First Edition, "From the Author"
MORE, Hannah. Hints Towards Forming the Character of a Young Princess. In Two Volumes. London: Printed for T. Cadell and W. Davies , 1805.
First edition. (There was a second edition printed the same year as the first, but the edition is stated on the tile-page). With "From the Author" on the half-title of Volume one. Two octavo volumes (7 1/2 x 4 5/8 inches; 192 x 117 mm). xix, [1, blank], 330, [6, publisher's advertisements], [2, blank]; viii, 403, [3, blank]. Half-titles in both volumes.

Contemporary full calf, rebacked to style. Boards with gilt rule border. Spine ruled in gilt. Red morocco spine label on each volume, lettered in gilt. Gilt board edges and dentelles. All edges marbled. Marbled endpapers. Previous owner's armorial bookplate on front pastedown of each volume. "From the Author" in ink of half-title of volumes 1 and a few underlines and marginal notes in the same or similar hand. Internally very clean. Overall a very good copy.

The works of conservative philanthropist, novelist, playwright, poet, and philosopher Hannah More (1745-1833) were long “[d]eplored by radicals since William Cobbett, [but] lately reassessed by feminist scholars” (The Feminist Companion to Literature in English, pp. 760-761).

Hannah More (1745-1833) “English religious writer, best known as a writer of popular tracts and as an educator of the poor. As a young woman with literary aspirations, More made the first of her visits to London and was befriended by David Garrick [and Edmund Burke, Samuel Johnson, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Thomas Percy, Mrs. Montagu, and all of the Blue Stocking ladies]...Village Politics (1792; under the pseudonym of Will Chip), written to counteract Thomas Paine’s Rights of Man, was so successful that it led to the production of a series of ‘Cheap Repository Tracts.’ Her final popular success as a writer was the didactic novel Coelebs in Search of a Wife (1808). The feminist movement in the second half of the 20th century revived interest in her Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education [1799]” (Merriam-Webster’s Encyclopedia of Literature).

"The logical progression of More's view that women's education and conduct determined the moral state of a nation was that the education of a female monarch, who was the ultimate moral exemplar, was the most important concern to a moralist. She therefore addressed Princess Charlotte, who was second in line to the throne, in her third work on female education, Hints towards Forming the Character of a Young Princess (2 vols., 1805). Despairing of the immoral conduct of the prince of Wales and fearful of a return of George III's incapacitating illness, More, in common with her fellow evangelicals, viewed the young princess as the saviour of the nation. She outlined a curriculum suitable for a future monarch that was rich in classical and English history, Christian theology, and the nature of royal duties." (Oxford Dictionary of National Biography).

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