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Strictures on the Modern System of Female - MORE Hannah - 1799. 
1799 - MORE, Hannah. Strictures on the Modern System of Education. With A View of the Principles and Conduct Prevalent among Women of Rank and Fortune. London: T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1799. Two volumes. Octavo, original blue paper boards rebacked, later printed paper spine labels, uncut; pp. xix, 274; vii, 322. $2800.First edition of More's profoundly influential work on the education and role of women, published only seven years after Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman""key works often opposed in approach yet united in a basic tenet: "education is a discipline for life."Hannah More united theology, philanthropy and practical experience in a way that "allowed her to break the boundaries of gender and class and to assume a moral, religious, and political authority that was unprecedented for a middle-class woman of the period" (ODNB). "Only seven years separate the publications of Wollstonecraft's Vindication of the Rights of Woman". from More's Strictures". The especial power of a woman's mind, though figured differently by each author and working under quite different constraints, is the basic tenet that unites Wollstonecraft and More. Education is a discipline for life. Wollstonecraft and More write with passion about the education of women, in particular, and the preeminence of influence in the domestic sphere because each topic has been so sadly trivialized". these manifestos promote fundamental changes in attitude." Despite key differences, both "envisioned transforming the state by modeling governance on domestic arrangement. Wollstonecraft would have no quarrel with More's call to women 'to exert themselves, with a patriotism at once firm and feminine, for the general good".' and that 'the chief end to be proposed, in cultivating the understandings of women, is to qualify them for the practical purposes of life'" (Demers, World of Hannah More, 81-5). "A growing estimation of More's importance also reflects an awareness of her central literary status in the period as a dramatist, poet, educational pioneer and political writer". also in the struggle to abolish the slave trade" (Keen, Revolutions in Romantic Literature, 255n). First edition, with no edition statement on title pages. Volume I with half title; Volume II with leaf of publisher's advertisements at rear. Lowndes, 1604. DNB, 866. Early owner signatures of Althea Fanshawe, the contemporary author and educator whose own works include Thoughts on Affectation (1805) and Easter Holidays, or Domestic Conversations (1797).Interiors very fresh with only lightest scattered foxing, faint soiling, mild edge-wear to boards. A beautiful copy. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Bauman Rare Books]
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