London: J&C Evans, [N.D]. Early editions. Sammelband of five Cheap Repository Tracts authored by Hannah More and emphasizing issues of gender and race. Contemporary quarter roan over marbled wraps, measuring 160 x 100mm. Some gentle shelfwear to volume, but presenting well overall. Internally unmarked, with occasional light marginal foxing not affecting text. Contents include The History of Hester Wilmot, The Good Mother's Legacy, Black Giles the Poacher, Tawney Rachel, and The Lancashire Collier Girl; all complete including titles. Gathered together and bound for presentation, this sammelband is inscribed on the front endpaper by Hannah More: "The gift of the Author to Miss Alexander with the best wishes for her happiness in Time and Eternity. Hannah More 1829."
A collection of early editions from Hannah More's Cheap Repository, all published close to the date of presentation. While we have been unable to identify the recipient Miss Alexander, it seems likely that she was among the guests, friends and visitors More entertained at her home in Clifton, following her retirement a year earlier in 1828. Throughout her prolific career, More had mentored and collaborated with other women writers, philanthropists, abolitionists and educators. In this sense, the personal selection of titles within this sammelband reveal something about More and Miss Alexander's relationship. Each title in some specific way touches on female duty, women's need for education to protect them from social ill, the dangers of bad marriage, and God's grace being the only and ultimate means for finding peace. Whether More was providing these titles to Miss Alexander as a means of guidance from an older woman to a younger, or whether these tracts spoke to the women's shared interests and missions, further research could potentially uncover. (Item #4651)