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[Women's Education] Smith, Charlotte
Rural Walks: In Dialogues Intended for the Use of Young Persons
London: T. Cadell Jun. and W. Davies, 1795. First edition. Rebacked to style in quarter calf over contemporary marbled boards with morocco labels and gilt to spine. Some gentle rubbing front and rear; front board slightly bowed. Early ownership signature to the front endpaper traces the book's exchange among women: "Mary & Fanny Benson, March 1st, 1850 from Maddy." Later pencil ownership mark of John Walter to front pastedown. Two volumes bound in one, internally clean and complete, collating vi, [2], 174; [4], 183, [1, advert]. A scarce and early work in the field of education, Rural Walks is recorded at only 13 institutions according to ESTC (6 of these in the U.S.) and the present is the only first edition on the market. In her own time, Charlotte Turner Smith's work gained the attention of fellow novelists including Sir Walter Scott and Jane Austen; and it earned her the praise of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Anna Laetitia Barbauld for its "pioneering sustained natural descriptions in novels" (Poetical Works). Prolific in poetry and prose, Smith wrote not for pleasure but to support her children and herself. "Born into landed gentry, a life of comfort and affluence...she thrived with avid reading, tutoring in landscape painting, dancing, acting, mathematics, and French - all resources on which she would come to rely in adult life" (Sodeman). Womanhood came early for her, as her father married her at 16 to a man whose fiscal irresponsibility and philandering led her into penury. Having, in her own words, been "sold a legal prostitute in my early youth to a monster," Sm … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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