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[West, Mrs. Jane]
The Infidel Father (in 3 vols)
London: Printed by A. Strahan, 1802. First edition. Bound ca. 1802 by Jacques of Chichester (with his binders ticket on the front paste-down of volume one) in quarter calf over marbled boards with vellum tips. Smooth spines decoratively tooled in gilt with a 'feather' design, red morocco labels lettered in gilt (label on volume two replaced). Light wear to joints and spine extremities, still an excellent and untouched (apart from one spine label) set in its original 'provincial' binding. Three small octavo volumes (159 x 101 mm.) collating iv, 306 pp; [ii, blank], iii-viii, 345, [1, advertisements] pp; iv, 346. A difficult book to find in nice condition, from an important didactic writer whose works engaged with Mary Wollstonecraft and inspired Jane Austen. Jane West, who published as both Prudentia Homespun and Mrs. West, was an English novelist, poet, playwright, and writer of conduct literature and educational tracts. More conservative than some of the women writers she engaged with, West was nevertheless an advocate for expanding education for women. She was, herself, only informally educated; and she could perceive great benefits for women who were given sufficient academic training. Despite promoting domesticity and traditional feminine ideals in her texts, West did not entirely practice the lifestyle she preached. Publicly visible, financially successful, and politically outspoken, "she was not above self-promotion and exploiting the media of the day; by 1800 there seems to have been a conscious campaign to obtain a wider audience for her," and among her readers … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [United States]
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