Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)

(Item #4811) Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.). Hester Chapone.
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)
A Bluestocking advises the rising generation of women to take charge of their own educations and pursue scripture, economy, geography, literature, and history
Letters on the Improvement of the Mind, Addressed to a Young Lady, plus Miscellanies (in 3 vols.)

London: H. Hughes for J. Walter; E. and C. Dilly and J. Walter, 1775. Early Edition. Fifth Edition of Chapone's Letters on the Improvement of the Mind (volumes I-II) and the Second Edition of Chapone's Miscellanies (volume III). Contemporary polished calf with gilt and morocco labels to spines. Early bookplates of Elizabeth Bradburne to front pastedowns; later bookplates of Peter Stewart Young to front endpapers. A square and pleasing set, with some rubbing along front joint of volume I and some offsetting to pastedowns. Internally an exceptionally fresh copy, with none of the foxing typical of this era. Measuring 95 x 155mm and collating complete, including half and full titles for all volumes.

Initially released anonymously and in a small quantity, Letters on the Improvement of the Mind was written by famed Bluestocking Hester Chapone, whose name appeared in all later editions. Compiled in the volumes are Chapone's advice to her 15 year old niece, encouraging the girl's education across the fields of scripture, economy, geography, literature, and history. "Hitherto you have 'thought as a child and understood as a child,' but it is time to 'put childish things away.' You are now in your fifteenth year, and must soon act for yourself; therefore it is high time to store your mind with those principles which must direct your conduct and fix your character." Chapone explains that this best occurs when a young woman has an understanding of history and the world around her; and that this knowledge will improve her character by teaching her how to govern herself and navigate all situations public and private. For Chapone, the rise to womanhood is an emergence into independent selfhood. As an educational and conduct manual for young women, Letters became a sensation in its own time, with 28 new editions being rapidly released beginning that same year. An important, forward-thinking treatise on the education of young women.

Bound with Chapone's Miscellanies, which was among her bestsellers.

Feminist Companion to Literature 195.
Near Fine (Item #4811)

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