London: T. Cadill and W. Davies in the Strand, 1819. First edition. Rebound to style in full calf with red morocco spine label. Collates: xxiii, , 518 pages: complete. Light offsetting to the front and rear endpapers; scattered foxing affecting pages 380-413. In all a just about Fine copy of this important work by influential Bluestocking Hannah More. The last appearance of the first edition at auction is listed at Sotheby's in 1977.
The final published work of prolific Bluestocking author, abolitionist, and advocate for education and economic reform, Hannah More. Here, More takes a fairly fearless approach to topics of worship and human behavior, noting "at her advanced age, the writer has little to hope from praise, or little to fear from censure...The more near her time approaches for her leaving the world, there is a sense in which she feels herself more strongly interested in it; for its advance in all that is right in principle and virtuous in action." To this end, Moral Sketches opens with a consideration of how individuals view each other's social practices across the Channel. Among her key observations is that the English people would benefit from a continued push for wider-spread education, but that these lessons should include a significant increase in their moral content. With chapters largely focused on topics like judgement, prayer, and duty, Moral Sketches is the logical conclusion to an individual life and an activist corpus focused on creating a better world for women, children, and the poor.
Feminist Companion 760. The Life of Hannah More, 275-277. Encyclopedia of British Women Writers. Biographical Sketches of the Bluestockings. Near Fine (Item #2682)