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Genlis, [Stephanie] the Countess of
Theatre of Education (in 4 vols.)
London: T. Cadell, P. Elmsly, and T. Durham, 1781. First edition in English. Contemporary polished calf with morocco labels to spines. Occasional light shelfwear, and hinges to volume IV the slightest but tender but holding strong. Armorial bookplate of the Marquess of Headfort (1757-1829) to the front pastedown of each volume. A wide-margined copy, with pages measuring 130 x 200mm; it is internally fresh, bright, and unmarked. Collating [4], 522, [2]; [4], 463, [1, blank]; [4], 432; [4], 408: volume II bound without the rear endpaper, else complete including half and full titles and advertisements to all volumes. According to ESTC, the first edition was not issued plates or illustrations, though some catalogue entries note a later-inserted frontis to some copies. ESTC further reports 20 copies worldwide, with the caveat that many are "held as mixed sets containing one or more volumes from the 2d edition," making full first edition sets more rare. With the last copy at auction selling in 1907 and the present as the only one available on the market, this early women's education text has become quite scarce. "A prodigious writer of novels and educational treatises, Stephanie the Countess of Genlis became the first woman to serve as the governor of royal princes when she was appointed to direct the education of the children of Phillipe, Duke d'Orleans...Madame de Genlis proved herself a rigorous instructor not only in academic subjects like geometry and mathematics...but also in stressing the importance of charity and good works among the poor" (Encyclopedia). While a decade l … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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