Barbauld, the latter of whom favorably compared GenlisÕ Adle et ThŽodore to RousseauÕs Emile.