Rare Second American Edition and Earliest Attainable of the First Book Published that was Devoted to Women and Printed in the Colonies
BOUDIET DE VILLEMERT, P.J. Ladies Friend; being a treatise on the virtues and qualifications which are the brightest ornaments of the fair sex, and render them most agreeable to the sensible part of mankind. Philadelphia: Printed and Sold by R. Aitken , 1781.
Full contemporary calf. Boards a bit rubbed. Some worming to top margin of first two leaves, not affecting text. Previous owner's contemporary ink ownership inscriptions on endpapers and title-page. Occasional marginal closed tears, with no loss of text. Overall a very good copy.

Chapters in this book include State of Women in Society, Of the Studies fit for Women, Of Women's Occupations, Of Diversions, Of the Luxury of Women, Of Women's Dress, Of the Temper and Disposition of Women, Of Love and Gallantry, Of Marriage, Education of Children, and Virtues of Women.

First book devoted entirelyto women and printed in the colonies. A search of the American Antiquarian Society and Evans imprints list no other earlier title under the similar subject than the 1771 Dunlap edition.

According to the Library of Congress, "Early works on women's role in society... include the first American printings of popular foreign titles... Pierre Joseph Boudier de Villemert's The Ladies Friend (Philadelphia: John Dunlap, 1771; encourages women to study the arts, literature, and history."

ESTC W19378. Bristol B5245. Shipton & Mooney 43947, 43986.

HBS # 68539 $7,500

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