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[Sterndale, Mary]
The Panorama of Youth (in 2 vols.)
London: J. Carpenter, 1807. First edition. Contemporary boards rebacked with modern cloth and spine labels. Rubbing to extremities and spotting to boards. Endpapers replaced. Collates [xvi], 239, [1]; [ii], 238: lacking the half title for volume I, else complete. Some pages trimmed short. Signatures B and C in volume I loose. Wear to edges of text blocks; scattered foxing throughout. Manuscript poetry in a contemporary woman's hand tipped into the front and rear of volume II. No other signs of ownership. A unique copy with research possibility on a female owner's engagement with her text, Sterndale's work on women is held by 5 US institutions according to OCLC, with the present being the only one on the market. A friend to poet Anna Seward, Mary Sterndale moved through a local community of writers and schoolmasters in her early womanhood. Under the patronage of the famed Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, she launched her writing career in 1807 with The Panorama of Youth being her first published book. A success which would soon be reprinted in the US, the book's dedication notes the author's sadness that the the Duchess did not live to see its release. Indeed, the Duchess of Devonshire was a powerful supporter of politicians, scholars, and artists; her favor defined trends and made careers. Notably, the Duchess was not the only woman deserving of Sterndale's appreciation: the author acknowledges "her temerity in presuming to follow the steps of [Bluestocking Anna Laetitia] Barbauld" in becoming an author. Sterndale's two volume text, according to her preface, intends to … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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