First American Edition
WOMEN. The Polite Lady or, a Course of Female Education. In a Series of letters, From a Mother to her Daughter. Philadelphia: Printed for Mathew Carey , 179.
Disbound, but with calf spine intact. Red morocco spine label, lettered in gilt. Edges speckled blue. Preliminary pages including half-title and title-page a bit frayed and chipped. Leaves with toning as expected in early American books. Previous owner's old ink signature on title-page. Overall good.

Dedicated to "The Governesses of Ladies' Boarding Schools in Great Britain and Ireland". Forty numbered letters, thirty of which were written by 'Portia' to her daughter 'Sophia', who had recently gone to boarding school, along with ten replies from 'Sophia'.

"The letters deal with several aspects of a young womanís education, both at school and in society. They cover a range of skills that an Accomplished Young Lady needs: reading, writing, cyphering (basic arithmetic and book-keeping), dancing, drawing, music, French, geography, and sewing. The goal of the book is not practical how-tos, though- itís all about inspiring the daughter, named Sophia, to pay attention to her studies and to develop good habits." (Her Reputation for Accomplishment [dot com].

Evans 34389, ESTC T95315 (first British edition).

HBS # 68559 $1,000

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